“This dark fantasy tells the tale of two teens in alternating chapters. Sadima lives in a world where magic is considered dangerous. She soon leaves her sheltered farm life behind to find Franklin, a young man who visited her years earlier, in the city of Limori. Sadima soon finds herself caught between two forces: love for Franklin and hatred of his friend, Somiss, who is determined to bring magic back into the world. The second story (set many years after Sadima's story) revolves around Hahp who is sent to an academy of magic. The wizards of the academy pit Hahp against the other boys in a test of intelligence and survival. As those around him starve, Hahp vows to survive and destroy the academy and its founder, Somiss.
The first in a trilogy, Skin Hunger was a 2007 National Book Award for Young People finalist. This is a smart, compelling, character driven fantasy that you will not be able to put down.