The Hunt By Andrew Fukuda

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Hunt  (The Hunt, #1)Cover Rating: 2/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars
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? 

This book was one of the most unique books about Vampires that I have ever read. I didn't even know it was going to be about them. I figured it was going to be like The Hunger Games, all in an arena hunting the humans, or Herpers as they call them. It wasn't though, although called The Hunt, the book focused more on what happened before The Hunt. The actual hunt was not given much page space. Although unusual the book got very slow in the middle which decreased my rating slightly. The world that Fukuda created was so creative. We learnt about it through Gene as he tried to keep up his vampire act. Unlike previous books about Vampires the ones in this book seemed like savages but at the same time very human like when around others of their kind. 

I didn't get all that attached to any of the characters in this book. Gene was alright I suppose but he just seemed a bit flat. As if his act was taking away his personality. He was so focused on blending in that we didn't really get to know him all that well. I didn't like any of his classmates with the exception of one. Ashley June, I didn't love her but she displayed some personality at least. We get to meet some humans during the book and I actually liked a few of them but we don't see them very long so I'm hoping to see more of them in the next book. One thing I didn't understand was how the other vamp's didn't realize Gene was human, at times it was painfully obvious but they never caught on. They must have been very stupid.

Overall I enjoyed this book and loved the creativity. It could have been much better though, if it hadn't got so slow in the middle. I am looking forward to the next book and hoping for a faster pace and more chance to get to know the characters a bit better. I would recommend this book to those people who are bored of the way that vampires are traditionally portrayed and want a change or even those who don't like vamps. When the vampires are the bad guys you don't have to like them.

My Favorite Quote: 
“I remember the Hunt from ten years ago. How for months afterward I didn’t dare fall asleep because of the nightmares that would invade my mind: hideous images of an imagines Hunt, wet and violent and full of blood. Horrific cries of fear and panic, the sound of flesh ripped and bones crushed puncturing the night stillness.”

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3 People dared to comment.:

Anonymous said...

I actually gave this book a five star rating and really enjoyed it. I had a different cover than you did though? Weird lol.

Amy said...

This book sounds all right. The guy on the cover is hot! Great review!

Elisa said...

Sounds interesting! Bummer about the slow middle and mostly about not fully being able to suspend your disbelief about his faking being a vamp. I loved this part of your review - They must have been very stupid. LOL! I am going to have to check it out.

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