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The Hunt

The Hunt

Written by Andrew Fukuda

Narrated by Sean Runnette


The Hunt

Written by Andrew Fukuda

Narrated by Sean Runnette

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4/5 (44 ratings)
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May 8, 2012
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9781427222091
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Description

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?

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May 8, 2012
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About the author

Born in Manhattan and raised in Hong Kong, ANDREW FUKUDA currently resides on Long Island, New York. After earning a bachelor's degree in history from Cornell University, Fukuda went on to work as a criminal prosecutor in New York City. He now writes full time. He is the author of The Hunt, The Prey, and The Trap.

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  • (3/5)
    A dystopian YA read featuring vampires, some interesting ideas but it never quite grabbed me.
  • (2/5)
    'The Hunt' is a quick read with a slightly similar storyline to the Hunger Games. The idea behind the 'human hunt' is that the human population be controlled through means of a battle royale (of sorts) between the thriving alien species and the remaining human population.

    As far as covers go, I like the cover design on 'The Hunt'. It's an engaging cover with some fun elements. I love the ripped cut out showing the two lead characters.

    In all honesty, it's not my favorite dystopian read. The pacing was off through the entire novel. The beginning felt slow and the ending felt rushed. I wasn't surprised at the big reveal 200 pages in, either. I had it pegged very early on.

    The world was crafted well enough and, unlike some dystopian worlds, I had no problem figuring it out. The world has some unique bits that separate it from other dystopian titles, but also suffers from having too much backstory.

    The long and short of it? While the idea was an interesting one, for me, 'The Hunt' just didn't hold up. 'The Hunt' wasn't my cup of tea
  • (4/5)
    The people in this book are not actually vampires, but, of all the paranormal creatures, that's the best available description. They cannot be in sunlight, they have fangs and long nails, and they do suck blood. However, these creatures also eat flesh, so they're not quite vampires. They have no hair on their bodies, except their heads, which seems odd. Another big difference is that they age.

    He works really hard not to attract notice, following tons of strict rules, like shaving every single day to fit in with these weird vampire creatures that apparently run the world, or at least his part of it. Even with all of his preparation, it seems odd that no one's noticed him yet. Wouldn't they be able to smell him?

    I really have to comment on the oddness of some of the rituals the people (aka vampire-like beings have). When they think something's funny, they scratch their wrists. At the prospect of drinking from a heper (human), they drool copiously. Gross! Weirder still, apparently rubbing an elbow into an armpit is equivalent to an intense makeout session. What the what?

    The writing really impressed me. The story is told in first person by Gene. The narration is inconsistent, with Gene sometimes referring to himself as one of the people and sometimes identifying himself as a heper in his own thoughts. Rather than coming off as poor editing, this strengthens the tale. Gene has been living among them so long that he hardly knows what he is any more. At times, behaving like a person seems to come instinctively.

    The Hunt calls to mind most strongly The Hunger Games, even thought the plot is quite different. The similarities between them are the lottery, although, here, winning the lottery is a lucky thing, and the battle to be number one. The Hunt, too, is a very fast read, full of action and excitement. I will definitely be looking forward to the next action-packed installment.

    Also, I have to give Fukuda some serious props for his hilarious judgmental commentary of the romantic vampire novels. He's clearly laying into Twilight. Love it!
  • (3/5)
    I'm not sure if this is dystopian or just fantasy, because I'm not sure if the world was always more vampires than humans or what. I mean, they still use horses as transportation, so that really didn't make sense...whatever it is, it's definitely this: The Hunger Games meets vampires. In the world of The Hunt, vampires are people and humans are practically extinct. Interesting concept, no?There are a lot of things that didn't really make sense...how did this happen? What kind of vampires are these that can't smell heper (aka human) simply because they bathed really well? How did vampires come to take over the world?I'm sure a lot of these questions will be answered later and I enjoyed the jabs the author made about current vampire trends. I'm definitely intrigued by where this series might go, but no rush.
  • (3/5)
    As is usual, I received this book in a GoodReads drawing. Also as is usual I will candidly comment on it below.The plot here is fairly straightforward. I can say confidently without fear of spoiling anything that Fukuda's "The Hunt" is merely an hybrid of "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight". Vampires rule the world and they use the last remaining normals as blood sport. Enough said. The overall concept is fairly new and I like the idea that the antagonists are in charge. From the onset the villains are ruling the proverbial roost and for someone that guiltily and perennial roots for the bad guy, that's pretty refreshing. As for the writing, Fukuda at points is gripping and wonderful but at an equal number of points rather flaccid and perplexing. The text suffers from equal parts "Hmm, interesting!" and "huh, what...?" His characters regularly end up in impossible situations and take part in rather weak conversations but in the end the reader is still left with fairly well-established sense of drama. While on some levels you may not entirely believe what the author has written you do still care about what happens.For a recommended audience on this book I'd say that most of the vampire/occult/fantasy crowd should be fairly satisfied. It has almost a young adult feel to it and nothing in the text, save for a bit of bloody feasting, will be inappropriate for a younger crowd. One should just work hard to glare over textual and plot inconsistencies as one goes. There are plenty to go around.In summary, Fukuda has an interesting hybrid idea that while not entirely original, is at least an interesting derivative take on the vampire genre. His execution could use a bit of work but in the end that's mostly ignorable.
  • (4/5)
    In Andrew Fukuda’s fast paced, exciting young adult novel, The Hunt, humans (also known as hepers) have been driven to edge of extinction by creatures that appear to be a hybrid of human,vampire and zombie.Seventeen year old Gene has lived amongst the ‘people’ his entire life, carefully disguising his human scent, adopting their mannerisms, being like them, all to avoid a bloody, violent death. He lives alone, keeps to himself, remains unobtrusive at school… until his number is chosen. Gene is to join The Hunt, a government sanctioned extravaganza that happens only every decade, a chance to hunt and feed on a handful of hepers released into the desert. Sequestered to the Institute for Heper Research with his fellow competitors, Gene is desperate to maintain his subterfuge, or risk becoming the hunted.I very quickly got caught up in this fast paced story upon being introduced to Gene, a heper hiding among creatures that would devour him in seconds should they learn what he is. I enjoyed reading a male perspective for a change in this genre and Gene proves to be a likeable protagonist. I liked that Gene was a little conflicted by his human status wishing, on occasion, he could be like everyone else and even that Gene’s first extinct is self preservation, despite learning the truth about the captive hepers. It’s such an interesting internal conflict and one that Fukuda doesn’t shy away from.The behaviours of the people are unusual but satisfyingly visual and different. The creatures scratch their wrist to express amusement, affection expressed by grinding armpits with elbows and they drool copiously. Yet they go to school, they hold down jobs, they live an ordinary life, albeit one where the eat raw meat, sleep hanging from the ceiling and disintegrate in sunlight.I’m not sure how I felt about Gene’s fragile relationship with Ashley June, she is fairly inscrutable and remains so through out the story. I am looking forward to getting to know the Heper’s better in the next installment and predict that Sissy will replace Ashley June as the love interest.I have no problem suspending belief in fantasy but there has to be an internal logic that makes sense in context. There are some flaws with the world-building in The Hunt, elements that don’t quite make sense or contradict each other. It’s a shame because these issues could have been easily resolved and done a lot to enhance the credibility of the author’s world vision.The Hunt offers something a little different to the current field of young adult dystopia fiction, though it also embraces familiar elements, with similarities to The Hunger Games. Despite it’s problems, I loved the action and the constant tension which carried me through the story quickly and I looked forward to reading the sequel, The Prey.
  • (5/5)
    It has been a long time since I read a book in one night, but Fukuda's "The Hunt" kept me reading into the early hours of the morning, and I didn't resent a single second. In post-apocalyptic America there are very few humans left and Gene is one of them. He hides openly among the vampires who rule the planet, and with the early help of his father has developed an incredible regime to avoid detection. His routine and survival is threatened however, when he unluckily wins a lottery that places him in a once-in-a-lifetime coveted position as one of the "hunters" of the last remaining hepers (humans). His plan to break his leg just before the hunt doesn't work, and he is forced to train with a bloodthirsty crowd who are growing increasingly suspicious of him.Readers will love:The vampires whose characteristics are fresh and intriguingThe fast non-stop action of the story; I repeatedly found myself holding my breath for GeneThe twists (and there are a couple)The (dare I say it?) Hunger Games-like feel when Gene is being pursued and the romance, which I'm not going to tell you about. Yes, there are a few questions that a critical reader might ask, and a few places where the ability to just believe gets stretched a little thin, but overall, I think this is going to be a real winner with my middle school readers. My gut instinct says it will only take one or two signouts before this book is a smoking hot commodity in my library. :-) It's been a while since I felt so certain about a book, and the really surprising thing is that I really, REALLY thought I could not possibly read another book with a vampire in it EVER! I was wrong ... so wrong. Sadly, this is book one but happily, book two is supposed to be out very soon. I'll be in that line-up for sure.
  • (4/5)
    Gene's father drilled into him all of the ways that he must fit into the society they live in. Never sweat. Never cough. Never laugh. The society they live in is full of vampires. These vampires are creative - they scratch their wrists when something is funny. They crack their necks when excited. They eat bloody raw meet. They dream of hepers (hiumans).
  • (4/5)
    The plotline fascinated me. The Hunt was a surpringly slow read for me. It is packed with action and twists to keep you hooked in, but it took me a lot longer to read it than I expected. Once I got a feel for the book, I was able to predict the general outcomes. I think it is probably the most interesting and unique vampire book I've read in a long time.
  • (3/5)
    A good read. Nothing stood out for me as a greatly amazing story. I skimmed most of it and should probably try reading it again when I have more time. I feel I didn't get the whole feel of this one.
  • (4/5)
    I received a copy of this book from the Library Thing Early Reviewer's group. Despite my best efforts, I was never able to feel connected to these characters. It's an excellent premise, and I plan to try again and again with this book; it fits exactly within my favorite genre! My distraction comes when I begin to believe I'll "know what's happening." I read past that point several times, and was wrong each time, but I never finished the book. 3.5 stars out of 5
  • (4/5)
    The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (#1)Pages: 304Release Date: May 8th, 2012Date Read: 2012, May 13th-17thReceived: ARC via NetGalleyRating: 3.5/5 starsRecommended to: 15+SUMMARY -Don't sweat, his father said. Don't let them smell you. Don't let them see the hair on your chin. Don't laugh. Don't cry. Don't widen your eyes.Gene has followed these rules for years. Long after his father died. Long after he was forced to live alone. He has lived among the vampires, one of them, in the dark, his life in danger at every moment. If they realize what he is - a heper, a human they will devour him that very second. When Gene is chosen to participate in the Heper Hunt, the first in 10 years, concealing his true identity may be harder than anything he's every done. Especially when he may be so much closer to his own kind than he thinks.MY THOUGHTS -The Hunt. Oh goodness - where to begin? I really enjoyed it, in a cringing, "Oh my GOSH that's disgusting!" kind of way. Is that even possible?! It just tripped me out. I don't do vampires, and the only other vampire-related book I ever read was about vampire bats and I hated nearly every second of that book. So I was surprised I liked this as much as I did. But still. Gross. :/CHARACTER NOTES -Gene pretty much made The Hunt for me. That and the writing, which was stellar. Gene is the kind of guy you wan to be buddies with. Maybe you even want to be his girlfriend. Underneath all this "hide from the vampires" stuff, he's such a cool guy. His discovery of romance and love just made him all the more appealing.Now, Ashley June. Ashley June. She is one tripped out character. And I loved her. I won't (can't) say too much about her, but I seriously loved her strength and poise. And that's about all I can say. (If you must know, I guessed everything about her the moment she was introduced at school...just sayin'.)Now, there are some NASTY vampires here. Ashley June may be tame, but that's not normal. Ha! The others are just...EW. That's all I can think to say, because really, they all team up to suck the blood from humans. And it's described. And I have not gotten over that scene. I need a barf bag Every. Single. Time.STORY NOTES -The first 100 pages or so were good, but they lacked intensity for me. It had some scary, disturbing things, but...not enough to wow me - just enough to keep me going. Then, BAM! Wowza! The rest of the story jumped at me. So much happens, so much mystery is involved, and the climax! GASP! It was like, 75 freaking pages of OHMYFREAKINGGOSH WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Ahem. Composure obtained...Now, this story is gross, because vampires are not glorified and the Director is scary as hell and Gene could be devoured at any second. There are scenes, quite a few of them, that involved eating raw meet with blood running and - yuck. Still squeamish. Hence, the lower rating.But I will be continuing this series. Andrew Fukuda is highly trained in the art of torture by a few small words. And by small words I mean Lauren Oliver style - like the last words of the book. Where everything blows up in your face and you can't breathe.SO. Obviously, I have to know.And while I can't say much about either of these things, I loved:1. The romance. It was flipping amazing!2. Gene's work with the Hepers. Wow! Such a neat dynamic!So bravo to Andrew Fukuda, even though I'm still recovering. I say well done! (That's how I like my meat, ya'll. Not fresh. But, you know, no hatin'.)SUMMING IT UP -Scary and yucky but totally flipping cool! If you're not totally disgusted, you'll most likely enjoy it! (Oh, but what was with the armpit sex? That was bordering on Twilight-glittery-vampire-funny!)For the Parents -You heard me. Armpit sex. Spin the bottle, Ashley June and Gene are forced into a closet, they have to, erm, do that. It's just so weird. But it's not explicit, not really. Just that it's a source of pleasure for vampires. Besides this and the nasty violence, nothing. Ages 15+
  • (4/5)
    Gene is a heper, or human, who's been masquerading as a vampire his entire life. Vampires are the norm and humans are rare. When Gene is chosen via lottery to participate in a heper hunt, things become tricky. Trying to keep up appearances surrounded so closely by vampires is hard, but he does his best. Worse yet, a female vampire classmate was also chosen for the hunt, and Gene's always had a secret crush on her. Secrets are revealed as Gene learns more about his classmate and the hepers he's supposed to hunt.
  • (4/5)
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick and Dirty: A boy tries to survive living with a society of vampires. Dark. Mysterious. Deep. This book has lots of questions surrounding what it means to be human.Opening Sentence: There used to be more of us.The Review:This book absolutely floored me. I was not expecting the plot, the characters, or the world. Phew. Very tiring book. But great world-building. Scratch that. Amazingly-awesome world building! This is a world where vampires rule. A world where humans are almost extinct, yet some can hide right under their noses. Gene (if you didn’t read the synopsis, you wouldn’t know his name until the middle of the book because nobody has names. Only designations depending on where you sit in school) is a human that hides by getting rid of anything that makes him human. All emotions, twitches, coughing, sneezing, BO, and body hair are gone. Down the drain. If someone so much as squints, they’re goners. And try resisting when you’re awake and active during the night. Vampires are the normal. Sleeping upside down is normal. So when Gene wins a raffle to be in the next Heper (human) Hunt, his life gets a million times harder. Leaving school without his supplies to keep him looking and smelling human, he’s taken to the Heper Institute that supposedly researches humans. But besides his own body, he has to worry about the girl from his school that also won — Ashley June. A girl that he’s always liked, but it would be impossible to love.World building. I cannot get over how detail-oriented Fukuda is. He picks apart everything it means to be human. Smell, looks, personality. Then he puts a human in the middle of a vampire society and this is The Hunt. It’s about a human trying not to be human. No, wishing. A human wishing he wasn’t human. But throughout the entire book, he learns that being human isn’t despicable like everyone in the society says. He has to “remember who you are,” a rule his father reminded him of once every now and then.Need to learn how to have a poker face? Gene has it down to an art. He’s been taught from the very beginning the rules of being a human in a vampire world. It’s the only thing he knows. The only thing that matters to him. He’s a pretty gutsy character. And strong. He must be if, really, his life has no purpose except survive. Survive and live another day. Pretty brutal, if you ask me.So I was pretty leery about the romance in this book. Guy’s perspective and all that. But as you get to know Ashley June, she has more than just the popular girl layer. She has some backbone and isn’t afraid to show it.Fukuda is such a witty writer! This could be part of being detail-oriented, but the descriptions were amusing and clever. The first person took some getting used to, especially if you’re used to girl perspectives. In fact, when I started reading it the first word that popped into my head was weird. But once you get used to that, the whole book was pretty good.Notable Scene:“Get out.”“You’ll answer to–”“The Director? Sorry, but I’ve already heard this speech. Now get out.” I see the smallest and youngest of them, a girl no older than me, clutching her makeup bag. She’s afraid, and for an instant I feel a stab of sorrow for her. “Look, don’t worry. Leave a makeup kit and a mirror here; we can put it on ourselves. Now get out.”They offer little resistance after that.“That was close,” Ashley June says after the front doors close. A look of horror suddenly crosses her face. “Get out!”“What?”“Get out!”I spin around, expecting to see one of the staffers still lurking.“No, you! Close your eyes. Close them, I said! Now get out!”“What’s going on?”“You’re not supposed to see me yet. Not until I’m completely ready. Go, already!”I blink. Ashley June: such a romantic at heart. Even in the moments after imminent death, apparently.The Hunt Series:1. The Hunt2. The Prey (January 22, 2013)FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan provided me with a copy of The Hunt. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
  • (5/5)
    A boy living in a world full of vampires that think human's are nearly extinct. Uuuum... EPIC WIN.Gene has co-existed (incognito... 007 style) with the vamps his entire life. He goes to school with them, has taken on their mannerisms... He pretends to be one of them in order to survive. The rules are simple. Do not draw attention to yourself. Do NOT get caught. SURVIVE, no matter what.And then the day comes, when no matter how adamantly he follows each and every rule... nothing can save him. The Ruler, who no one has seen or heard from in decades decided there is to be a Heper Hunt. They round up HUMANS (what they call hepers) set them loose and let a team of specially chosen vamps have at it. I KNOW right?! And GUESS who is one of the chosen to aid in The Hunt? Yep... GENE."I don't have any friends... Mostly, though , it's the prospect of being eaten alive by your so-called friend that kills any possibilty of shared intimacy. Call me picky, but imminent death at the hands (or teeth) of a friend who would suckle blood out of you at the drop of a hat... That throws a monkey wrench into the friendship building."I didn't even realize until page 150 that I didn't even know the main character's NAME. He wasn't even aware of it until he breaks into the heper village and forces his mind to recall it!Then there's Ashley June... Is she a human among the vamps also??? Surely not! Maaaaaybe... She is! No... She isn't... Yes... No... Ah-ha!!!!!I'm telling you, this is the inner turmoil I was putting myself through while reading The Hunt!Andrew Fukuda's attention to detail was simply excellent! I was completely overwhelmed by the life in which Gene led. The loneliness and self-loathing he experienced while wishing he was one of the very creatures he despised so much in order to LIVE a normal existence!Remarkably witty and humorous, The Hunt is compulsively readable.
  • (4/5)
    In a world run by vampires, where humans (or hepers as they are known) are virtually extinct, Gene lives by rules ingrained in him by his father to ensure his survival.The government anounces a heper hunt, and Gene 'wins' a spot to participate. So much for the rule about not drawing attention to yourself. Among the participants is Ashley June, one of his schoolmates, on whom he has a crush and who always seems to stare at him.Surviving has just become more complicated. How will he hide his human traits, especially from Ashley June. In his desperation he comes into contact with the 'hepers' who even though they were raised in captivity, have held on to their humanity a lot better than he has. Gene's dad raised him with one goal in mind, survival. He doesn't even realise that he's not really living The fear of discovery and ultimately death is what drives his actions, almost to the exclusion of everything else.I enjoyed this book even though at the beginning it looked like another 'Hunger Games'. As the story progressed I realised how wrong I was. There are some concepts in the story which are questionable, but the pace of the story keeps you interested despite these and there are some interesting twists in the tale.
  • (4/5)
    Our hero, Gene, is living a double life. By night, he has to remember to control his emotions and his sweat glands. No more laughing or crying, fast swimming or slow running. By day, he either sleeps of roams the world while others sleep. Gene is the worst thing he can be in this world, human. He is surrounded by vampire-like beings and his very survival depends on his ability to blend in and not call attention to himself in any way.Well, you know he's not going to get away with it, friend. (How fun would that be?) Apparently, these new vampire-like beings are a big bunch of gluttons with little to zero self-control because they are almost out of humans to eat. Enter the Heper Hunt. The president has been breeding humans for the sole purpose of allowing them to be hunted by a select group who have been chosen by lottery. Gene is chosen the be a hunter (his secret is safe for now) and the real hunt is on. He now finds himself thrust into a world of hunters and humans while desperately trying to maintain his cover. Gene meets a girl or two, natch, and although there is a little smidge of a love story (most notably strange elbow to armpit relations), it is not the central focus of the plot. Mainly, it's all about the constant tension and pressure Gene is trying to live through. You try not to sweat right beside him as every turn and twist brings him closer to being outed and eaten. The Hunt is the kind of book that grabs you by the collar and never lets go. The fast pace kept me turning the pages and I couldn't wait to see how this was all going to turn out for our hero. Some of the choices were odd, but not enough to keep me from highly recommending The Hunt. Fukuda has created a bloody, unique and terrifying world where the humans have lost the war and their future is on the line.
  • (5/5)
    Oh, holy butter, THE HUNT is such a smooth and unputdownable read that I hardly know where to begin with this review. If our world was set in THE HUNT, Andrew Fukuda is like the master of all vampires, and I would gladly crack my neck with excitement because I am absolutely salivating for the next installment! I had said earlier this year that DRINK, SLAY, LOVE was absolute love-at-first-sight, and comparitively THE HUNT rises up to the challenge and proves to be true-love-at-first-bite. Vampires, your comeback is nigh – and I totally LOVE what these authors have done with them!THE HUNT will immediately suck readers into a world where vampires come out on top in regards to survival of the fittest, and Gene may be the last free-roaming human left - although he cannot exactly announce that to the world. The vampires may love humans, but their love is not strictly in the platonic sense. I cannot imagine how hard it is for Gene to hide his humanity and train himself to be unnoticeable among his predators. Gene is quite the intelligent young man, but he realizes that any misstep means certain and unpleasant death. As a person who tends to wear her emotions on her sleeve, I would probably fail epicly in maintaining a cool façade. I do wonder what exactly Gene expects for his life since it seems that he may have a lonely future ahead of him with no particular desire to stir any trouble. Until he gets selected to join the Hunt and comes into contact with the human captives.What Andrew Fukuda brings to the table is a strong and cohesive world where night becomes the new day, and all the characters definitely help to create such an interesting dilemma where readers constantly wonder if there are others like Gene who have lived under the radar and also if higher powers DO know about Gene but choose to keep it quiet. Who exactly is the man behind the curtain? Who is vampire, and who is human? Who can be trusted, and who will stake you in the back? THE HUNT deftly buildS up the suspense into a satisfying yet game-changing conclusion that will leave readers anxious to find out where the series will go in Book 2 – and who will prove fit enough to survive.Deliciously innovative, wholly addictive, and solidly dystopic, fans of LEGEND, The Hunger Games, and DIVERGENT are sure to devour THE HUNT in one sitting, drool to the point of embarrassment, and immediately demand seconds. NOW. Andrew Fukuda has delivered an impressive debut that brings all the tricks to the table, and something tells me that the next installment will be just as well-crafted to perfection.
  • (2/5)
    GoodReads Synopsis: 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?My Thoughts: Ultimately, not a big fan of this book. It was kind of like a ‘Vampire Hunger Games”...it had potential, but never quite rose to the occasion.Fukuda dumps us in this world where we don’t know what the deal is, other than it’s a world of Vampires, and the eyes we are looking through belong to a human posing as a vampire. But Fukuda doesn’t do much World building throughout the story.I had a ton of questions from the reading that were never addressed or answered. We don’t know anything about how long the world has been ruled by vampires...or how long the main character’s family has been in hiding among them. We know the vamps call humans, “hepers”, but now why.When the main character, whose “name” we learn is Gene over halfway through the book, goes through some seminars prior to the Hunt. They were to provide some insight into how hepers think and operated. During one of these “seminars”, the Director talks about how hepers are a couple of hundred years behind the vamps on the evolutionary scale...which would lead me to believe that vamps have been in power for centuries. How could humans hide that long amongst the vamps? Also, why doesn’t anyone have names in this world? Makes it hard to address people when they don’t have names.The vamps do some strange things like wrist scratching and apparently “foreplay” has something to do with elbows in armpits...which is never explained or even hinted at. I felt like I came into a movie that was halfway over and missed all the back story...the problem was that there was no backstory.Overall I found the story predictable. Once the hunt was announced I wrote down my predictions for what I thought would happen and I was spot on with one exception. I thought possible all the “hunters” were hepers. This book frustrated me no end.
  • (4/5)
    A very intriguing book, indeed. I didn't always love it, true, but this was unlike anything I've ever read before -- and that fact alone makes this book extraordinary. This is a very visceral, completely story that will strike a chord with anyone who thinks they've seen all there is to be had from the vampire fiction genre.
  • (4/5)
    While I know that unputdownable is not a real word, it pretty much describes The Hunt. This book is compulsively readable from the very first page and never slows down. There are so many things to love about The Hunt, I will mention a few of them here:World building: In this dystopian future, vampires rule the world and consider themselves people. Humans, or hepers, are a vampire delicacy and are thought to be extinct except for a few that the government keeps in a facility to study. While some of the vampires mannerisms and lifestyle are familiar (sleeping during the day and awake at night, super fast and strong), Fukuda introduces some charcteristics that are completely different from what readers are familiar with and takes the time to really highlight their behavior (drooling and salivating excessively, scratching their wrists instead of laughing, making out by rubbing their elbows into each other’s armpits). These strange behaviors are one of the reasons that this book is so unique. Well developed characters: Gene is smart and strong but in his need to stay under the radar and blend in with the vamps, he under achieves in school. His real genius is living among the predators without being detected and it is really interesting to see the lengths he goes through to stay safe. While I liked Gene a lot, the most intriguing character is Ashley June, the gorgeous and popular vampire girl at Gene’s school that he has always been attracted to but smart enough to know to stay away from.The vampires: These vampires are the most vicious I have ever seen, working themselves into a slobbering frenzy at the mere mention of human flesh and blood. Yes guys, they eat flesh too and they attack like crazed animals in the wild. These are the scariest vamps I have ever read about.The suspense!: I cannot emphasize how much of a nail biting, edge of your seat read this is. I’m a squeamish reader and honestly, I was creeped out, grossed out and yet I could not put The Hunt down because I HAD to know what happened next. Despite my squeamishness, I raced through the book and am so ready for more!If you like horror, adventure, suspense, tons of action or just highly original and entertaining books, The Hunt is for you. There are some fantastic plot twists and a killer of a cliffhanger ending. I highly recommend it and cannot wait to read the sequel. Content: Kissing and violence.
  • (2/5)
    I should've liked this book. I should've LOVED this book. The premise sounded exciting and the blurbs from authors were so promising. I should have found it exciting and unputdownable. Let me just say, it did not live up to my expectations. The last thirty pages, the climax of Gene's story, took me five days to finish. When faced with going to bed or finishing, I went to bed. When the choice was between washing dishes or finishing, I washed the dishes. Obviously, it was a struggle to finish. Though this was for a few reasons, mostly at the end it was because I didn't have respect for the main character, Gene. In the beginning he was fine because he was all about surviving by not making waves. But when he went on the hunt and met the hepers (vampire word for humans) he's an idiot. I understood why he thought and acted the way he did. It made sense. But it also made me not like him. At all. Which is why the ending drug on and on for me. I didn't like the progagonist, a sure bet that I wasn't so interested in his survival.
  • (4/5)
    If I had only one thing to say about The Hunt, it would be that it was extremely original. I'm not sure that it is a book for everyone-parts of it were pretty disgusting, and the vampires in this novel were grosser than most. I happened to love that though. The plot was suspenseful and the story was unlike anything I have read before. One thing I prize most in a book is originality, and this book is full of it. I know. A vampire book that's original? Who would have thought that could happen anymore?It's not a perfect book, but what it's lacking in background details and world-building, it makes up for in its suspense, tight plotting, and just absolutely fantastic writing. Some sentences are choppy, some long, and it really helped to set the ominous tone for what was to come. I enjoyed the poetic style the book was written in. I like writing and a writer's voice that stands out, and it definitely did here.The story was also filled with delightful doses of humor and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. But then there were times when I had to put the book down because the suspense and story was terrifying me. I was seriously frightened in a couple of places. I usually don't scare easily either. I found that I fell in love with this book from the very first sentence. I knew it would be a book that I would enjoy.One thing I have to talk about without spoiling is the ending. It ended in a pretty devastating cliffhanger. But I kind of loved it because it was one of those revelations where your mouth dropped open in shock. Something happened that I should have seen coming all along but I was just oblivious to it and overlooked it completely. I love being shocked as a reader and it doesn't happen very often anymore. Complaints? The character development was a bit lacking. Which is why I said I wasn't too disappointed by the lack of perfection. The plot more than makes up for it. Even though the protagonist was fairly well-developed, most of the side characters weren't. A lot of scary things happened and I feel like I should have cared for those characters more, and I would have if the author had just spent a little more time on them. I could have also done without the snobbishness of the protagonist and Ashley June. It didn't make me like either of them as much as I could have. I understand why the author made them this way, but it's just going to take awhile for either of them to grow on me now. I also would have loved for some more background and details about how and why the dystopian world ended up the way it did. Since this is a new series, I am hoping more of that information is to come in the next book. Which I will definitely be reading. This book was amazing.Final note: This book was like a runaway train. It kept picking up speed as it moved along and it never did slow down. It kept going until the very end when it crashed into the station and you were left with the aftermath of your thoughts. Loved it!
  • (5/5)
    Don't sweat. Don't laugh. Don't smile. Don't show surprise. Just don't draw any attention to yourself. These are the rules he's grown up hearing everyday of his life. He's not like the people of the world - people who sleep during the day in sleep holds on the ceiling and would, literally, eat him alive if they knew what he was. If they caught even the smallest scent of his blood.There used to be more like him, but now, he seems to be the only one left.Following his father's rules and a set of careful daily grooming rituals he's been able to avoid detection, but when the ruler calls another Heper Hunt - where the people hunt a captive, bred and raised group of those who, like him bleed, and need water to survive it's all put in danger His elaborately constructed charade is in danger of collapsing after he's chosen to be a hunter.Can he make it through this alive?The Hunt twists the usual idea of a vampire story on its head. Instead of the vampires hiding in the shadows and being the outcasts of society, their lives in danger if people ever found them out, it's other way round. There's even more of a twist in The Hunt, actually, in that the creatures we would think of as vampires - those with fangs who can't go out in daylight, drink blood are referred to as people and those who we'd think of as the people are instead the 'other,' the minority and are called hepers.(I think it's worth noting that while the general 'vampires are in charge, people are in danger - the old idea is flipped' premise might be similar to The Immortal Rules, the two stories are very different and whether you liked one, didn't or never heard of it, consider the other separately. Though, I love that they are both breathing some new life into YA vampire tales.)The main character has been working his whole life to fit in, to not stand out, not to draw attention to himself. His father hammered a set of rules into his head over and over while he was still there - what not to do (things that the 'people' don't) and what to do (Never forget who you are) and taught him things to do that would keep him looking - and smelling (or not smelling) like them. We get to see the struggles he has through routine things because of the differences in how the world is not set up - how dark it always is even inside, for instance. But, we also learn a lot about the people and how they function, what they're like through observation, casual remarks about his life.Once the hunt - and preparation for it - get started we learn more about the society and not only how things are but how they view hepers. A lot of humor comes into play here as well as some potential romance. With the plot being what it is, there's always, at least, some underlying tension - is he going to be found out, isn't he? What about now?While I absolutely enjoyed learning about the people (vampires) and the hepers (people) and how that current world seems to be, I really would have liked some more character development. Not necessarily for secondary characters (though I did, oddly, find myself feeling more sympathetic towards one of the characters I don't believe was supposed to be that sympathetic), but at least for the main few. The plot seemed to be much stronger than the characters and when the ending was coming up it was hard to connect that much with two of the characters or care.The ending was quite brilliant and left me so, so anxious to know when the second book in this series!(And with Darren Shan's vampire series ending with the last The Saga of Larten Crepsley book out - I'll have a review this week or early next - I know someone else I'm going to try to get to read The Hunt.)Rating: 9/10Other Books You Might Enjoy: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion and Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyonadvance copy received from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers - thank you :)
  • (4/5)
    Wow. This book starts and just never stops. I read this book in a day, which is unusual for me. I’d sit down to read 50 pages and then realize I had read 100 pages, it’s just so quick moving and engrossing. The author puts you right into the middle of this world and you get bits and pieces of what’s going on at a time. Not everything is revealed, which is great because there is still so much history and mystery for the next in the series.There were characters that I was constantly rooting for – Gene of course – and I felt my heart speed up anytime that he was in trouble. Moments like that, and there were many, kept me on my toes and turning the pages late into the night. And then there were the characters I despised. That wasn’t really hard to do as most everyone is doing something at some point that made me shudder. The twists that are brought into play were surprising and I am on the edge of my seat to read the next book and see what happens!
  • (4/5)
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyFrom the chilling first words describing a human kindergartners failed attempt to blend in with her vampiric classmates to the vicious and shocking ending, THE HUNT 100% lives up to its killer premise. Andrew Fukuda has crafted a phenomenal tale about a world where humans are all but extinct and one teen who lives by a set of meticulous rules passed down from his father designed with one goal in mind: survival. Stay unnoticed, adopt their mannerisms, conceal humanity at all costs. He hasn’t seen another human in years until the day he’s chosen by The Leader to take part in the very last Hunt…The worldbuilding in THE HUNT is excellent. The vampires have a unique culture that feels very authentic, like it developed to suite their strengths and physiology. I’ve never read another book that did that. For example, vampires don’t laugh. They scratch their wrists, right above the vein. They produce copious amounts of saliva when excited, along with a series of neck ticks and knuckle cracking. I especially loved the way they expressed physical intimacy…I’ll never look at armpits the same way again. And while these differences could come across as bizarre for the sake of being bizarre, Fukuda writes and explains them in a way that gives them complete credibility. And that’s largely due to his protagonist.Gene has grown up in this world, ashamed at his immunity to the sun, his desire for cooked food, and his many weaknesses. He only know vampiric culture. He doesn’t have words for some of the tendencies he notices in himself or understand why armpits don’t drive him crazy with lust like the others. He knows what he is, but he won’t even say the word out loud. Fear of discovery has been his only companion, and all that taken together makes him a fascinating character to read. Comparisons to THE HUNGER GAMES are inevitable and in this case, they are warranted. THE HUNT is violent, scary and compulsively readable with an ending that will leave readers salivating for the sequel. Some of the dialogue hit a little odd with me especially in the human village as it had too much slang and expressions that they would have had no frame of reference for, but other that that, I completely loved this book. Highly recommend it and keep an eye out for the sequel. Sexual Content: N/A
  • (3/5)
    The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is a seriously intense and mind-screwing book. I spent a good 50 pages or so trying to decide WHAT paranormal creature I was dealing with in The Hunt. I mean, vampires - they drink blood, hang from ceilings, fear sunlight, etc. But in The Hunt, these creatures also scratched their wrists when they found something humorous and other wacky things like that and it threw me for such a loop. And hepers! Humans were called HEPERS. I just. It blew my mind.Basically, Andrew Fukuda does an AMAZING job of world building. And story-telling. The Hunt was so intense and action-packed, and also hurrah, a male protagonist!I really enjoyed the protagonist, Gene. In his position, I would definitely lay on the ground and say "Come and get me, vamps!" But Gene was so brave and alone and a freaking survivor. And kind of a badass.But, other than the crazy cliff-hanger ending, there was a bit of The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda that I thought ended up being slightly predictable. Not enough to ruin the story, but it was definitely something I was aware of while reading The Hunt.Oh, and did I mention the crazy ending? What a cliffhanger! Guys, if you're looking for an intense and paranormal and dystopianish book, definitely check out The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda. While The Hunt was not the perfect fit for me, Andrew Fukuda does a great job with the world-building and the storytelling.
  • (4/5)
    Overall I thought this book was quite interesting and I would recommended it to any YA or Dystopian fan. I did think that the start was kind of slow going but in the middle it definitely picked up the pace. I liked this book because it really kept me guessing. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen in the book Fukuda turned the tables on me. However, I did find that most of the characters were quite underdeveloped, which I hope will be remedied in the next books in the series. The ending was quite a cliffhanger and I am very excited to see where the story goes form here.
  • (4/5)
    This is another amazing out of the box book! I felt so intrigued and my hear pounded so hard while reading this.What I loved most about this book is the plot. We have a human who has pretended to be a vamp for years. I am so impressed with his wisdom in this area and the way he able to actually make himself think he is what he is.And some points in the book his mind set is so perfect, I even tended to forget that he is human. The plot really build up to some heart pounding moments. There were times where I was thinking," That's it. He got caught" and "Go! Run for your life!" LOL. As you can tell, I so got into this book.The characters of the book were so much more than what they seem. I really loved how this part of the book was written. You think you know a characters and then BAM! They pull a doozy on you. I am happy to report that all the characters are not only easily to get into, but that they will surprise the heck out of you!The is a love interest that I didn't think will form. It was a good love that started off slow with a friendship and suspicions, then totally form so beautifully. Trust me, you'll love it.The Hunt is an grand adventure that you will not want to put down! Extreme measures in survival, this deadly game of cat and mouse will have you at the edge of your seat. Fresh and addicting, The Hunt will entice you!
  • (4/5)
    This was a very interesting post-apocalyptic/dystopia which takes place in a world where vampires rule and humans have been hunted nearly to extinction because the vampires think of them as delicacies. Our main character is a young human has been passing as a vampire for years. This boy is very conflicted. He hates the vampires but he also hates his humanity because it keeps him from blending in. Every day is test for him to see if he can continue to fool those around him. Failure means instant painful death. Success means he has to do it all the next day.The Ruler has determined that it is time for another heper hunt and that the hunters will be drawn by lot from among the general population. The Ruler wants to bolster his fading popularity. Of course, our hero is chosen as is the vampire girl that he has been forcing himself not to like for years. He calls her Ashley June. Part of the reason that I keep calling him "our hero" is that the vampires don't have personal names. They have various designations based on where they sit in a class or what job they hold but the designations change. Our hero's time at the institute is a trying one for him. He has to survive without the soaps and deodorants that mask his heper body odor, he doesn't have the whitener he uses on his fangs, he doesn't have access to the water, fruits and vegetables he needs to survive. He also has to figure out how he will survive the hunt when the vampires are all faster and stronger than he is. It isn't until our hero meets the hepers who are going to be hunted and learns that they are not unthinking animals that he recalls that his family used to call him Gene. He is even more conflicted when he discovers that his fellow hunter - Ashley June - is also a human passing as a vampire. They decide to team up so that both can somehow survive. But things quickly go wrong and lead to some very exciting scenes as Gene tries to escape from the vampires who now know that he is a heper. Fans of post-apocalyptic survival stories will be a good audience for this story. They will be clamoring, like me, for sequels to know how everything works out for these characters.