The Hunt

The Hunt

Book rating: 04 Hardback Hunt Trilogy

By (author) Andrew Fukuda

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  • Publisher: GRIFFIN
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 208mm x 34mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1250005140
  • ISBN 13: 9781250005144
  • Sales rank: 225,871

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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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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.

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By theEPICrat 27 May 2012 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.

By Brenna Staats 18 May 2012 2

With a title like "The Hunt" and a description involving the near extinction of all human life as vampires take over the earth, you'd expect an action-packed, wild ride of an adventure when you picked up this book.

But that isn't what you get. I had such high hopes for this book, but it just didn't quite get there. It is, however, a book with a very intriguing background.

Reasons to Read:

1.A story shrouded in mystery:

The Hunt kept me guessing the entire time I was reading it, and I literally had no idea in what direction it would head. It was such a creative world, one that hasn't been overdone in YA yet, that I found most of it to be very unexpected in terms of development and plot. I really like books with good twists and The Hunt has one at the end that I found to be VERY surprising! All of my guesses regarding that character turned out to be wrong, so that was refreshing to read about :) nearly all the characters ended up different than how I expected them to be, and the story didn't involve the events I thought it would...

But that ended up being a great disappointment of mine. The Hunt largely features the build up and background of The Hunt rather than the event itself. I found that disappointing, because it lacked the action I was anticipating. The story was just frustratingly slow and uneventful. And I'm pretty much convinced that all the vampires who meet Gene in real life must be oblivious to not have picked up that he's human (which is even joked about. But seriously).

I wasn't impressed with much of the writing either; it wasn't bad at all, but I found that the writing style combined with Gene's character didn't nail the desperation and emotion that the situation warranted. I mean, Gene's a human constantly surrounded by vampires and he has to hide who he is just to save his life- that's KIND OF a big deal, but he just seemed so casual with it. I know he's used to doing this on a daily basis, but not to the same extent. It just didn't feel real to me.

Lastly, for a book that did do an excellent job of setting the stage for latter books I still felt that most of the world development was lacking. Things are thrown in (like hooking up with their elbows somehow) but they aren't explained. It's just accepted. But I kept wondering if I had misunderstood or misread something because I just didn't get it.

I have to admit though that I think the next books could EASILY redeem this series. I was so disappointed in The Hunt, but I think it's only going to get better from here on out! Fingers crossed.

E-galley received from publisher.

By Sarah 09 May 2012 4

After Gene's family dies, he's on his own. Living his life as an impostor, with no one look after him but himself. But he knows the rules like the back of his hand. He has to, to blend in so well with them. To not be mauled by them.
Everything goes as planned until he is chosen to take part in 'The Hunt'.

At first I thought this book was about werewolves, but I was pleasantly surprised it's about vampires! It is disgusting in some parts with the blood and saliva dripping down their chins. They eat like ravenous wild animals. But I loved it, lol!

It has a male's point of view, which I don't see very often.

The end of the book left a lot of questions, with that cliffhanger ending.

Thank you St. Martin's Griffin and NetGalley for providing a digital copy of the book!

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 08 May 2012 4

Well, this is def an interesting take on vampires, elbow sex, wrist scratching and all. It is so creepy the way the remaining humans (hepers) are treated it gave me goosebumps. There were a few issues I had with the plot (how are vamps made in this world if a bite kills hepers/humans) but they may be resolved in the next book. Issues aside, I couldn't put this book down.
Gene, the main character is a human pretending to be a vampire. I don't see how he could pull it off-no facial hair, no expressions, no smell, no laughing, being able to see perfectly at night, etc. but it did make for some edge of your seat situations.
There is some very unexpected romance, but it just added to the appeal and mystery of what will happen next, and how they will get there.
I enjoyed being in Gene's head, he had a voice that pulled me in, and it was refreshing to read from a male point of view.
This is fully violent, totally consuming, and there are plenty of twists and lots of action that kept me glued from start to surprising finish.

Review quote

"With razor-sharp prose, a genius plot, and a searing pace that will have you ripping through the pages, Fukuda creates a dark and savage post-apocalyptic world where humans are nearly extinct and love manages to bloom despite all the odds stacked against it. An exceptional novel--I can't wait for the sequel!" --Alyson Noel, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of the Immortals Series "One of the most brilliant, original books I've read in a very long time. This is the kind of book you'll want to stay up with all night to finish!" --Richelle Meade, #1 "New York Times "bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series "A book that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. "The Hunt "is both terrifying and sublime, with every page evoking that fragile, yet unyielding thing we call humanity."-- Andrea Cremer, "New York Times "bestselling author of the Nightshade Trilogy "Chilling, inventive, and utterly unputdownable. Readers, proceed...if you dare. This book will bleed into your nightmares." --Becca Fitzpatrick, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Hush, Hush" "In this terrifying and inventive adventure, Fukuda turns the vampire novel inside out...With an exciting premise fueled by an underlying paranoia, fear of discovery, and social claustrophobia, this thriller lives up to its potential while laying groundwork for future books." -"Publishers Weekly" "The story is bona fide creepy, and as it builds to its cliffhanger ending (which delivers quite a good twist), readers will be torn between hoping Gene can maintain the ruse and that he will take on the bloodsuckers already. As revolutions go, this one is well worth keeping on your radar." - "Booklist""Fukuda takes the feeling of isolation that dominates adolescence and builds a world around it in a novel where the tension rarely slackens. He turns up the violence a notch from THE HUNGER GAMES with language that is as graphic as it is eloquent. Readers will hanker for answers as they'll discover a kindred spirit in Gene, who so eloquently describes the feeling of being an island in the middle of a vast ocean." -"Maximum Shelf" "I was blown away from the first chapter all the way to the end. Fukuda did an excellent job turning the world of vampirism upside down. Wonderful descriptions, great imagination and very tight characters. If you love vampire worlds, then read this book. You will not want to put this one down!" -Night Owl Reviews (Reviewer Top Pick)"Utterly disturbing, dark, twisted, but incredibly fascinating at the same time. It was a ride like nothing else I've read before. Gene was a smart and sharp hero I loved to follow! And the ending was incredible with a cliffhanger that will leave you hanging and wanting more - right now! If you are up for a thrilling ride then go and get "The Hunt"!" - Bewitched Bookworms ""The Hunt" was fast paced and awesome, propelling me forward with each new twist. It was dark, gritty, and intense. Gene was a dynamic character, while the surrounding characters were insanely creepy. They were ruthless, and it was perfect. And the ending? Just right!"-- The Passionate Bookworm"Action-packed, heart-pounding, page-flipping action. I'm thoroughly in love. "The Hunt" is a riveting, thrilling read -- definitely one of my favorite books of 2012 so far. I can't wait to get my hands on a sequel, even if I have to wait a year for it." - YA Reads"This book was hard to put down. I kept thinking about it when I wasn't reading it! I just love this new world Mr. Fukuda created." -Milk and Cookies"I loved every minute of "The Hunt"! I couldn't put it down. It's horrific, terrifying, gruesome, and inspiring. A story of survival, loss, and sacrifice that had me reading late into the night and early into the morning. If you haven't already added "The Hunt" to your TBR I highly recommend it."--Paperblog"An insane adventure sure to have your heart racing." -Page Turners"Great book. "The Hunt" is at once intriguing and frightening. It's twisted and dark with just enough hope that it kept me on my toes and turning the page. I can't wait to see what happens in the series because it should be interesting!" -I'm Loving Books"Andrew Fukuda has given us a vampire version of THE HUNGER GAMES. . . one of the creepiest novels I have ever read. Gene is a beautiful character. Seeing his feelings really made this story for me . . . a must read." -I Heart YA Books "I fell in love with this book. I'm just going to say all the huge cliche things right now, because they express my sentiments exactly... 'I couldn't stop turning the pages, ' 'I was up reading all night, ' 'I didn't want the story to end' and 'I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THE SEQUEL!'" - Taming the Bookshelf"Very unique. This book is a standout. Andrew Fukuda has some good and original ideas. This series will only get better with each sequel." - Poetry to Prose"The action never stopped! Brilliantly written, the author weaves the story of Gene and his lonely, isolated life, and his desperate fight to blend in that is literally a fight for survival. The book ends with an interesting puzzler, meaning much more to come in the next installment. Highly recommended." - YA Lit Ramblings"With a last line that will leave you stunned you will immediately want to hunt down Andrew Fukuda and demand to know what happens next. This book definitely deserves four stars!" -The Book Vortex"An intense ride and an exciting start to a new series." - Love YA Lit"Violent, intense and absolutely captivating. I highly recommend this. I will definitely be reading the sequels!" -Rex Robot Reviews"One of the best vampire books I've ever read!This is a breath of fresh air within the genre.... Definitely makes my best of 2012 so far list. If you're looking for something fresh to read within the paranormal and dystopian genres, "The Hunt" is for you." -Birth of a New Witch"Fast-paced and exciting...Andrew Fukuda does a wonderful job of blending traditional vampire lore with cool and new ideas. Even if you aren't a fan of vampire stories, you should give this a try. "The Hunt" is definitely unique." - Karin's Book Nook"This book was fascinating. . . you'll want to read Gene's story." - This Blonde Reads"If the "Hunger Games" were taken over by vampires, this would be the result. A perfect blend of horror and YA fantasy, "The Hunt "sets a whole new bar for vampire novels. With incredible suspense, drama, ethical dilemmas, and a bit of romance - it's completely riveting. I loved every minute of this fast-paced, thrill ride. Don't miss this one." -SciFiChick.com"One heck of a rollercoaster ride. So good!" -Good Choice Reading"A fascinating thriller starring two fabulous protagonists...fast-paced and filled with chilling action. Fans will appreciate joining Gene as he tries to avoid becoming the prey of The Hunt."--Alternate Worlds""The Hunt "keeps you in your seat and "demands "you stay there. With the constant threat of heart-pumping danger and imminent death, the characters only grow closer and stronger. Shining like a beacon of humanity in a very dark and scary world, I highly recommend this book."--Teen Librarian's Toolbox"Andrew Fukuda managed to surprise me. I can't wait to see how it continues in the next book." - Fighting Dreamer"Fast paced, horrifying and delicious! "The Hunt" is a brilliant new series...steeped in horror and riddled with tension and fear that left me spent and wanting more. I highly recommend. One of my favorite reads for 2012." -Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer""The Hunt" by Andrew Fukuda was completely out of this world! One of the best novels I've had the pleasure to read in a long time." - The Book Faery..". the perfect blend of" the Hunger Games" and vampires, and that ending just begs for a sequel!" -Reading, Writing, Breathing"A thrilling, nonstop ride that I couldn't set down. "The Hunt" for sure is my favorite vampire novel this year." -Tina's Book Reviews"This dystopian stands out from the rest. The reader will be thrown into the story from page one and unable to put the book down...one of the best male characters I have had the chance to read about. A refreshing change." -Live to Read"Excellent...fantastic and truly top-notch. I highly recommend checking "The Hunt" out!" -Hippies, Beauty and Books, Oh My!"Intense, violent, and captivating...Gripping right from the very start...a refreshing approach to the already familiar vampire genre. Readers will instantly be hooked and they'll devour it no time." -JeanBookNerd.com"Fukuda is a master of mental fear and he truly wrote a story that will scare you deep to your core." -Books and Beyond