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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Publisher & Pages: Griffin, 296 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: In a world where humans have been eaten near extinction, seventeen-year-old Gene has only managed to survive by painstakingly concealing his true species. If the bloodthirsty creatures surrounding him knew what he really was, human; he would be devoured swiftly and terribly. When Gene is chosen to participate in the government-sponsored hunt for the last remaining humans, it thrusts him into the fight of his life; and into the path of a human girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible.
Now, he must learn the art of the hunt and elude his fellow hunters whose suspicions about his true human nature are growing. But most importantly, Gene and the girl he loves must find a way to forge a life together in a brutal world that’s bent on their destruction.
Highlight: The adrenaline portrayed will make you feel empowered and alive.
Caution: Monitor your caffeine intake during reading.
Highlight: The brutality and censored scenes strike a great balance.
Caution: Have a bucket ready to catch body fluids. A bio suit will be just as effective.
Review: 'The Hunt' is an excellent read as it’s fast paced and engaging which holds you in a trance. The suspense throughout the story keeps you on your toes and the desperation of the characters ensure you hide from the monsters with them. Andrew Fukuda has played around with various cultures and traditions to create a diverse but broken world that comes to life. The ignorance the humans, (known as Hepers), have of their culture contrast the beauty of the protagonists learning and discovering the humanity they are unfamiliar with.
Gene, a boy who has lived amongst bloodthirsty creatures all his life gets conflicted between what he knows and what he learns. By winning the lotto Gene has placed himself in more danger than he needs. With his father gone and no other Heper to turn to Gene role-plays the perfect creature to survive the coming hunt. A hunt a Heper will have difficulty participating in when the aim of the game is to kill other Hepers. Small strokes of luck, a quick wit, and help from a stranger keeps Gene ahead of his fellow lotto winners. But every mistake he makes pushes him further into the slaughter house. His every move is watched and a discovery blows his facade askew which causes his Heper side to be reborn.
Although you may wonder how Gene survived in a brutal society as a child, every step of the way you will feel the need to cheer him on as the first person perspective delivers intense emotions. As a fellow human yourself, Gene clearly makes the wrong decision but he is redeemable by his ignorance and fear.
Achieving the impossible could easily be brushed aside, as like the Hunger Games, survival is everything.
Set in a dystopian world the story makes you think about the changes of culture and how desperation causes people to do riveting actions. I highly recommend The Hunt as it has little flaws in its raw beauty.
Star Rating: 5 stars
Available in: Hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audio book.