“The Hunt (The Hunt #1)” by Andrew Fukuda
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
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 world building is shaky at best. I do think the premise is really interesting. A lone human in a world of vampires is a cool idea. There’s really no explanation for how things got to this point. Is this our world in the future? How did everyone evolve into vampires? Is this a different world? Too many unanswered questions.
- What’s the male equivalent of a Mary Sue? Whatever it is, that’s Gene. He’s so good looking he has to play his looks down so the lady vampires don’t pay attention to him. He’s so smart that he has to play dumb at school so no one notices him. He’s also very crafty because he was able to survive on his own at a very young age despite the fact that many other human adults couldn’t survive in this world.
- Thankfully the story is very readable. I found myself devouring large chunks of the story at a time.
- The vampire mythos was really bizarre. Apparently vampires now eat flesh! They also scratch their wrists as laughter. Hot make out sessions now involve lots of necks and elbows. (Don’t ask me. I couldn’t quite figure out how that worked or what it would have looked like.)
- The story was very predictable. The big twist? Yeah, I figured that out pretty early on.
- Possible spoilers…I did not get how Ashley June has survived so far. If the vampires can’t control themselves at the smell of heper blood, why wasn’t she devoured when she got her first period?
- The stuff with the heper colony was pretty interesting. I know you want to keep people reading the series but this aspect of the book needed to be fleshed out for things to really work. I found it to be a cheap move for the biggest revelation to come in the last few pages.
The bottom line? It was a great book for a mindless read. Don’t think hard about anything because everything starts to fall apart.