The Hunt

Synopsis:

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 Phoenix’s Perspective

Dystopian society has been a big break out topic for teen fiction during the last few years. Fukuda’s take on a dystopian society surprised me. In most other dystopian novels, human society has gone through something terrible and is finding a way to rebuild in its wake.  In The Hunt, human society is not the dominant force trying to start over — instead hepers (humans) are on the brink of extinction while vampires rule the earth.

Gene is a heper and has spent his life learning how to hide in plain sight —- how to control his emotions, how to keep his “human odor” on the low, how to eat raw bloody food, how to speak, how to avoid specific situations that could expose him for who he really is. Although it is not the life he imagined, it is moving along just fine until another Heper Hunt is announced and Gene is chosen to participate. How can he hide when he will be around so many all at one time?  How can he hide when he will have to run next to them?  How can he hide when he is supposed to hunt and eat hepers?

Although it may sound simple, what Fukuda has done is amazing. He has created a whole different kind of vampire. We are not talking about vampires that are human but they just happen to need blood to survive.  We are talking about a new ruling class that is just as animalistic and violent as it is organized and intelligent.  Fukuda’s descriptions of vampire reactions to hepers are so graphic and violent that the even the reader can begin to fear these beasts that hunt us in the dark.  Fukuda also did a great job developing the human characters. The perception that the vampires have of hepers is incredible — the beliefs of how we work and live and what we care for.  It was really interesting to see human society through the eyes of another species.

Overall, The Hunt was a good read. I was not as captivated by the ending as I was throughout the book, but I will say that the last sentence left me speechless.


Would I add it to the library?

Yes. I cannot wait to see how Fukuda explains the last line of the first book in the second one.

 

Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, post apocalypse, horror, vampires
ISBN: 9781250005298
Rating:  good

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