Author: Andrew Fukuda
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: May 8, 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? ~ Courtesy of GoodreadsThe Hunt is basically the opposite of every vampire book you've ever read. Instead of a vampire feeling ashamed and guilty about being what he is, having to drink blood, Gene, the main character, feels guilty and ashamed for being human. He's different than everyone around him. Lives in secret, pretends to be "normal". He lives in a world where everything has been turned on its head. Including the usual plot lines of vampire stories.
The last few vampire books I've read have been about the terrifying kind of vampires. The kind that drink human blood (not that nasty animal stuff). The kind that kill people (not just treat them like fragile princesses that need protecting). I was honestly afraid for Gene, almost every second of reading The Hunt. If he so much as sneezes in school, everyone in his class, including the teacher, will turn around and eat him. And I'm not talking drink a little blood, either. I'm talking actually eat his flesh from his bones. These vampires savor every last bit of human they can get, seeing as humans are mostly extinct. The vampires in The Hunt are probably the scariest vampires I've ever heard of. They twitch, crack their own bones to show emotion, snap their heads back and forth, flinging saliva when they're feeling particularly bloodlusty. They are the stuff of nightmares.
The way Andrew Fukuda immerses you in Gene's world is nothing short of spectacular. It feels real in a way that only the best books can make you feel. Danger is waiting around every corner for Gene, and the only way out is through the hornet's nest. There are no maybes or nextimes, there is do or die. His only option is survival. You feel his pain, his suffering, even when he doesn't realize that that's what it is. His shame at being the only human in a world full of flesh eating vampires.
Ever since The Hunger Games trilogy ended, I keep hearing books being compared to it. "If you liked The Hunger Games then you have to read so and so book". Most times, when books are compared to The Hunger Games I'll avoid them, or at least read around trying to get an honest opinion and not just a "It's like The Hunger Games so read it". And I've heard from many people that The Hunt is like The Hunger Games. Well, I'm telling you, right now, reading The Hunt was reminiscent of picking up The Hunger Games for the first time. It gave me that same feeling of terror for the characters and having to know what happens next. It wasn't quite as deep or thought provoking as The Hunger Games, but still, it blew me away.
The only thing I wasn't blown away by in The Hunt was the love interest. Ashley June. Gene is a little obsessed with her throughout the book. He has had a crush on her for years. And she has obviously liked him back the whole time. There relationship is fine, that's not what bothered me. I just didn't like Ashley June. She bothered me. I'm not even really sure why, I just didn't connect with her. And reading about Gene's crush on her was a little annoying. Mostly because I think he's missing something when it come's to her. Some crucial part of her character that Fukuda has not deigned to share with Gene or us just yet.
The Hunt drags you in from the very first page and chills you to the core until the very last. And the ending? Wow. I cannot wait to find out what happens next. I'm going to be holding my breath for the next book in this series. I seriously recommend The Hunt to anyone looking for an inventive, dystopian horror/thriller, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Just, do yourself a favor and maybe don't read it before bedtime.