Hardcover: 1st USA Edition, 293 pages
Published: May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
Read an excerpt HERE
Read an excerpt HERE
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?
THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda is an entirely different species of Vampire story telling, romantic illusions are gone and in it's place is a brutally frightening novel that will leave you unsettled and disturbed.
As I began reading THE HUNT I was completely blown away by it's concept and execution. This story focuses on Gene, human teen trying to pass as a vampire in a world were humans are nearly extinct. The vampires in this story are a voracious blood thirty bunch that can consume a human and leave nothing behind so it stands to reason that Gene's facade has to be perfect every second of every day. His routines and rituals are carefully executed and I was mesmerized by his dedication and completely understood his need for survival. So, when Gene is selected for the hunt of last remaining humans, I was utterly horrified by the fact that his carefully guarded secret could be revealed because the consequences meant certain death. What happens next is some of the most tense and absolutely terrifying moments I have ever read, yet I could not stop reading it and was oddly sad when it ended.
Andrew Fukuda did a remarkable jobe of putting a new twist on the vampire genre, not only did he create a culture that was dark and original but he also hosted a cast of characters that were some of the most nightmare inducing persona's around. Gene, this story's protagonist was the most complex of characters and my appreciation for his survival was well recognized even though his methods would sometimes leave me cold.
I am a great fan of all things vampire and the big "sell" for me is that romantic-smexy element that always seem to accompany those that are fang inclined. So, it was a big shock to my system when I read THE HUNT, but despite this shock it was a welcome change. Andrew Fukuda has created a world that is unique and twisted that you will be haunted by it long after you finish the last page.