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The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Published May 8, 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 293

Series: The Hunt, #1

Genre: paranormal, dystopian

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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?

My thoughts:

Finally, vampires that don’t sparkle.

The Hunt is similar to The Immortal Rules. But where Allie was the vampire living among humans, Gene is the only human – only they’re called hepers now – living among the vampires. He can’t express emotion unless it’s bloodlust or amusement. He goes to school at night and sleeps through the day. He covers his human scent with ointment, shaves off all hair except on his head, files his nails, polishes his fake fangs. He can’t laugh. He can’t clear his throat. He can’t shiver. He can’t widen his eyes or squint. He makes sure to never get a single little scrape.Can you imagine a life like that?

It makes me question whether or not someone could actually survive for as long as Gene has. Think about it – how long can you go before you accidentally scratch yourself? In all those years, Gene never fell down and bumped his knee? Even though I love this book, the picky reader part of me had to point this out. And then there’s the question of why would anyone care to stay human? There’s no point to Gene’s life. His father should have bitten Gene. It would have done him a favor, really.

The vampires are also rather weird. They have sex with their elbows…they hug with their ears…and they laugh by scratching their wrists. It’s very odd.

World building is not very detailed. There’s no information on how vampires took over the world. I think if I were in the middle of the vampire apocalypse, I’d run off to the biggest desert I could find, so any vampires would spend all night coming for me and then burn up at sunrise. And my little retreat would have a moat around it, because apparently no one swims anymore unless the pool is half empty. There. Problem solved, I didn’t get eaten. Yay!

So if you can overlook some realism issues, you’ll love this book. I did. I love the creativity Fukuda put into the plot and I loved Ashley June. I loved the writing style, too. If you like bloody violent scenes, there’s some awesome ones.

I really can’t wait until The Prey comes out on January 29. IN EIGHT DAYS.

Rating: 4 stars

Reccomended for those who enjoyed books like The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.

The Hunt Series

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