Sunday, May 20, 2012
Review: The Hunt
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
GoodReads 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?
My Thoughts: Ultimately, not a big fan of this book. It was kind of like a ‘Vampire Hunger Games”...it had potential, but never quite rose to the occasion.
Fukuda dumps us in this world where we don’t know what the deal is, other than it’s a world of Vampires, and the eyes we are looking through belong to a human posing as a vampire. But Fukuda doesn’t do much World building throughout the story.
I had a ton of questions from the reading that were never addressed or answered. We don’t know anything about how long the world has been ruled by vampires...or how long the main character’s family has been in hiding among them. We know the vamps call humans, “hepers”, but now why.
When the main character, whose “name” we learn is Gene over halfway through the book, goes through some seminars prior to the Hunt. They were to provide some insight into how hepers think and operated. During one of these “seminars”, the Director talks about how hepers are a couple of hundred years behind the vamps on the evolutionary scale...which would lead me to believe that vamps have been in power for centuries. How could humans hide that long amongst the vamps? Also, why doesn’t anyone have names in this world? Makes it hard to address people when they don’t have names.
The vamps do some strange things like wrist scratching and apparently “foreplay” has something to do with elbows in armpits...which is never explained or even hinted at. I felt like I came into a movie that was halfway over and missed all the back story...the problem was that there was no backstory.
Overall I found the story predictable. Once the hunt was announced I wrote down my predictions for what I thought would happen and I was spot on with one exception. I thought possible all the “hunters” were hepers. This book frustrated me no end.
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