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Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Expected Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Page Count: 293 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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?
Holy. Crap. This book is creeptastic! I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I started The Hunt, but I definitely loved every minute of it! Andrew Fukuda created a disturbing world where monsters are the majority and humans are hunted for food. Most believe humans are completely extinct, but some live among them, pretending to be monsters in order to survive. This was definitely a quick read, but that had more to do with the fact that I couldn't put it down than the length. I loved every minute of The Hunt and despite the nightmares it will probably give me later one, I am praying there is going to be another one!

I really liked Gene as a character. I didn't really connect with him emotionally, but I admired how far he was willing to go to survive. I definitely loved how he talked about his father and all of the things his father taught him about how to survive in a world of monsters. When he's chosen to be a part of The Heper Hunt his life is in jeopardy, but he fights through it. Of course, there is a bit of a romance, but it's definitely overshadowed by what's going on in The Hunt, although I do hope it's developed more (if there's a sequel!!!)

Fukuda's writing style is really well done. He's incredibly descriptive and there are scenes where some really gruesome stuff happens, but there is no sugar coating in The Hunt. People are ripped to pieces, melted in the sun, and you get a clear and disgusting picture of it. I absolutely LOVED it! Some parts gave me shivers and others had me gasping and screaming out loud. I didn't see much of anything coming, nothing is predictable. I definitely do not recommend reading this book at night.

Overall, despite the fact that I don't give ratings on Literary Exploration anymore, The Hunt gets 5+ stars!! I love a good horror story and this one greatly surpassed my expectations for it! 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!

19 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this one as well! It was such an intense book. I agree that some of the parts were really gruesome. Also, that ending just killed me! I need the next book like now. Great review :)

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  2. I didn't mind this book. The ending was a real killer . . . that's for sure. Anyway great review!

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  3. Omg I am so jelous of you! I really want to read this book! It looks amazing. I'm glad you loved it!! :)

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

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  4. I'm so glad you liked this. I was ready to give a pass on this book after reading several average reviews but you redeemed the book for me. I'll definitely include this now on my wishlist. :) Great review!

    Sarah,
    Smitten over Books

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  5. Descriptive writing and no sugar-coating on the gruesome scenes? Sounds intriguing! I'll have to see if my library gets this one,

    Nice review! :)

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  6. oh great review! I am very, very excited about this book and luckily for me I have an egalley. can't wait to get to it! :) I love gruesome, too, so the fact that this book is VERY gruesome makes me want to get to it right now...

    Ashelynn @ Gypsy Book Reviews.

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  7. Ah I loved this one too - creepiness to the max! And the unique ideas about the vampires were really good.

    I didn't connect with Gene emotionally either, but had to admire how he changed himself completely in order to save his own life!

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  8. Sounds exciting! I've been dying to read this one. Gene sounds kick butt and I love that is father taught him to survive. I'm really curious about the monsters/vampires and how he pretends to be one?! Crazy stuff!

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  9. I'm really excited to read this one. I've heard good and bad things about it but the premise has so much promise!

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  10. i loved this one
    and the gruesome monsters
    rad review

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  11. Well, I was excited for this one, then I saw you loved it. Bahaha. No seriously I love the disturbing stuff and it sounds so addicting from what I see in reviews. I can't wait to get to it!!

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  12. I'm really glad you enjoyed this one! :D It wasn't really my kind of book, but I think the premise is fantastic, and I can definitely see how others would adore it. I'm still very interested to see where the next one goes after that ending.

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  13. So, my brother's name is Gene. I've NEVER seen a book character named Gene. And my brother likes zombies. I'm guessing he'd like this since you said it's creeptastic. I'll definitely be getting this for him, though I might skip it for myself because I don't do scary.

    Great review!

    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

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  14. Woah this sounds great! This book has been on my to-read list for a while, but woah! this sounds great!

    Love your review!

    mo

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  15. You had me at "creeptastic"! Definitely going on my to-read list. :)

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  16. You know, this wasn't a book that I was super excited for, but I found a copy in my mailbox and I have to say, after reading your review, I'm DEFINITELY looking forward to reading it! Hopefully, I'll enjoy it as much as you did!

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  18. I'm in the middle of this one now...and it definitely has my attention! I concur about not "feeling" Gene but he is still a great Protagonist!

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  19. Ohh this sounds excellent. Creeptastic, terrifying and gruesome!! I need to read this now!! Thanks for the great review chick!!

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