The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
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?
This title has been all over Goodreads recently and it has received some very great reviews. Needless to say, I was excited to receive the audiobook version!
Upon first listening, it took me a while to get use to the voice of the narrator. I could not exactly pin point what it was until I was pretty far in….. He sounds like he is actually wearing fangs! His s’s slur and it really sounds like he has a set of teeth in his mouth. Now, I am not sure if this was on purpose or accident, but…I liked it:)
This was a different take on your typical vampires. Sure, they could not go out in the sun, but, they were the common folk in town. The town was run by vampires and they were considered the humans. The humans, however were called heapers and they were looked at like savage, stupid animals. Gene is a heaper and he was raised by his father to live among the vampires. His father taught him everything he needed to know to survive among them and not get killed.
The whole story revolves around the heaper hunt and this part reminded me a lot of HG. The hunters are picked from a lottery and whisked off to the capital to begin their training. The trouble just begins there.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story. The only problem that I had was that all of the action seemed to come at the end. There was so much back story that it took up 3/4 of the book.
Even though the book seemed to drag on, I really am looking forward to the next book. What a cliffhanger ending!!!!