29 February 2012

Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda


The Hunt
ANdrew Fukuda

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?

My Review

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

4 comments :

  1. First review I've read of this one and I can't wait to read it. I'm glad it doesn't drag along - always hate when reads do that!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  2. Congrats on your first ARC!

    I think this will be quite an interesting read, considering like you said this isn't about vampires in hiding or living among humans, but being the dominant race with very little humans left? It's evolved from all these other novels that are too involved in the beginning or the middle of the "vampire" theme. Let's get to the good stuff where humans are all but extinct! Gets your brain working overtime to think of this type of dystopian setting.

    I also think the main characters name is very clever, considering he's physically different from these creatures, which as to do with his "genes". It's also a breath of fresh air to see the main character not being wooed or impressed or turned into a vampire because of how amazing they are. (Although who knows what happens at the end until May!)

    Overall, solid review and I can't wait to read this and then come back to your review after I know what happens!

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  3. Congrats on your first ARC xD

    I can't wait to read this. I loove the cover! And I'm glad it doesn't drag in the middle. I hate it when that happens. It sounds interesting, especially since it's vampires but not the cliched vampires?! Can't wait. Great review :)

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  4. LOL I never even knew the creatures were vampires! I haven't read it yet but from your review that is what they sound like but I guess the author leaves it a little up to the imagination since he doesn't outright say. Can't wait to read it.

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