The Hunt- Andrew Fukuda
In a futuristic dystopia, where vampires (the murderous, non-sparkly kind!) have completely taken over and replaced the human race, 17 year old Gene is trying to blend in. Simply staying alive is a constant struggle, and if the vamps were to find out that he is human, he would be devoured in seconds.
But every decade, a hunt is to take place. A random selection of vampires are to be taken to the heper (their word for human) institute, where they will learn to hunt down the last remaining hepers. When Gene is chosen to compete, he is at a loss of what to do. But there is one thing he does know: Do not fall in love withe one of them.
I found this book very entertaining, if not a little strange. But who doesn't love an original idea?
The protagonist, Gene, was like-able enough. It would have been nice if he wasn't so detached from other characters. I never really liked the main love-interest, Ashley-June. She appeared quite arrogant and conceited. Darn, I really wish I could tell you who I do like, but it is a big spoiler!
What really made the book funny and interesting for me was the unique and comical mannerisms that the Vampires possess. What I find annoying in the masses of other YA Vampire novels is that they portray vampires as the same species as humans, except their lust for blood and their amplified skills. Andrew Fukuda went the extra step ahead and made the Vampires an actual different species than humans! For example, instead of laughing, they just scratch their wrists! Its fun to imagine it; Picture your friend telling a joke, and instead of giggling, your friends just scratch their wrists with straight faces! Wow, it just cracks me up every time. They even drool (like, non-stop, leaky faucet type drool) when they get excited! Do you even want to know the down-right freaky things that they do to substitute for kissing?
I know that I gave this book a pretty low ranking, but that is primarily because of Gene's detachment from other characters, and my general dislike for the female protagonist, Ashley-June. But I can tell you this, its not a boring, simple read. No, you actually have to give this book your full attention, and it will have you at the end of your seats! This book is extremely suspenseful, and since he could be exposed as a human at any moment, it means that you can never quite relax. You will be turning pages like a storm!
I actually do encourage you to read this book, and despite my criticisms, I guarantee that you wont be disappointed.
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