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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?""


Young Adult
so this book is kind of fun, but full of problematic holes and "huh's?"


vampires rule the day here. nearly everyone has become a vampire, and the humans who remain must camouflage their human characteristics to be able to survive and blend in. all the concessions are made to vampire-life: school is held at night, lighting is kept low, and meat is served very very rare. and remaining "hepers" or "humans" are periodically released into an arena for vampires to hunt and eat, in a morale-boosting extravaganza.

for a high shool boy whose parents have both died/been turned, life can be complicated.all human impulses must be suppressed, otherwise, the vampires will know he is huuuuman, and will be unable to control themselves.. he cannot sneeze, he cannot widen his eyes in surprise, he cannot sweat, he must shave his body every day and never ever smell like a human boy. no coughing,no getting sick, no pimples, no papercuts... i mean, it boggles the mind. this would never be possible, even in a well-constructed fantasy. and this one is not well-constructed. authors, again, build your worlds!! i do not understand these vampires.

so they don't breed? but they age, they eat meat... do they excrete? they have bathrooms in the scohol, right? i thought i remembered a scene taking place in a school bathroom or locker room...(and i wish i wasn't writing this in the middle of the anaheim convention center and i had the book with me) what makes them different? how did they take over the country - and what will they do when there are no more humans??

i suppose instead of world-building, we are given little social quirks. vampires do not laugh - instead they scratch their forearms. instead of making out, they perform some sort of elbow-into-armpit configuration. and seriously, unless we are talking about this:

do not even expect me to be interested in elbow sex.

who is maintaining the electricity here, and why?? why do vampires drool uncontrollably when they see a picture of a heper, but when there is one in their midst, they do not even realize it?? why can't they go underwater? so many weird vampirisms here, so underexplained.

and for humans - why would you stay?? why wouldn't you just move to the wilderness away from the freaking vampires? why continue to go to school for goodness' sake? what could you possibly be learning in vampire high-school, and what career path could this high school possibly be preparing anyone for? or alternatively - why not just become a vampire? i mean, you continue to live in these communities where a hangnail could redefine you as dinner; once you start suppressing that many human impulses, you are already distancing yourself from "human" so why not just give in at that point? path of least resistance. you can't go through your whole life without ever sneezing - without ever getting a fever. and how the hell do girl hepers deal with menstruation? answer my questions, book!

if i felt that this was some kind of cleverly-done extended metaphor in the "it gets better" tradition, exhibiting just how hard it is to suppress natural feelings and behaviors and how quick to bully people are when they are confronted with somethig they do not understand, that would be one thing. but this is another thing. this is just another attempt to blend the trends: vampire meets dystopia, hunger games style...

"cash in now, honey..."

**** - my laptop is almost out of battery... TO BE CONTINUED MOMENTARILY

okay. so anyway,our hero gets chosen as one of the vampires to hunt the hepers in the next frenzy. naturally. because he is so good at passing.

and there are a few hepers living in a dome, and they are the next victims of this hunt. but they don't know it. all they know is they live in a dome that retracts in the daylight and they an go out and hunt and do whatever things they need to do. they can read, they are articulate, they know how to use weapons. and so why do they stay in the dome? do they think they are pets? i know they say they cannot get far enough awa from the dome in the daylight hours to escape, but that sounds a little suspect to me. also suspect is our boy's reaction to them. he is surprised that they are as socially advanced as they are, but he shows them no loyalty; he still sees them as "other." so who is he, really? not vampire, not heper - he is just... nothing.

and considering it took him five times of mentioning the lake and how thirsty he was "but noooo the vampires cannot see me driiiink." before he combined those two thoughts and realized "oh, i can drink the WATER from the LAKE!! maybe he would be better off becoming a vampire. dummy.

i don' know - that whole "hepers in a dome" thing was weird, to me. like it was some kind of museum of natural history exhibit. they knew who ther captors were, they knew they were in danger - they knew the dome could be retracted at any time and they could be eaten, but they get a note from their ememies and they just go traipsing off into the wilderness, no questions asked?


but this book wasn't the worst. there were some good scenes, and the last line aone was enough to keep me interested in where this will go.

this probably needs major editing - i amon an unfamiliar computer in an unfamiliar town and everything is strange..... maybe i will revise when i get home. until then... endure...

What if you were one of the last people on Earth? Gene is. Gene has lived his whole life amongst vampires. His father had many rules, all of them meant to help Gene survive. Gene has to blend in and avoid notice. He has to wash frequently so he doesn't smell human. He has to be diligent about shaving and he's had to learn the mannerisms of the creatures surrounding him. And Gene is all alone. When the Ruler announces a hunt, the whole of the community is thrown into a whirlwind of activity. The Heper Institute has just a few humans left and everyone is sure this will be the last hunt ever. The hunters will be drawn by random lottery and sent to the Institute for training. After training, they'll be let loose to track and kill the remaining humans. All of Gene's efforts to blend in have been in vain. Gene's number has come up. He's one of the hunters. Now, all eyes will be on him and his father's rules will become more important than ever -- one slip and Gene could be toast.

The Hunt is another wow book. Fukuda's twist on the current vampire trend makes this one a standout in teen and adult paranormals. There's no explanation as to the rise of the vampires at all. It's simply accepted that this is the reality in which Gene's world exists. It is also the first in a series, so we may learn more about the circumstances that have left humanity this way in future titles.

Gene is a pretty great character. He knows that he's human but he's been so entrenched in this world that he's lost much of his own humanity. There's a conversation that takes place between Gene and his father in which Gene refers to humans as hepers and his father loses it. He tells Gene he must always refer to them as humans when they are together. Of course, this makes things kind of worse for Gene since it's one more thing he must carefully pay attention to: with dad, they're humans, with everyone else, they're hepers.

The Hunt is great on so many levels. It's a story about fitting in. It's a story about families. It's a story about humanity and evils against one another. And it's all wrapped up in an excellently creative futuristic vampire package.

Now, while I did jump into the physical copy about halfway through (I couldn't resist!), I started The Hunt on audio. This one is a Macmillan Audio release and it's read by Sean Runette. When the story began, Runette seemed an odd choice: Gene, the narrator, is a teen and Runette doesn't sound like a teen by any stretch of the imagination. His pacing in reading was also a bit slower than my own preference. It took about five minutes to get used to and then I was so immersed in the story that neither Runette's voice or pacing bothered me at all. To a more seasoned audio book listener, it probably wouldn't matter, but I'm fairly new to audio books as an alternative, listening to them while I'm out walking in the evenings. I enjoyed Fukuda's book very much and thought Runette did a wonderful job.

time is running from us so fast and chances comes only once in a life time and this is a big chance to me -and the first one to come -to improve my knowledge about this beautifull splendid language i excited and i will show more dedication to this programm

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.Buy The Hunt on Amazon!

In Andrew Fukuda’s fast paced, exciting young adult novel, The Hunt, humans (also known as hepers) have been driven to edge of extinction by creatures that appear to be a hybrid of human,vampire and zombie.

Seventeen year old Gene has lived amongst the ‘people’ his entire life, carefully disguising his human scent, adopting their mannerisms, being like them, all to avoid a bloody, violent death. He lives alone, keeps to himself, remains unobtrusive at school… until his number is chosen. Gene is to join The Hunt, a government sanctioned extravaganza that happens only every decade, a chance to hunt and feed on a handful of hepers released into the desert. Sequestered to the Institute for Heper Research with his fellow competitors, Gene is desperate to maintain his subterfuge, or risk becoming the hunted.

I very quickly got caught up in this fast paced story upon being introduced to Gene, a heper hiding among creatures that would devour him in seconds should they learn what he is. I enjoyed reading a male perspective for a change in this genre and Gene proves to be a likeable protagonist. I liked that Gene was a little conflicted by his human status wishing, on occasion, he could be like everyone else and even that Gene’s first extinct is self preservation, despite learning the truth about the captive hepers. It’s such an interesting internal conflict and one that Fukuda doesn’t shy away from.

The behaviours of the people are unusual but satisfyingly visual and different. The creatures scratch their wrist to express amusement, affection expressed by grinding armpits with elbows and they drool copiously. Yet they go to school, they hold down jobs, they live an ordinary life, albeit one where the eat raw meat, sleep hanging from the ceiling and disintegrate in sunlight.

I’m not sure how I felt about Gene’s fragile relationship with Ashley June, she is fairly inscrutable and remains so through out the story. I am looking forward to getting to know the Heper’s better in the next installment and predict that Sissy will replace Ashley June as the love interest.

I have no problem suspending belief in fantasy but there has to be an internal logic that makes sense in context. There are some flaws with the world-building in The Hunt, elements that don’t quite make sense or contradict each other. It’s a shame because these issues could have been easily resolved and done a lot to enhance the credibility of the author’s world vision.

The Hunt offers something a little different to the current field of young adult dystopia fiction, though it also embraces familiar elements, with similarities to The Hunger Games. Despite it’s problems, I loved the action and the constant tension which carried me through the story quickly and I looked forward to reading the sequel, The Prey.

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"A book that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. The Hunt is both terrifying and sublime, with every page evoking that fragile, yet unyielding thing we call humanity." —Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade Trilogy