Racing against this impending outcome, Peter Crane and his family attempt to reach a laboratory in Boston, where a slim hope of saving the human race from extinction exists. But before heading northeast, they must visit the swamps of South Carolina’s Hellhole Bay to find a scientist who can help undo the damage done by ExoGen, the corporation that created and unleashed RC-714. Upon reaching Hellhole, the family is captured by a man named Mason, who not only survived the Change, but managed to keep a small community alive as well—a community that is subject to his every carnal desire and whim.
Trapped in the clutches of a man whose heart is as twisted as the monsters that roam the Earth, Peter, Ella, Jakob, Anne and Alia, must fight for their freedom from a literal hellhole. Danger lurks behind every door, stalks beneath the swampy waters and descends from the sky. As enemies—both human and ExoGenetic—close in, surviving will be harder than ever, and for some, impossible.
Feast, Book 2 in the Hunger series, picks up not long after the end of Hunger. The main characters are still pursuing their ultimate goal of saving the human race from extinction while also being pursued by men and genetically-altered creatures alike. New characters are introduced that present new challenges for Peter Crane and his family even as their own relationships continue to grow and evolve.
Book 2 is every bit as fast-paced as Book 1 in both action and plot twists. Knight does a masterful job of weaving additional backstory and deep character insights into the frenetic story as tension builds throughout. I was especially impressed with his handling of Boone who comes across as a loathsome, one-dimensional character early on before revealing a more honorable side of his nature as the story unfolds.
One of the most interesting storylines involves Anne experiencing some of her mother’s memories as they leak into her consciousness from the drive that was connected to her brain. It’s a clever plot device that not only reveals more background information but also serves to shift the reader’s fundamental view of several characters.
Overall, this was a solid sequel that in many ways, outperformed the original. It’s a fast-paced, easy read that fans of post-apocalypse and horror fiction alike should enjoy.
On a personal note, I'd like to wish all the best to the author as he struggles through some of the personal issues he detailed on his website. I think I speak for all his fans when I say, as much as we enjoy the fruits of your immense talent, please take however much time may be necessary for yourself and your family. Everyone here at Knockin' Books is thinking of you.
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