Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
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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?
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In a world where humans are devoured on sight, survival of the human race is not expected. Humans, called hepers, have actually been declare extinct. Hepers sounds like heifer, which makes me think humans are considered cattle in this story. The main character believes he is the one of the last if not the very last human on earth. The only way for him to survive is to blend in. Gene, as his name is later revealed to be, has an extensive routine to mimic his appearance after the vampires. In The Hunt, Gene has to shave all his body hair, shower every morning, and make sure to cover his smell to prevent detection.
In The Hunt, Andrew Fukuda has created a unique world and his own twist on the vampire myth. The vampires are complete devoid of any human emotion, which means their face never change expressions. They also do not sneeze, sweat, or laugh. When vampires find something funny, they scratch the inside of their wrist. It is a bit unrealistic to think, that Gene made it through to high school without ever sneezing or sweating. Even so, I still loved the story of The Hunt.
Gene faces his tough challenge yet, when he is select to participate in the last Hunt ever. The Hunt is an event where the lucky participants get the opportunity to hunt down the last remaining hepers. This equals problems, because he cannot run anywhere near as fast as a true vampire should, and that means he is at risk from being discovered.
The Hunt is very well written, and I really like the experiences in the story. The ending of the book left me wanting more, and I am glad this is only the first book. Gene is very easy to like, and you cannot help root for him, because you want to believe that the human race has to survive. I also feel sorry for Gene, because he had to survive on his own without his parents from the time he was 11 years old. The Hunt is a fast, enjoyable read. I think anyone who is a fan of the paranormal especially vampires would enjoy this one immensely.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from St. Martins, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review**