When I saw the teaser for Andrew Fukuda‘s The Hunt, I knew I had to read it. (The Hunger Games + vampires = The Hunt.) Instead of vampires hiding among humans, seventeen-year-old Gene is a human hiding in a world of vampires. He’s survived by following the warnings his father ingrained in him. Don’t sweat. Don’t laugh. Don’t cry. Don’t fall asleep in class. Don’t make friends.
Memories are the only thing Gene has left of his family. He barely remembers his mother and sister at all, and his father fell victim to vampires seven years ago. Gene’s been on his own since then, and the effort to stay hidden is taking its toll. The fear that he’s losing his humanity is almost as strong as his fear of discovery.
Gene wins one of seven coveted spots in The Hunt—a chance to hunt the last remaining humans. Now he not only has to worry about being discovered, but with humans involved, the cost of staying hidden might be more than he’s willing to pay. The other hunters begin to suspect that Gene isn’t what he appears to be, and Gene learns his selection might not have been so random after all.
Parts of the book might be a little gruesome for those with sensitive stomachs, so keep that in mind if you pick it up. At times Fukuda relies on narration to tell the story when dialogue or action would do a better job of keeping readers engaged, but overall The Hunt is a great read. Gene starts off as an isolated shell of a person and slowly remembers what it means to be human. We feel the tension of his constant fear, and the tension builds as The Hunt draws closer and the risk of discovery grows. Fukuda brings the story to a heart-pounding climax and ends with a twist that will guarantee readers pick up the sequel. The Prey comes out January 2013.
©2012 Kim Vandel