Skin Hunger is an interesting, suspenseful and exciting book with crazy characters and mind blowing scenes. The author writes with the appropriate amount of detail and thrills, but, I do admit that the ending was like reaching a brick wall in the middle of a desert. I didn’t know what to do, or think about it.
The characters were surprisingly good and not what I expected. They all have completely different personalities and there’s a huge contrast between Sadima and Hahp, who the story was mainly focused on. I loved reading about the sweet farm girl Sadima and then swapping to the spoiled little brat Hahp. I don’t know why, but it was fascinating.
The other characters deserve some credit as well, though. They were very secretive and hard to figure out. An example of one is Gerrard because even towards the end I had no idea what to think about him. He was interesting and really hard to figure out, there was something about him that made him stand out. It’s always good when you can be so enticed by a character and not know why. It adds to the mystery.
Skin Hunger flowed reasonably smooth, but it was a bit hard to figure out what was going on sometimes. If the author could word things more clearly it would have been better. A few times I had to go back a few pages to find out what was going on and what I missed; I don’t find that appealing in a book.
Something else I didn’t like about Skin Hunger was that the ending, even though it was interesting, it was a horrible a cliff-hanger. I had high expectations for the ending, so I don’t know if my disappointment was due to that, but the story was still ruined. It seemed to stop mid story, almost as if a quarter of the story was cut out. I didn’t know what to think of it. If there is a sequel, I would love to read it and see what happens in the end. I was so excited to know and I still am.
Skin Hunger is a good book, with a little bit of a letdown ending, but still worth it. I would recommend it to people 13+, because, putting mild cuss-words aside, it’s not something I think children would find appealing. It’s a mature book that gets your mind twisting and turning and one that wouldn’t mix well with deadlines or homework. I suggest if you do read it, read it when you have nothing to get done.
Format: B-format paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: S&S SIMON & SCHUSTER (UK)
Publication Date: March 11, 2008