Thursday, May 23, 2013

Review: The Hunt

The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Page Count: 293
Release Date: May 08, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: The Hunt #1
Genres: YA, Dystopia, Vampires, Fantasy, Horror
Source: Won from Goodreads First Reads
The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)
Read summary on Goodreads, here.

Gene is just trying to make it through life unnoticed but when you're a human, in a school and world full of vampires it takes a lot of effort. No yawning, laughing, smiling, or falling asleep during class, these are just a few of the rules that Gene has heard all his life and he must remember them all in order to survive. But when he's randomly selected for the Heper Hunt, the biggest event in years, things go dangerously wrong and he has to fight in order to survive.
Most of the characters in the book don't have regular names, they have designations and Gene refers to them as things like, Gaunt Man, Abs, or Crimson Lips. He usually bases it on something physical, that he can see. Gene was an okay character for me but I got really annoyed with him when he was willing to sacrifice the lives of the hepers (humans) so easily. I kept thinking "You're one of them, you should be helping them not trying to get them killed!" but in the end he really redeemed himself in my mind. Ashley June is not my favorite character, at first she just came across as selfish but she does save Gene's life so maybe she's not all bad. I did like Sissy though, she was a strong, take charge type of girl and I really liked that. 
When the first few pages mentions that a kindergartener gets attacked by her teacher and fellow students, you know this isn't going to be warm, fuzzy romance. The vampires in this book are not the human-loving kind I usually read about instead just the slightest smell of human will send them into a drooling, neck-cracking frenzy and they don't just drink blood. As for sunlight, don't expect them to burst into flame or to sparkle, they pretty much turn into a pile of sticky pus. All of this spells A-W-E-S-O-M-E in my book. There were a lot of weird, interesting things going on here like scratching wrists instead of laughing, cracking necks when excited and of course, the weirdest thing of all, elbow sex. It's all fun and games until someone sticks an elbow in an armpit. This is one of the few books that I just couldn't put down. The ending definitely had me hooked; I just had to know what was going to happen next.

I really like the cover. The vampires running across the bottom was a nice touch.

Rating: 5/5

Review also posted to Goodreads.


Natalie Natflixandbooks said...

Elbow sex, eh? This sounds really interesting. I love it when a story really hooks me and I can't put it down. I do like that cover, too. I agree that the vamps on the bottom are a great touch. Great review!
-Natalie @Natflix&Books

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