YA Library Thing Early Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (Outstanding)

Posted May 3, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.00 Wine Glasses / 21 Comments


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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?

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Challenges: YA
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Releases: MAY 8th

First Thought When Finished: Well that was a horrifically odd story!

What I Loved: Andrew Fukuda has weaved a tale that is oddly fascinating, excruciatingly heartbreaking, and truly gross at times. Seriously folks, I would not read this book while eating as it does have some “did he just write that” moments. They totally fit in this story and it is part of the charm (probably not the right word). The Hunt is truly unlike any book that I have read before and yet it had elements that were familiar enough I was hooked. At the end, I wasn’t sure what to think and I am still trying to figure out my emotions towards the events.

What I Liked: The world is the exact opposite of the one we know today. Humans (or hepers) are food and almost all humans(as far as we know)are extinct. Yet, the Vampires kept some very human characteristics: they went to school, knew humor, competed in sports, and several other little things. All of this made the world familiar yet completely new!

What made me go “huh”: To be honest there were quite a few moments where I wasn’t sure where the story was going–the end is one of them. Though each moment was followed by truly gripping storytelling–I felt a little short-changed at the end. I felt the real story was just beginning.

Final Thought: This is a book that I would recommend to YA Dystopian readers with a caveat that it isn’t like other books you have read.

***I know I didn’t mention characters in this review mostly because I am mixed on my feelings there. I didn’t feel overly attached to any of them (including G) but I think that was by design as we didn’t get to really “see” what he would be like as himself. I think not seeing how he would act around friends/family made even his thoughts reserved***

This is part of a paragraph that explains why: PG 11: Call me picky, but imminent death at the hands (or teeth) of a friend who would suckle blood out of you at the drop of a hat….. That throws a monkey wrench into friendship building.


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21 responses to “YA Library Thing Early Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (Outstanding)

  1. Ruby

    I just got the audiobook for review! Be back for more commenting after I’ve listened to it!

  2. This is going to sound awful, but I don’t think I want to read a book with a character named Gene. Ick. Plus, I don’t do well with overly gross books.

  3. Hmmm… I started this book a while back but lost interest. I guess I should have stuck with it, but it just didn’t make sense to me that humans would ‘fake’ at being vampires. I mean, I kept thinking “there is no way any real vamp is falling for that”.


    • That part was what kind of threw me off….

      It was never really explained either THOUGH it did get interesting once they got to the “hunt”. I won’t say more other than it was just really odd and different. Sometimes that appeals to the quirky in me BUT if I was honest I don’t think you would like it.

      • Well, I was just on T’s blog and she posted her 5 star review, and I’m now feeling kind of dumbfounded, like maybe I read the wrong book, but to be fair, I didn’t make it very far. It was either put it down or risk an eye sprain because of all the eye rolling I was doing. LOL

          • Missie- You should try reading it to the end….I think once you hit the kids getting to the training center it picks up the pace. I never had a hard time excepting that he was faking vampire due to his rigorous morning ritual, the whole anitbac rub down…..it was so weird!!! And like Felicia I think I just accepted it, however there were some scary close calls……

  4. What you aren’t posting a recipe with this one? I have heard this is dark and gory but good. I am a bit burned out on gritty dystopian but this is still one I want to check out. Glad there is some good story telling.

  5. I wasn’t sure what to make of this. I was intrigued and when I read about it and excited to see a male author in the YA genre. But endings that just go on, and on, and on…. that might kill it for me. Oh, I’ll still read it b/c it’s so unique, but thx for the heads up!!

    • The end was not to much of a cliffhanger but I seriously wanted to know what happened next. That is good for the series but annoying for me as a reader LOL Patience is not my strong suit.

  6. We reviewed the same book on the same day….that is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this book, but hey you already knew that but it is the first Ive seen the trailer and that awesome book cover at the end…I liked that guys face, I think it fits the G I had in my head perfect…..:D And um there was a lot of gross parts, ew and ew and some more ew……

    You should try his first book Crossing, it was so good, nothing paranormal but it was a dark mystery.

    • LOL I know. That was too funny because I was like I think I have it scheduled for today too 🙂

      I thought the guy fit G quite well! I was amazed at the gross and admit it you kind of look at people weird if they are scratching their wrists 🙂

      I will have to look up his first book as I did enjoy his writing!