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Weird Doesn’t Begin to Describe it: A Review of THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda

Posted by on August 18, 2012
The Hunt (The Hunt, #1)

The Hunt
Andrew Fukuda
304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Rating: MEH

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?

   Gene is different from his peers at school. He doesn’t have their blazing speed, their fear of sunlight, their fangs, their claws, and most importantly he doesn’t have their unquenchable thirst for blood. Gene is human and everyday of his existence is a fight to keep his identity a secret or risk being devoured by his own friends. When he is chosen in a so called once in a life opportunity to hunt the very last humans off the planet, he is thrust into the fight of his life.

   When I read the synopsis for this book I was like ‘Okay, I’ve got nothing else to read, so why not?’ So I picked it up thinking it might actually be pretty good – until I figured out it’s another take on vampires. And that brought everything down. The whole plot is so weird I don’t know what to think of it. Some parts were really good and others were really weird. The characters however, were completely amazing. No matter how ridiculous the rest of the book might have seemed at times, the depth and personality of the human characters managed to prevail.

   I like my books with full-on action. In The Hunt, the action never really started until the very end. Almost three quarters of the book was spent with the main character doing virtually nothing. But for some reason I couldn’t stop reading even with all its faults. And that’s why I truly don’t know what exactly to think of it. But the two things that I know I really did like was the characters and the ending. But apart from that I’m totally confused so I’ll leave it up to to some one else with more bookish knowledge than me to choose its rating. So for right now the rating on the book is ?.

This review was written by my 13 year old brother, Calidude.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about the weird factor. Even with the mixed review I'm wondering how weird it is & if it's a good weird or a bad weird. It definitely sounds different though & I do like the cover.

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