Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

Genre:  YA Dystopian Vampire
The Hunt Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Andrew Fukuda's website):
For Gene and the remaining humans, death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast, a barren wasteland devoid of life, all the while trying to elude the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But death is not the only thing following Gene. He's haunted by the memory of the girl he left behind, Ashley June, especially as his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side, begin to deepen.

When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they're finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilization begins to raise more questions than answers. Rules are strict, punishments severe, and young men are nowhere to be found. The more he learns about his new, seemingly happy home, the more Gene begins to wonder if the world they've entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. But as life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other . . . if they can stay alive.

I was a little weary about starting the second one since I could see this series either doing well or going terribly wrong.  So I thought I'd wait until the third was out, so I could finish it all.  Well, like the first book, I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

Gene, Sissy, and their little human gang are on the run from The Hunt.  Vampires see them as the last piece of human meat, literally.  And they will stop at nothing to eat them.  With the river leading their way to salvation and keeping the vampires at bay, they try to come up with a plan for when the river ends.  The Scientist gave them a plan within riddles of memory.  As they search for clues, they find the Land of Milk and Honey.  But with weird elders, too many girls and not enough boys, things seem a little off with this last piece of human civilization.  Is this really the Land of Milk and Honey or did the Scientist intend to lead them further in the journey?

While we don't deal with a lot of vampires in this book, we get to see humans.  And while we like to think of the goodness in our humanity, sometimes there's a terrible darkness when our "survive at all costs" gene kicks in.  But we also get to learn of this world's history, how the vampires came to be.  And it's so interesting.  But once again, towards the end, we get another curve ball thrown at us.  And that ending just kind of tears you apart.  You just think, "No no no, I need more."

Glad the third one is out.  Pretty happy I waited also.  I'll be grabbing the third one soon.

Challenges:  Dystopia Reading Challenge

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