Early 5bat! Review: The Prey (The Hunt #2) by Andrew Fukuda

January 25, 2013 Review 3 ★★★★★

*This title will be released on January 29, 2013*

The Prey

(The Hunt, #2)
by Andrew Fukuda
Genre: Paranormal YA, Dystopian |
Excerpt: Yes | Audio ExcerptYes
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (January 29, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1250005116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005113

Rating

Near Perfect – Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend.

Sexual Content

Refences to sex

Description

“Action-packed, heart-pounding, page-flipping action.  I’m thoroughly in love with this riveting, thrilling read. –YA Reads

 

Don’t miss the electrifying second book in the must-read trilogy of the year!

With death only a heartbeat away, Gene and the remaining humans must find a way to survive long enough to escape the hungry predators chasing them through the night.  But they’re not the only things following Gene.  He’s haunted by Ashley June who he left behind, and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.

Their escape takes them to a refuge of humans living high in the mountains.  Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe, but not everything here is as it seems.  And before long, Gene must ask himself if the new world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind.  As their enemies close in on them and push Gene and Sissy closer, one thing becomes painfully clear: all they have is each other…if they can stay alive.

Chilling, inventive, and electrifying, The Prey is the second book in Andrew Fukuda’s The Hunt series.

Listen to an excerpt from the audio book

Review

In THE HUNT, Andrew Fukuda created a terrifying yet irresistible world where humans are all but extinct.  He introduced us to Gene, a teen forced to hide among the very vampires who would devour him if they discovered he was human.  In THE PREY, Gene and the small group of humans he helped escape are on the run, following cryptic clues left by Gene’s father in search of The Promised  land, the last human outpost in the world.

THE PREY picks up only seconds after THE HUNT ended with Gene and the escaped humans fleeing down the river with a pack of salivating vampires in pursuit.  Right away the excitement level is sky high and it stays that way throughout the book.  If possible, the world is even more frightening in THE PREY, and this time, it’s not because of the vampires.  The Mission, a hidden human village, will rile your blood with it’s vile Elders and barbaric, misogynistic treatment of women.  It’s a whole different kind of scary and supremely tragic.

Beyond The Mission, we learn a lot more about Gene’s father, aka The Scientist.  We also see the relationship dynamics shift between Gene, Sissy, and Epap in very unexpected but intriguing ways.  My absolute favorite thing about THE PREY, however, is the way seemingly insignificant details from the first book were revealed to have monumental significance in the sequel.  It showed just how much planning has gone into this series from its inception.  There is nothing better for a reader than being able to fully trust an author, and after THE PREY, I have full confidence in Andrew Fukuda and his story.

Sequels are tricky business.  So often they fail to evoke the same feelings, recapture the same sense of wonder as the first book.  With THE PREY, Andrew Fukuda had a huge task ahead of him with his follow up to the book I described as “violent, scary and compulsively readable with an ending that will leave readers salivating for the sequel.”  So what’s the verdict?  THE PREY is one of those truly rare, and elusive books that surpasses its predecessor.  Everything that made the debut so amazing is amped up.  The terror, the outrage, and the adventure.  There are no details yet about the next book in The Hunt series, but I’m as ravenous as a starving dusker to get my hands on it.

Series

  1. The Hunt – 4/5
  2. The Prey

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3 Responses to “Early 5bat! Review: The Prey (The Hunt #2) by Andrew Fukuda”

  1. Kt.

    I reviewed this one for RT mag. I LOVED it and almost wish I had of reviewed it for my blog instead so I could gush about it all I want! And you are right, it is very rare for a sequel to surpass a stellar first book. I like you, am practically salivating to get my hands on the next book!

  2. Nina (@serifinaxxx)

    It took me a bit of time to get into The Hunt, but the ending of it was really good. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one more, and, by the looks of reviews, I will!