The Hunger (G.P. Putnam & Sons, $27) by Alma Katsu takes the tragic tale of the Donner Party and infuses it with hints of witchcraft, vampirism, lycanthropy, cannibalism and zombiism in a tale that is fated to become the latest Donner Party-inspired horror movie.
The signs were all there: dreams, Indian legends, shadow figures and a trail of corpses. The Donner Party is in for a rough journey in this book, which postulates a virulent infectious disease that transforms many of its victims into ravenous monsters—as if those unfortunate emigrants didn’t have enough trouble.
—Terry A. Del Bene, author of The Donner Party Cookbook