Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Hunt (The Hunt #1) by Andrew Fukuda


The Hunt
by Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt #1
Publisher: St. Martin
Publication date: May 10, 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian

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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?(synopsis from Goodreads)

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is the first in a brilliant new series.  Fukuda has created a terrifying world in which vampires rule and humans are almost extinct.  I consumed this dark tale in a few hours and it quickly became one of my favorite reads for 2012. Gone are the vampires that sparkle! In Fukuda’s dystopian world we hide among these vicious killers. This tale was fast paced, horrifying and delicious!

When the tale begins we meet seventeen year old, human protagonist Gene. He is in high school and trying to blend in. He knows the rules, his father taught him well. One slip and he will be devoured. Gene lives in a vampire world, where the day begins at dusk and ends at sunrise. He has been on his own since his father was bitten years ago. He is brilliant, but is careful not to stand out. Everyday is a challenge and only during daylight hours can he be himself. While at school it is announced that the ruler will address the nation. This causes immediate salivating and mass speculation amount the vampire students. The last time the ruler address the nation was ten years ago, when he announced a Heper Hunt. This is a huge event. Several heper’s (humans) are released into the wild, and a select few chosen by lottery get to hunt and devour them.  *Gulp*  You guessed it, there will be a new Heper Hunt and Gene as well as Ashley a young girl from his school are chosen to participate. Before Gene can even think, he is whisked away and taken along with seven others to the Heper Institute. Here they go through training, attend galas and prepare for the hunt. The tale that unfolds is splendid, steeped in horror and riddled with tension and fear. I was captivated from page one, quoting the book by chapter three and running to the computer to check for book two’s release date by the end. The ending wasn’t really a cliff-hanger but the last sentence just about blew my friggin mind.

I absolutely without a doubt loved the human characters. Fukuda does an extraordinary job of giving them depth and believability. The complications that arise from living in a vampire world are astronomical and his attention to all these quirks was quite enthralling. His depiction of this particular species of vampires and their habits was entrancing. The scene where an adolescent vampire gets her first kiss was both creepy and mind-boggling.  Fukuda created a complete language for the vampires. The way they expressed emotions and communicated with each other was fascinating. The vampires themselves are incredibly creepy and at times behaved in an animalist way that I found terrifying. The romance that develops is secondary to the tale, but sweet and genuine. I really connected with these characters. Their hopes, fears and desires became mine.

We are given very little detail about how the world came to be populated almost entirely by vampires and quite frankly I didn’t really care. The world Fukuda creates is unique, original and detailed. Parts of it were horrifying and others made me laugh. I found the education on why Heper’s sing absolutely hilarious. His perception of how another species would perceive us was totally amazing. The Heper’s in captivity emulate humanities ability to survive and adapt. The choices Gene and Ashley must face are extraordinary and kept me completely engrossed. I love when a book consumes you, and this one left me spent and wanting more. The author's writing style was tight. He gave attention to detail while creating a tale that flowed exquisitely.

I highly recommend The Hunt to fans of dystopian and fantasy. Can you tell I like this one?*scratches wrist* Novels like this are why I became such an avid reader. There is nothing like the high a good book delivers and The Hunt left me well satisfied and craving more.  I have added Andrew Fukuda to my auto-buy list and plan to pick up his first novel Crossing. I am anxiously awaiting book two of the Hunt series and will deliver information to you, as I receive it.


I want to thank netGalley and St. Martin for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. 

I gave this 5 coffee cups out of 5. 




Audio book clip: The Hunt

Andrew Fukuda 

UK Cover

I like both covers. What do you think? 

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19 Comments:

At April 21, 2012 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

Freaky!! And I do like that :D Though i wonder how humans will survive at all

 
At April 21, 2012 at 5:58 AM , Blogger Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Wow, this book sounds amazing! I hadn't heard of it before now but I will definitely be adding it to my TBR list. I love the sound of a world controlled by vampires! Have you read the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine? It's about a town that is controlled by vampires (although not to the same extent as vampires rule in The Hunt). It's one of my fave series!

Great review :)

 
At April 21, 2012 at 6:51 AM , Blogger Danny said...

I cannot agree more with you! This tale was epic and I sure as hell didn't expect it to be that freaking awesome! It was disgusting at times and I was appaled by those monsters but, it just added to overall tone and general awesomenss of this book! This is a fanatstic review and you mentioned so many things I forgot already:))

 
At April 21, 2012 at 7:50 AM , Blogger Tami said...

Saw that you are a Flyers fan on Doreen's blog. WAHOO!

 
At April 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM , Blogger roro said...

awesome/ yaay/ geeking out/ confetti/ streamers
glad u liked
tnx 4 the review kim

i loved the awesome disgusting ness lol

 
At April 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

I've got this book, but I've been putting reading it off because I'll have to read it on my laptop. BUT I wanted to read it badly, I still do. This is a great review, and makes me think I will give it a shot soon. As for the covers, I really don't care for the UK cover at all. It's too much like the movie poster for Point Break.

 
At April 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM , Anonymous laura thomas said...

I can't believe this has been sitting on my shelf and I have not read it. I am going to remedy that quickly. Your review is great and makes me anxious to get started reading. I think I prefer the first cover art better. I like to create my own picture of a character sometimes!

 
At April 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM , Blogger kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I prefer UK cover for this book, it's more urgent, and I loved this book as well! gruesome and fantastic! Great review, Kimba!

 
At April 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM , Blogger Patricia said...

I need this novel so badly, it almost physically hurts. I love the sound of it, I love what reviewers have to say about it, and god darn it, why can't I own it already? ;_; - The funny thing is that I'm giving a copy of it away, but don't own one myself yet. >_<

Love your review!

 
At April 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM , Blogger Tami said...

I like the UK cover. I am going to download this on my nook. It's supposed to storm all day tomorrow. Perfect day to stay indoors and read.

 
At April 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM , Blogger Tami said...

I like the UK cover. I am going to download this on my nook. It's supposed to storm all day tomorrow. Perfect day to stay indoors and read.

 
At April 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Sophia said...

Oh my goodness, yay! I'm so glad to hear you liked this one, Kimba! I have it on my shelf and totally forgot that I need to read/review it. The concept sounds so unique and the human characters definitely sound likable. Thanks for the awesome review, Kimba, and I'm glad you loved it! <3 :)

P.S. I love the US cover more. Especially the old cover on the ARCs.

 
At April 21, 2012 at 8:47 PM , Blogger Megan said...

I have this one in my to-be-reviewed list and now I'm super excited for it!

I think I prefer the US cover.

 
At April 22, 2012 at 7:57 AM , Blogger Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Now I really can't wait to read this one! It sounds amazing! And I like the US cover!

 
At April 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Cheles Bells said...

Excellent review, Kimba! I need this book NOW. I've been looking for something like this after reading and loving The Immortal Rules. This sounds perfect. Thanks so much for letting us know about this one! I like the UK cover (gotta love those hot fictional boys)! ;D

 
At April 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM , Blogger Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh that is one wild trailer. And sounds like an amazing read! Wow. 5 cups. That is amazing. :) Wonderful. And I'm really starting to see more and more vampire-ism books out lately. :) Thank you!

 
At April 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Darlene said...

Awesome review! I can't wait to read this one :)

I personally like the US cover better.

 
At April 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM , Blogger Debbie@ I Heart YA Books said...

I love this book too! I'm waiting right along with you for the next book! Thanks for the great review Kim! :)

 
At April 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM , Blogger Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

Yay!! I'm SO SO glad you liked this one. :D That is so awesome. I've been a bit worried lately, but that's definitely promising. It does sound fantastic and I can't WAIT to give ti a try. :D

 

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