Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Book Review: The Hunt, by Andrew Fukuda

My word for The Hunt is unputdownable. Yes, it was necessary to suspend some disbelief, but I enjoyed the fast, tense pace.

Our main character (who doesn't have a name until about 1/2 way through) is human -- otherwise known as a heper. The world is now populated with "people" who are vampires. Gene (the name of the main character) has lived hidden among the vampires, pretending to be one of them, risking his life every day for his whole life.

He can't sweat, or use any facial expressions, or laugh or yawn, or slouch. There are many other things that vampires don't do -- so Gene has adapted as best he can. He must be awake during the dark and sleep during the day.

The thing that turns Gene's world upside down is the announcement that there's going to be a hunt. For hepers. Members of the "people" will be selected at random, trained, and allowed to hunt hepers that have been raised in captivity. Guess what -- Gene is randomly selected, and faces even more challenges to keep his true identity hidden. Vampires don't drink water or eat anything except raw meat. Now that Gene is constantly among them, there isn't any water available.

This is only one of many challenges and close calls, and it was sometimes difficult to believe Gene's successes. And, the main premise, that Gene has been able to hide his humanness is hard to believe. I got past that, because my heart was pounding during much of The Hunt. During those "close calls," I was rooting for Gene. I wanted the Hepers in captivity to somehow be able to survive and defeat the vampires.

I liked the characterization that Fukada gives the vampires. They scratch their wrists instead of laughing. They crack their necks and drool when they get excited. I just loved their "personalities." There's a lot of blood, and parts are pretty gross.

If you want a different, exciting take on vampires, and you are willing to get past a premise that has some weaknesses, give The Hunt a try. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but I can hand The Hunt to A LOT of my teens, and they will devour it.

Published by St. Martin's Griffin, May 8, 2012
eBook obtained from NetGalley
304 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. Oh so glad to hear you liked it so much!!! I found it disturbingly thrilling and I was mesmerized by this dark tale!! The end was totally shocking and I can't wait for the next one!

  2. LOL! Great minds think alike! Great review and I think you are right, a lot of teens will love this book. As an adult, I thought it was great and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
    Truly Bookish

  3. Great review Annette I,m glad you loved it much more than I did. I just got very picky with this world but I still found the whole thing interesting overall.

  4. Great review! I'm excited to read The Hunt and I'm so glad you liked it :)

  5. New follower here :) Enjoying your blog. Please come by Paper Dreams sometime (i'm new in the community and looking to connect)


    PD <3

  6. I've been hearing mixed reviews about The Hunt but it really sounds like something I'd read and enjoy. I love fast-paced books and those that can keep me at the edge of my seat and The Hunt seems just like that. I'm so glad you like this, I'm now excited to read it more! Great review, Annette. :D


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