Provided via NetGalley - Publisher: St. Martin's Press- Release Date: 5/8/12
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?
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Born in Manhattan and raised in Hong Kong, Andrew Fukuda is half-Chinese, half-Japanese. After earning a bachelor's degree in history from Cornell University, Fukuda worked in Manhattan's Chinatown with the immigrant teen community.
That experience led to the writing of Crossing, his debut novel that was selected by ALA Booklist as an Editor's Choice, Top Ten First Novel, and Top Ten Crime Novel in 2010. His second novel, The Hunt, the first in a new series, was bought at auction by St. Martin's Press and was published in May 2012.
Before becoming a full time writer, Fukuda was a criminal prosecutor for seven years. He currently resides on Long Island, New York, with his family.
“I remember the Hunt from ten years ago. How for months afterward I didn’t dare fall asleep because of the nightmares that would invade my mind: hideous images of an imagines Hunt, wet and violent and full of blood. Horrific cries of fear and panic, the sound of flesh ripped and bones crushed puncturing the night stillness.”
Our hero, Gene, is living a double life. By night, he has to remember to control his emotions and his sweat glands. No more laughing or crying, fast swimming or slow running. By day, he either sleeps of roams the world while others sleep. Gene is the worst thing he can be in this world, human. He is surrounded by vampire-like beings and his very survival depends on his ability to blend in and not call attention to himself in any way.
Well, you know he's not going to get away with it, friend. (How fun would that be?) Apparently, these new vampire-like beings are a big bunch of gluttons with little to zero self-control because they are almost out of humans to eat. Enter the Heper Hunt. The president has been breeding humans for the sole purpose of allowing them to be hunted by a select group who have been chosen by lottery. Gene is chosen the be a hunter (his secret is safe for now) and the real hunt is on. He now finds himself thrust into a world of hunters and humans while desperately trying to maintain his cover.
Gene meets a girl or two, natch, and although there is a little smidge of a love story (most notably strange elbow to armpit relations), it is not the central focus of the plot. Mainly, it's all about the constant tension and pressure Gene is trying to live through. You try not to sweat right beside him as every turn and twist brings him closer to being outed and eaten.
The Hunt is the kind of book that grabs you by the collar and never lets go. The fast pace kept me turning the pages and I couldn't wait to see how this was all going to turn out for our hero. Some of the choices were odd, but not enough to keep me from highly recommending The Hunt. Fukuda has created a bloody, unique and terrifying world where the humans have lost the war and their future is on the line.