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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 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. With his propulsive plot and highly developed characters, readers will find it impossible to resist the vivid world Andrew Fukuda has created in this stunning standout debut. Readers craving a book that grips and mesmerizes them like The Hunger Games will love The Hunt.


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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