|Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt #1
Cover Art: James Porto
Genre: Paranormal YA
Source: Amazon Vine
Reviewed by: Abigail
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?
From the chilling first words describing a human kindergarteners failed attempt to blend in with her vampiric classmates to the vicious and shocking ending, THE HUNT 100% lives up to its killer premise. Andrew Fukuda has crafted a phenomenal tale about a world where humans are all but extinct and one teen who lives by a set of meticulous rules passed down from his father designed with one goal in mind: survival. Stay unnoticed, adopt their mannerisms, conceal humanity at all costs. He hasn’t seen another human in years until the day he’s chosen by The Leader to take part in the very last Hunt…
The worldbuilding in THE HUNT is excellent. The vampires have a unique culture that feels very authentic, like it developed to suite their strengths and physiology. I’ve never read another book that did that. For example, vampires don’t laugh. They scratch their wrists, right above the vein. They produce copious amounts of saliva when excited, along with a series of neck ticks and knuckle cracking. I especially loved the way they expressed physical intimacy…I’ll never look at armpits the same way again. And while these differences could come across as bizarre for the sake of being bizarre, Fukuda writes and explains them in a way that gives them complete credibility. And that’s largely due to his protagonist.
Gene has grown up in this world, ashamed at his immunity to the sun, his desire for cooked food, and his many weaknesses. He only know vampiric culture. He doesn’t have words for some of the tendencies he notices in himself or understand why armpits don’t drive him crazy with lust like the others. He knows what he is, but he won’t even say the word out loud. Fear of discovery has been his only companion, and all that taken together makes him a fascinating character to read.
Comparisons to THE HUNGER GAMES are inevitable and in this case, they are warranted. THE HUNT is violent, scary and compulsively readable with an ending that will leave readers salivating for the sequel. Some of the dialogue hit a little odd with me especially in the human village as it had too much slang and expressions that they would have had no frame of reference for, but other that that, I completely loved this book. Highly recommend it and keep an eye out for the sequel.
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