The Hunt #1
Published May 8th 2012
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?
I am so excited to be reviewing my first ever ARC book, so I want to give a big THANK YOU to St. Martin's Griffin!
The Hunt is centered around Gene, a teenage human living among the blood-thirsty creatures that are the dominate species on Earth. He lives among them, blending in for his own survival. All alone since the day that his father left him to die after he was bitten. But when the Ruler decides to host another Heper Hunt, his careful and terrifying life is changed forever as he is pick as one of the lucky few chosen to participate.
I think what I found really clever, was that throughout the novel, Fukuda cleverly never actually tells us what these creatures are - though they do bare extremely similar characteristics to that of vampires. I think that it is really refreshing to read an vampire based novel on a human living in and pretending to be one of them, rather than the over done theme of vampires living among us.
I like Gene's character. I like how even though he is the protagonist, Fukuda didn't make him the best at everything, that he has flaws and his moments of weakness. He made him real. It made it that much more enjoyable to have the story unfold from his point of view, knowing that even though he pretends to be as unemotional as the creatures that surround him, things still reach through that wall. His compassion for the captive Hepers, the growing love and care he feels for Ashley June.
Ashley June, on the other hand, I have trouble feeling any compassion for. She seems to be very self centred to me, caring of nothing other than herself. There are moments when she is beginning to care about Gene and does everything she can to save him. But even then, I think that she only does it because she's finally not alone any more and doesn't want to be again. Even in saying that, she and Gene share some really sweet moments that regain some of my favour for her.
The book is well written and well paced without any of those annoying part where the plot just seems to lag with irrelevant dribble - so hats off to him! It cannot be an easy thing to do. The Hunt is a very enjoyable read that when you reach the last page, it leaves you dying to know what happens next.
3 out of 5