The Hunt (The Hunt #1)
by Andrew Fukuda
Published: 5/8/2012 by St. Martin’s Press
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 Bookish Brunette thought:
A boy living in a world full of vampires that think human’s are nearly extinct. Uuuum… EPIC WIN.
Gene has co-existed (incognito… 007 style) with the vamps his entire life. He goes to school with them, has taken on their mannerisms… He pretends to be one of them in order to survive. The rules are simple. Do not draw attention to yourself. Do NOT get caught. SURVIVE, no matter what.
And then the day comes, when no matter how adamantly he follows each and every rule… nothing can save him. The Ruler, who no one has seen or heard from in decades decided there is to be a Heper Hunt. They round up HUMANS (what they call hepers) set them loose and let a team of specially chosen vamps have at it. I KNOW right?! And GUESS who is one of the chosen to aid in The Hunt? Yep… GENE.
“I don’t have any friends… Mostly, though , it’s the prospect of being eaten alive by your so-called friend that kills any possibilty of shared intimacy. Call me picky, but imminent death at the hands (or teeth) of a friend who would suckle blood out of you at the drop of a hat… That throws a monkey wrench into the friendship building.”
I didn’t even realize until page 150 that I didn’t even know the main character’s NAME. He wasn’t even aware of it until he breaks into the heper village and forces his mind to recall it!
Then there’s Ashley June… Is she a human among the vamps also??? Surely not! Maaaaaybe… She is! No… She isn’t… Yes… No… Ah-ha!!!!!
I’m telling you, this is the inner turmoil I was putting myself through while reading The Hunt!
Andrew Fukuda’s attention to detail was simply excellent! I was completely overwhelmed by the life in which Gene led. The loneliness and self-loathing he experienced while wishing he was one of the very creatures he despised so much in order to LIVE a normal existence!
Remarkably witty and humorous, The Hunt is compulsively readable.