The Hunger by Alma Katsu is an intense blend of historical fiction and horror. It is based on the true story of the Donner Party whose doomed journey across the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the brutal winter of 1846 led to the most famous instance of survival cannibalism in the history of the United States. The author explores the hard choices people are capable of making when faced with certain death and what a fine line it truly is between us and animals. Bad luck plagued the wagon train from the very start, and when supplies ran low and people were dying the ones who were left realized they were being hunted. The question is are the monsters lurking in the shadows real, or is it our fellow humans who should scare us the most.