Monday, April 30, 2012

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda - Review

Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Synopsis: 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? From Amazon.

My Thoughts: This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning and just wouldn't let go. The entire plot was amazing. In a world of vampires one human boy lives, surviving by pretending to be a vampire. Of course when there is a Heper Hunt he is picked to go. 

The vampires participate in a Heper Hunt whenever one is announced. It has been ten years since the last Heper Hunt. The idea behind the Hunt is that select vampires are sent out to hunt the remaining Hepers (humans). Incredibly gruesome to consider but I still had to read it. 

Gene is very adept at hiding that he is a human. He has been living among the vampires his whole life. An amazing feat since he knows of no others that have managed it. His own father didn't make it. I found very interesting that Gene hated that he was different. He wished he could just be normal like the vampires. A typical teenage issue, trying to fit in, but in a whole new way. 

As Gene is going through all of the training and publicity of the Heper Hunt we get to watch him make many important discoveries. I loved how he came to the decision about the Hepers. I have so much I want to say but I do not want to give anything away. 

The other characters in this book were very interesting. Ashley June was a bit of an enigma, even to Gene. Popular, pretty, and interested in Gene. Her's and Gene's relationship was difficult, especially since Gene is trying to hide that he is a Heper. The other vampires in the Hunt were very well described. Their reactions to the smells of a Heper were so detailed. I really found them to be almost entertaining. They reminded me of rabid dogs with meat in their midst. The Hepers that were to be hunted were amazing. Their enclosure and how they had learned to live was very interesting.

The Hunt was a well written, highly intriguing book. I loved every minute of it, and I would love to find out what happens next! This book is a perfect Young Adult novel, although probably for the older spectrum of that genre. If you enjoy paranormal, especially vampires, then you would like this book. Also, if you love the aspects of The Hunger Games, definitely read The Hunt.


I received the above mentioned book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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