The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt (The Hunt #1)

  • By Andrew Fukuda
  • Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback
  • Published: May 8th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
  • Genre: YA Dystopia / Paranormal
  • Source: own copy
  • 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?

    ~ Goodreads

  • Bomy’s Flutter: chilling, creative and engaging

  • I wasn’t sure when I’d get to finally read this novel. I’m glad I finally got to it, better late than never right? To begin with, dystopia in itself is not one of my favorite genres. I mean, sure, I love it when it’s Julie Kagawa writing it because, pfffft, it’s Julie Kagawa, but I’m not a fan of dystopia and the themes it generally contains. It unsettles me somehow, in a way that suspense or thriller doesn’t. Horror, again, I’m not into much, while I will love dark fantasy. Weird mix of likes, I know. I’m saying that though this was a ridiculously good story, it’s not exactly something I get excited over.

    The absolutely shining star of this reading experience has been the worldbuilding. I mean, aside the near-extinction of hepers and the people populating the planet, the world itself wasn’t necessarily too different. But the simple fact Andrew Fukuda took the human being apart in characteristics we all recognize as our own and then practically came up with these complete opposites makes everything just entirely alien, foreign and otherworldly. The concept of the people, their traits, their personalities and common behaviors, everything from facial expressions or lack thereof and the way the laughed – the wrist scratching thing was fabulous! – everything about the world of this novel is soundly chilling and disturbing enough to have you entirely fascinated. It had me entirely fascinated, without a doubt.

    Gene was an intriguing main character. He was a heper in disguise, an intruder among the people. But he’d internalized so much of their lifestyle and behavior that I felt, at a few points, he identified himself with the people not the hepers. This skewed view of his identity was the main thing that kept me invested in him. I can’t say I liked him per se, but I found him very interesting.
    Ashley June was interesting as well, and became more interesting as the story unfolded. I had a feeling about her and it proved to be spot on. In case you haven’t read the novel yet, I’m not spoiling the twist. Sufficient to say, this girl has some tricks up her sleeve.
    On a personal note, I didn’t feel the attraction between them, I didn’t feel any spark or real thing there. But I wasn’t emotionally invested in either of them, so I couldn’t have felt their spark though I read about it. It’s sad when it happens, and it often happens, for me, in YA. Anyway, they had an odd chemistry, I wouldn’t say romantic undertones as much as likeness and common enemies that developed into an alliance. I had a lot of love for Ashley June at the end there, and if you read this you know what I mean. If you didn’t yet, again, not spoiling it. 🙂
    Favorite Character: The Scientist 😀 {Loved, loved, loved the last line of the novel. Epic twist.}

    The story was a very nice mix of dystopia, paranormal elements, lots and lots of action and tension enough to give you an aneurysm, pretty much. Everything happened at an insane pace, and things just rushed upon me page after page. Everything about this story felt dynamic, engaging, bursting with action. Personally, I enjoyed more the psychological, sociological even aspects than the action because, well, I’m not a fan of action for the sake of action. But there was a lot more to the story than the sequence of action scenes, and I loved following things as they happened.

    The writing was a first person narrative from Gene’s POV, and it came with something I don’t really respond to: present tense. I’ve said this a lot of times, I know its merits and stylistic qualities and it does its job well, I simply don’t like it personally. Which, considering I’m not a fan of action on its own either, I guess makes sense. If you’re into action, the present tense makes it all the more engaging and thrilling. Aside that, I loved the style, the clarity and beautiful flow of the writing.

    The cover is awesomesauce, the blueb is hooking and relates very well what you should expect from this novel. It delivers.

    All in all, this was a great read though not exactly my cup of tea. Though I wasn’t that excited about something in particular, the overall effect was an engaging read, and the awesomeness of the worldbuilding and the plot twists kept me very well pleased throughout the read.
    If you’re into the dystopia vibe and love action and awesome twists, read this if you haven’t already. You’re most likely going to love it.


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