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? – Goodreads
I probably should have reviewed this immediately after finishing it because right now I am struggling to remember all the details and my initial reaction to it. There were bits that I really enjoyed, but I also encountered issues along the way.
To Andrew Fukuda’s credit, his ideas and vampires in The Hunt are very unique and this book is a standout from a lot of the recent vampire reads. Gene is the main character and, though he is human, he hides in plain sight in the vampire population. He adapts to their environment and characteristics, always careful of his every move: his sweat, his facial hair, his pace… the list goes on and on. It was interesting to read just how deep his assimilation went, especially as his humanity began to resurface. However, I did find it unlikely that he was able to live among vampires for so long without being discovered. There were some great, tense moments later on in the book where he became suspicious to the vampires around him, but it just didn’t ring true to me that he was able to go undetected for so long.
Another issue I found with The Hunt was the lack of history Andrew Fukuda offered. I wanted to find out more about why vampires came to populate the world and how they ran humans to extinction. I can only assume more details will be given in the upcoming books, but The Hunt could have benefited by offering some more information in this installment.
As far as characters go, I felt they were pretty empty, but I think that worked for this world. In Gene’s case, he has disguised himself as a vampire for so long that it made sense not to react as human would; his emotions were so shut off. I’m curious to see how he will grow in the next books, but I do wish I felt a stronger pull to him.
The Hunt ended on a cliffhanger, but I think that’s to be expected with the first books in a series now. It’s definitely an interesting twist and I’m looking forward to uncovering all the details. Andrew Fukuda has some good and original ideas and I have a feeling that this series will only get better with each sequel.
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