Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Book Review: The Prey, by Andrew Fukuda @AndrewFukuda

The Prey equaled The Hunt in it's desperation and intensity, but in a lot of ways, its a different book.

At the end of The Hunt, our main characters are on a raft on the river. The Prey starts out immediately where The Hunt ended. They have many trials on the river, but eventually get to a place on land. I don't want to say much about what happens, but what seems to be a safe haven, isn't always what it seems.

I don't really think that's a spoiler, because when they arrive at this place, we're around page 80, and it's a 320 page book. So you know something is going to happen. They do encounter "people" (the vampire monsters in The Hunt), but now they are called duskers. But we don't really get up close to the duskers much. I enjoyed all of their quirks that were described in The Hunt - scratching their wrists, the drooling, the noises -- you know, all that gross stuff. And I missed that. I wanted more close up contact with the duskers. Not much of that is in The Prey. But, what is in The Prey is some character growth (including a budding romance), some really creepy new characters, and a lot of detective work on the part of Sissy and Gene to figure out what the heck is going on.

For the most part, I was rapt. You never get a sense of comfort and are never allowed to catch your breath. It's just one thing after the other, and the pages fly by. I'm intrigued by what we've found out in The Prey about how the world got so screwed up -- but I'm still not sure if everything we've learned is entirely accurate -- because these books have a way of turning things on their heads.

Fukuda isn't afraid to kill people. Just warning you. There's a bit of heartbreak, and a huge cliffhanger at the end of The Prey. Our characters are by no means safe but moving on. The final book, The Trap, is due out in September, so I'll definitely be looking forward to that one.

If you enjoyed The Hunt you should definitely pick up The Prey ASAP. It's another great second book. If you like your vampire books relentless and scarily dangerous, this series is for you.

Published by St. Martin's Griffin, January 29, 2013
Copy obtained from the library
322 pages

Rating: 4/5

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1 comment:

  1. I'm glad The Prey lives up to The Hunt. Thanks for sharing, Annette!


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