Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda [Review]

 4 out of 5 Robots!

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt, #1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Dystopia
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release: May 8, 2012
Reviewer: Rex
My Copy: Amazon Vine
Buy this book! Amazon

Book Summary:
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?

My Reaction:
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is a solid start to a brilliant new series. The Hunt gripped me from page one. I've been reading a lot of dystopian young adult lately, and this one is completely refreshing. Nothing like the rest. Imagine a world where humans are practically extinct and vampires rule... And you're the only human left, that you know of. The only thing you can do to survive is blend in. The world Fukuda creates is fascinating and creative. It starts off intriguing, then slows down and becomes a little boring. I kept with it though, and I'm so glad that I did. I ended up loving it- creeped out, a little scared, holding my breath. Finished in one sitting. 

The Hunt is told from the male point of view and I didn't realize that I've missed that- too many female leads lately. And I have rejoiced that these aren't your typical young adult vampires. They're cruel and blood thirsty. Their the majority. There is nothing that makes me like them, or want to like them. Go humans! There are some gruesome scenes, not for the faint of heart. I love when we get to see this side of vampires. 

Gene, the main character, is very likeable. I really wanted him to succeed and couldn't stop rooting him on. He is incredibly intelligent, maybe a little apathetic. Gene's character progression is exciting to follow. Aside from Gene, the characters are fun, a little dull, but fun. The vampires are given really goofy ways to communicate their emotions. Sometimes it made it hard to follow because I just couldn't envision a bunch of vampires scratching their wrist as laughing. (I read this book months ago, forgive me if wrist scratching was actually anger or something.) Anyway, by the end of the book, I found these goofy things entertaining and funny to think about.

The Hunt is violent, intense and absolutely captivating. I highly recommend this book to older, or less sensitive, young adult readers, those who love dystopia or vampires or both... Or just anyone who is interested in an awesome adventure story. I will definitely be reading the sequels!

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