May 8, 2012
St. Martin's Griffin
Young Adult | Dystopian Fantasy
The Hunt #1
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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?
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda was an interesting read, but one riddled with holes. The world-building had almost no sense behind it:
- could vampires procreate, and if not, how did they turn new vampires?
- since they could smell a drop of blood a mile away, why couldn’t they smell blood running through a human’s veins?
- how could humans live among vampires by pretending to be them? Surely the vampires would smell human stink on them? (as evident when the lucky winners go to the Institute and start smelling “hepers”—aka humans.)
- how did the vampires get to the top and the humans nearly extinct?
- where in the fudging world is this book set? United States? Africa? Your mom’s house?
- why horses, when you have advanced technology? What purpose do horses serve and not cars (even though it seems like cars also went extinct?)
- why stay a human when there are SO MANY obstacles and fears of being eaten?
- why is Ashley June so creepy?
And that’s just a portion of what bothered me about the world-building. Gene, however, is quiet weird. He also believes he’s so, so, so smart (and so do everybody else in this book), but it’s really the “uneducated, untrained” hepers that are the smarter ones, especially the female.
Oh, how angry I was when I read the last page of The Hunt. This book could have been a really good standalone, but, again, things were thrown in to make the ending not only a cliffhanger, but also leaving us with more questions. My problem is that I’m not sure these questions will be answered in the books to follow—and should I really read them?
But, see, I really did enjoy The Hunt. There was something gripping about it and I had to know what was going to go on—I kept reading and reading and reading, but the lack of a decent world gave me a headache and most of the time I wanted to hit Gene. He was a lackluster character, and holy crap, what was the point of explaining what simple things are that readers know—what smiling is, crinkling, etc. I mean, I totally understand that he’s probably one of the last humans on earth, but holy crap, I KNOW what that is!! You are just dragging me out of the story and do. Not. Want. That. To happen at all. EVER.
Speaking of characters—Ashley June. What was UP WITH HER?! Why was she so creepy and stalker-ish? I don’t understand this characterization. Was it supposed to be a play on the usual paranormal books where the guy is creepy and stalker-ish? Because if so, I totally didn’t get that and thought it was creepy (to be fair, I think when guys are creepy and stalker-ish is odd and don’t understand the whole “OMG I LOVE YOU!”) Also, I just read the summary, and am I supposed to believe Gene and Ashley June are in love? That’s kinda a spoiler, but am I? Because I didn’t get that in the book. Ashley’s SO IN LOVE with Gene (which I don’t understand), and he says he has feelings for her, but… there’s no chemistry between the two.
I just don’t know. However, the ending? I liked that. The climax and such leading up to the big reveal. It was definitely heart pounding and nerve inducing. But that last page made me angry… all the loose ends were tied and he had to unravel one for a cliffhanger ending. Le sigh. I just don’t know about this one, to be honest. If it sounds like your thing, totally read it. If it doesn’t, well, you know what to do.
Xpresso Reads: 2 Hot Espressos
Literary Exploration: 5 Stars
Good Choice Reading: 4 Stars