Review by Sugarscape reader Dana Atkins
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.
But 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?
If I was judging a book by it's cover... I would say that it's the type of cover that I'd look at and say 'ooh, this looks interesting!' The bold font and mixture of dark and light colours draw me in completely - I definitely would've bought it from a shop!
What's the story?
The Hunt is based upon Gene, a 17-year-old human that's trying to survive in a world full of vampire-like creatures who have a 'hunt' every so often where they eat humans. I'm not exactly sure when it's set but I would imagine that it's in the future due to the technology that they use. I imagine that it's set in a 'futuristic Earth' sort of theme, probably in America by the way that they talk.
What did you like about it? Did it win you over?
This book is definitely the type that I would read usually, it reminds me of the Hunger Games and I loved that, so I figured that this would be a good read. I really liked the storyline as it's a lot different to other books I've read as far as vampires being the main species and humans being the minority are concerned because usually it would be the other way round. I think that this change in roles particularly made me want find out how Gene would survive and if he would find another human. I think that the hope Gene has and also the bravery he has, has made this book difficult to put down because you find yourself just rooting for him to survive!
I think that the whole book worked perfectly, I think that it could've been a little bit longer but overall it's an amazing book.
Is it one you'll be recommending?
I would 200% read it again and again, the story is just so enticing. I have already recommended it to a friend because they kept asking what I was reading. Even my mum has asked about reading it!
This book is definitely one that kept me up late because I needed to know what happened next. I would set myself a page number to read up to but I'd find myself completely losing track of time and just continually reading it. So many cliff hangers!
How did you feel when you finished it?
I was completely shocked when I got to the end as I really wasn't expecting that to happen. I just want to read on and find out more about what Gene had found.
More importantly, are there any fitties to keep an eye out for? Could they give the Edward Cullens and Ron Weasleys of the literary world a run for their money in the fitness stakes?
I'm pretty sure that Gene is a fittie. He's so protective over Ashley-June and he's so brave. He's the perfect hero.
If there was a movie version of the book, I think I'd have to have Avan Jogia playing Gene and Dakota Fanning playing Ashley-June! They'd be so cute together!
Overall, I would give the book a 4.5 out of 5.
So what do you think - will you be reading it?
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is out now and the sequel, The Prey, is out at the end of January.