Monday, May 14, 2012

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Genre:  YA Paranormal Dystopian
The Hunt Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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?

This is how the progression of my thoughts went:  
  • Human trying to act like a vampire, really? *Insert skepticism here*
  • Now this is a new and different world.
  • Hunt, really?
  • It's slowly starting to pick up.
  • They're hunting the humans.
  • OMG, what's going to happen?
  • Action galore, scary vampires, freaky-deaky scenes...
  • And then the ending came.  And this is what I literally said, "Are you kidding me?!!!!!!!  WTF?!!!!!!!!!!"
This book takes an amazingly different take on the vampire dystopian world.  Gene, the main character, survives by acting like a vampire.  And while that didn't rub very well with me in the beginning, I quickly got over it.  And we find out there's a hunt that random vampires get to participate in.  And this hunt involves chasing down humans, commonly known as hepers in this book.  And not just any hepers, but the last ones that are known to exist.  And somehow, Gene ends up in the middle of this mess.

If you couldn't tell by my wacko thoughts, this book gets progressively better.  By the last quarter, it is pure action.  I mean it's a hunt, how can there not be action?  But I started questioning whether or not there would be an actual ending once I noticed the unread pages were slimming down.  About that ending?  It's not an ending; there's a cliff hanger.

Who should read it?  Anyone who loves vampires.  Anyone into dystopians.  It's a definite must-read for paranormal dystopian fans.  Just note that it's different and definitely not lovey-dovey.

And I'll leave you with a quote that I absolutely loved:
Lunchtime has always been a challenge for me because I don't have any friends.  I'm a loner, partly because it's safer---less interaction, less chance of being found out.  Mostly, though, it's the prospect of being eaten alive by your so-called friend that kills any possibility of shared intimacy.  Call me picky, but imminent death at the hands (or teeth) of a friend who would suckle blood out of you at the drop of a hat. . . that throws a monkey wrench into friendship building.     ~p 11

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