The premise of Hunger says it all: a 17-year-old-anorexic girl is cast as Famine, Horseman of the Apocalypse. If that weren't enough, Death bears a more than passing resemblance to dead rocker Kurt Cobain. From there, the only fear is whether Jackie Kessler can sustain the promise of her set-up. Fortunately for us, the book not only lives up to its potential, but clears the way for a fresh and fantastical Young Adult series that deftly connects its own mystique to very serious teen realities.Hunger is like the perfect Young Adult mix of Stephen King's fantastic novel Thinner and Piers Anthony's On a Pale Horse, but while similar to these stories (and to the Marvel comic book series "X-Factor" that inspired the author), Kessler creates her own superbly unique mythology. The perfectly named Lisabeth Lewis becomes -- in a very short span within a very thin novel -- a wholly believable voice that the reader craves more of by the story's end.This novel took two hours to read, from purchase to finish. Highly recommended.