Monday, June 18, 2012

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Publisher: Macmillan: St. Martin’s Griffin

Series: The Hunt Trilogy (bk. 1)

Genera: Paranormal/sci-fi dystopian

Subjects: Vampires, survival,

Length: 293 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

Summary/ product description: “Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.
Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?”

My Rating: êêêê

My Review: This book was pretty awesome. My only complaint it the long, long chapters that were more like parts. Other than that, it was easy to read. It was interesting to see how different society would be if vampire-like creatures were the normal people. The lack of showing emotion, the weird tendency to stratch their wrists or sleep upside down. Their fear of drowning. It’s amazing that Gene was able to blend in by copying them. And the Hunt, it was like the Vampire Hunger Games. It was the real Hunger Games, because they were really hungry for Hepers. And what are the odd of a heper in hiding getting picked to participate in the Heper Hunt (let alone 2)? And there was his romance with Ashley June, the girl with the red hair (Gene just calls her that, it’s not really her name).

I have to say that this book has some of the best world-building I’ve seen. The author really put a lot of thought into the behaviors of vampires and zombies vs. human behavior and what effects they would have of society. And these vampire eat flesh, not just blood. And they’re not immortal, they age, but the sun does kill them. And they don’t have names, just designations, which is weird. Maybe naming is a human thing?

I wonder what the author will cook up in the sequel, The Prey, coming early next year.

Cover Art Review: Really cool cover, but I was expecting it to be metallic. Still love the ripped look.

This book is also available in audiobook! Click to listen to the sample:

~Haley G

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