Andrew Fukuda

The Hunt

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Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.

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Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.

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?

Specifications

Series Title
The Hunt Trilogy
Publisher
St. Martin's Press
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
304
Author
Andrew Fukuda
ISBN-13
9781250005298
Publication Date
December, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.26 x 5.68 x 0.84 Inches
ISBN-10
1250005299

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Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
The Hunt was a refresh...
The Hunt was a refreshing new take on the vampire story. Normally I am not a fan of books written in the male perspective, but The Hunt was extremely well done. In fact it has one of if not my favorite male point of views. Gene is intelligent, thoughtful, and resourceful. He has had to live his entire life hiding that he is a human. One of the things I found most interesting about this is Gene sees himself differently from the humans/hepers that are in captivity. He more so identifies with the vampires. In this The Hunt presents a very complex view of how we see ourselves and will make you wonder what you would do in his situatio. Gene's female counterpart Ashley June intrigued me from the very beginning and kept it up throughout the whole book. Readers will constantly wonder is she a blood thirsty vampire or maybe she is a vamp with a heart. There is one part in the book where she describes what she wants from Gene and it was absolutely beautiful. I can't think of any book that describes what someone witha one sided love wants more. This book has so many wonderful components it is hard to describe them all. If you are someone who likes their vamps mean this is the book for you! They are superior, mean, and as blood thirsty as ever! The only negative or part of The Hunt that threw me for a loop was the "armpit" thing, but I'll let you discover that for yourself. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is a must read for 2012! If you liked the movie Daybreakers you should give this a try. ***I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I shouldve liked this...
I should've liked this book. I should've LOVED this book. The premise sounded exciting and the blurbs from authors were so promising. I should have found it exciting and unputdownable. Let me just say, it did not live up to my expectations. The last thirty pages, the climax of Gene's story, took me five days to finish. When faced with going to bed or finishing, I went to bed. When the choice was between washing dishes or finishing, I washed the dishes. Obviously, it was a struggle to finish. Though this was for a few reasons, mostly at the end it was because I didn't have respect for the main character, Gene. In the beginning he was fine because he was all about surviving by not making waves. But when he went on the hunt and met the hepers (vampire word for humans) he's an idiot. I understood why he thought and acted the way he did. It made sense. But it also made me not like him. At all. Which is why the ending drug on and on for me. I didn't like the progagonist, a sure bet that I wasn't so interested in his survival.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
The Hunt was a refresh...
The Hunt was a refreshing new take on the vampire story. Normally I am not a fan of books written in the male perspective, but The Hunt was extremely well done. In fact it has one of if not my favorite male point of views. Gene is intelligent, thoughtful, and resourceful. He has had to live his entire life hiding that he is a human. One of the things I found most interesting about this is Gene sees himself differently from the humans/hepers that are in captivity. He more so identifies with the vampires. In this The Hunt presents a very complex view of how we see ourselves and will make you wonder what you would do in his situatio. Gene's female counterpart Ashley June intrigued me from the very beginning and kept it up throughout the whole book. Readers will constantly wonder is she a blood thirsty vampire or maybe she is a vamp with a heart. There is one part in the book where she describes what she wants from Gene and it was absolutely beautiful. I can't think of any book that describes what someone witha one sided love wants more. This book has so many wonderful components it is hard to describe them all. If you are someone who likes their vamps mean this is the book for you! They are superior, mean, and as blood thirsty as ever! The only negative or part of The Hunt that threw me for a loop was the "armpit" thing, but I'll let you discover that for yourself. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is a must read for 2012! If you liked the movie Daybreakers you should give this a try. ***I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I shouldve liked this...
I should've liked this book. I should've LOVED this book. The premise sounded exciting and the blurbs from authors were so promising. I should have found it exciting and unputdownable. Let me just say, it did not live up to my expectations. The last thirty pages, the climax of Gene's story, took me five days to finish. When faced with going to bed or finishing, I went to bed. When the choice was between washing dishes or finishing, I washed the dishes. Obviously, it was a struggle to finish. Though this was for a few reasons, mostly at the end it was because I didn't have respect for the main character, Gene. In the beginning he was fine because he was all about surviving by not making waves. But when he went on the hunt and met the hepers (vampire word for humans) he's an idiot. I understood why he thought and acted the way he did. It made sense. But it also made me not like him. At all. Which is why the ending drug on and on for me. I didn't like the progagonist, a sure bet that I wasn't so interested in his survival.
The Hunt was a refreshing new take on the vampire story. Normally I am not a fan of books written in the male perspective, but The Hunt was extremely well done. In fact it has one of if not my favorite male point of views. Gene is intelligent, thoughtful, and resourceful. He has had to live his entire life hiding that he is a human. One of the things I found most interesting about this is Gene sees himself differently from the humans/hepers that are in captivity. He more so identifies with the vampires. In this The Hunt presents a very complex view of how we see ourselves and will make you wonder what you would do in his situatio. Gene's female counterpart Ashley June intrigued me from the very beginning and kept it up throughout the whole book. Readers will constantly wonder is she a blood thirsty vampire or maybe she is a vamp with a heart. There is one part in the book where she describes what she wants from Gene and it was absolutely beautiful. I can't think of any book that describes what someone witha one sided love wants more. This book has so many wonderful components it is hard to describe them all. If you are someone who likes their vamps mean this is the book for you! They are superior, mean, and as blood thirsty as ever! The only negative or part of The Hunt that threw me for a loop was the "armpit" thing, but I'll let you discover that for yourself. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is a must read for 2012! If you liked the movie Daybreakers you should give this a try. ***I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program
I should've liked this book. I should've LOVED this book. The premise sounded exciting and the blurbs from authors were so promising. I should have found it exciting and unputdownable. Let me just say, it did not live up to my expectations. The last thirty pages, the climax of Gene's story, took me five days to finish. When faced with going to bed or finishing, I went to bed. When the choice was between washing dishes or finishing, I washed the dishes. Obviously, it was a struggle to finish. Though this was for a few reasons, mostly at the end it was because I didn't have respect for the main character, Gene. In the beginning he was fine because he was all about surviving by not making waves. But when he went on the hunt and met the hepers (vampire word for humans) he's an idiot. I understood why he thought and acted the way he did. It made sense. But it also made me not like him. At all. Which is why the ending drug on and on for me. I didn't like the progagonist, a sure bet that I wasn't so interested in his survival.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

The Hunt was a refresh...

The Hunt was a refreshing new take on the vampire story. Normally I am not a fan of books written in the male perspective, but The Hunt was extremely well done. In fact it has one of if not my favorite male point of views. Gene is intelligent, thoughtful, and resourceful. He has had to live his entire life hiding that he is a human. One of the things I found most interesting about this is Gene sees himself differently from the humans/hepers that are in captivity. He more so identifies with the vampires. In this The Hunt presents a very complex view of how we see ourselves and will make you wonder what you would do in his situatio. Gene's female counterpart Ashley June intrigued me from the very beginning and kept it up throughout the whole book. Readers will constantly wonder is she a blood thirsty vampire or maybe she is a vamp with a heart. There is one part in the book where she describes what she wants from Gene and it was absolutely beautiful. I can't think of any book that describes what someone witha one sided love wants more. This book has so many wonderful components it is hard to describe them all. If you are someone who likes their vamps mean this is the book for you! They are superior, mean, and as blood thirsty as ever! The only negative or part of The Hunt that threw me for a loop was the "armpit" thing, but I'll let you discover that for yourself. The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda is a must read for 2012! If you liked the movie Daybreakers you should give this a try. ***I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Theres something not ...

There's something not right with the folks in Gene's community. While like other people, they go to school, do their homework and goof around, they also have this irksome habit of scratching their wrists, popping their necks, mating with their elbows and of course a little thing that involves eating humans. Vampires make up the vast majority of the living..er nonliving society in The Hunt. Almost all the humans have become extinct and the vampires live off animal blood and raw meat, forever squelching the blood thirst that with even the mention of a human makes them frenzy with desire. Most carry on just like normal humans would, they attend school, eat three meals a day, have jobs and go home to sleep...upside down hanging from the ceiling during the daylight hours. Needless to say, these vampires are scary, their evil and have no shred of human emotion. Not one of them would save you, date you or even care if you were a child....the objective is to eat humans and its a violent bloody death, granted while most of the humans have been eaten, one is always on the look out for a survivor. Gene, a human living among the vampires was trained by his father and knows how to blend in. His mind has been so trained to think, feel and pretend vampire actions, that he flies easily under the radar. Obviously there are some dangerous and scary close calls, but our smart, loner protagonist fools them all night in, night out. Things become a challenge however when the government decides to announce they are holding captive humans awaiting a much overdo game called The Hunt, where a special selected group of teens from the school will get to participate in hunting down the released humans and having a glorious feast. Gene along with a few others get their numbers pulled and its off to training and heper hunting. What the vampires don't know is that the vampire game masters have upped the ante and have trained the humans with weapons, good nutrition and survival skills. They don't just want a feeding frenzy, they want sport, fun and gruesome murders. Once the group gets to the training center, things really start looking bleak for our hero Gene. There is no source of water and dehydration and body odor kick in faster than he could imagine. Other vampires even though they see the Dome and know humans, aka the hepers are in it, cant stop picking up the smell of a fresh human. Crazy with lust and the frenzy that begs to take over them, they don't realize the smell is coming from their own classmate and each day that Gene doesn't find a source to clean himself brings him that much closer to discovery. The Hunt may start sooner then they all realize and how can one boy stand up to them all? This hunt, this world of the truly grotesque, the lost in all its evilness of fleshy desires, was truly a terrifying, suspenseful ride. I cringed at the disgusting parts, I got nervous at the intense parts, I was sad in the lonely parts, I was swoony during the romantic parts {minis elbow closet} and I was shocked at the ending. The pace kept me alert and while I thought I had everything figured out, things were still a surprise once surfaced. Fukuda's writing was a thrilling, nonstop ride that I couldn't set down. Compared to his debut Crossing, this author proves again that he has beautiful talent to make you love an outsider. From the suspenseful plot to the killer cliffhanger, The Hunt for sure is my favorite vampire novel this year.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Dont sweat. Dont lau...

Don't sweat. Don't laugh. Don't smile. Don't show surprise. Just don't draw any attention to yourself. These are the rules he's grown up hearing everyday of his life. He's not like the people of the world - people who sleep during the day in sleep holds on the ceiling and would, literally, eat him alive if they knew what he was. If they caught even the smallest scent of his blood. There used to be more like him, but now, he seems to be the only one left. Following his father's rules and a set of careful daily grooming rituals he's been able to avoid detection, but when the ruler calls another Heper Hunt - where the people hunt a captive, bred and raised group of those who, like him bleed, and need water to survive it's all put in danger His elaborately constructed charade is in danger of collapsing after he's chosen to be a hunter. Can he make it through this alive? The Hunt twists the usual idea of a vampire story on its head. Instead of the vampires hiding in the shadows and being the outcasts of society, their lives in danger if people ever found them out, it's other way round. There's even more of a twist in The Hunt, actually, in that the creatures we would think of as vampires - those with fangs who can't go out in daylight, drink blood are referred to as people and those who we'd think of as the people are instead the 'other,' the minority and are called hepers. (I think it's worth noting that while the general 'vampires are in charge, people are in danger - the old idea is flipped' premise might be similar to The Immortal Rules, the two stories are very different and whether you liked one, didn't or never heard of it, consider the other separately. Though, I love that they are both breathing some new life into YA vampire tales.) The main character has been working his whole life to fit in, to not stand out, not to draw attention to himself. His father hammered a set of rules into his head over and over while he was still there - what not to do (things that the 'people' don't) and what to do (Never forget who you are) and taught him things to do that would keep him looking - and smelling (or not smelling) like them. We get to see the struggles he has through routine things because of the differences in how the world is not set up - how dark it always is even inside, for instance. But, we also learn a lot about the people and how they function, what they're like through observation, casual remarks about his life. Once the hunt - and preparation for it - get started we learn more about the society and not only how things are but how they view hepers. A lot of humor comes into play here as well as some potential romance. With the plot being what it is, there's always, at least, some underlying tension - is he going to be found out, isn't he? What about now? While I absolutely enjoyed learning about the people (vampires) and the hepers (people) and how that current world seems to be, I really would have liked some more character development. Not necessarily for secondary characters (though I did, oddly, find myself feeling more sympathetic towards one of the characters I don't believe was supposed to be that sympathetic), but at least for the main few. The plot seemed to be much stronger than the characters and when the ending was coming up it was hard to connect that much with two of the characters or care. The ending was quite brilliant and left me so, so anxious to know when the second book in this series! (And with Darren Shan's vampire series ending with the last The Saga of Larten Crepsley book out - I'll have a review this week or early next - I know someone else I'm going to try to get to read The Hunt.) Rating: 9/10 Other Books You Might Enjoy: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion and Infinity (Chronicles of Nick #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon advance copy received from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers - thank you :)

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Oh, holy butter, THE H...

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.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Overall I thought this...

Overall I thought this book was quite interesting and I would recommended it to any YA or Dystopian fan. I did think that the start was kind of slow going but in the middle it definitely picked up the pace. I liked this book because it really kept me guessing. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen in the book Fukuda turned the tables on me. However, I did find that most of the characters were quite underdeveloped, which I hope will be remedied in the next books in the series. The ending was quite a cliffhanger and I am very excited to see where the story goes form here.


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