Title: The Hunt
Series: UntitledRelease Date: May 8, 2012
Book #: One
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Format: Advanced Reader's Copy
Buy The Book: Amazon
In a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction, seventeen-year-old Gene has only managed to survive by painstakingly concealing his true species. If the bloodthirsty creatures
surrounding him knew what he really was--a human--he would be devoured swiftly and terribly. When Gene is chosen to participate in the government-sponsored hunt for the last remaining humans, it thrusts him into the fight of his life--and into the path of a human girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible.
Now, he must learn the art of the hunt and elude his fellow hunters whose suspicions about his true human nature are growing. But most importantly, Gene and the girl he loves must find a way to forge a life together in a brutal world that's bent on their destruction. (taken from goodreads.com)
This plot definitely didn't go the way that I thought it would. I think the hype set my bar too high. It would have been difficult for any book to surpass my expectations. While I was prepared for a spine-tingling thriller, I actually discovered an odd tale filled with vampire cliches. That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the novel at all. It just wasn't what I expected.
Unless you are very easily scared, I would disregard all of the reviewers who have claimed to be "terrified" of The Hunt. I'm a big wimp, and I didn't find this book remotely scary. Sure, the idea of being devoured by your classmates isn't exactly G-rated, but this book definitely isn't a horror novel.
The characters are amusing, if mediocre. Their personalities seemed to lack true depth, so I never bonded with them, but I didn't dislike them. Gene seems unsure of who he is- pretending to be something he isn't has altered his view of himself and humanity. In a way, it is like he isn't human. It was interesting to watch him develop a connection with other "hepers" while also keeping up the facade of being a vampire.
Obviously the idea of vampires isn't exactly original. However, Fukuda takes great strides to separate the creatures in his novel from the sparkly Twilight types. The concept of a dystopian world ruled by man-eating people is something I've never encountered before, and I have to give the authors kudos for the plot idea.
Dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels are all the rage today, and by combining elements from the vampire hype and The Hunger Games, Fukuda has attempted to write a book filled with the best of both worlds. While I appreciate the concept, I cannot help but feel that the story lacked the spark necessary to place it among the other best-sellers of today's YA genre.