In a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction, seventeen-year-old Gene has only managed to survive by painstakingly concealing his true species. If the bloodthirsty creatures surrounding him knew what he really was—a human—he would be devoured swiftly and terribly. When Gene is chosen to participate in the government-sponsored hunt for the last remaining humans, it thrusts him into the fight of his life—and into the path of a human girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible. Now, he must learn the art of the hunt and elude his fellow hunters whose suspicions about his true human nature are growing. But most importantly, Gene and the girl he loves must find a way to forge a life together in a brutal world that’s bent on their destruction.
With his propulsive plot and highly developed characters, readers will find it impossible to resist the vivid world Andrew Fukuda has created in this stunning standout debut. Readers craving a book that grips and mesmerizes them like The Hunger Games will love The Hunt.
This was a wonderfully intense read. The book was every bit thrilling as mysterious. This was like Hunger Games meets Stephen King, all mixed into something I've never come across before.
In this book, there is a boy who has to confine to the ways of the bloodthirsty animals surrounding him. These "animals" are in the shape of humans, talk like humans, but that's almost where the similarities end. Their social and cultural customs kind of shocked me at first because I've never read anything like it before. For example, whenever these creatures find something funny, they scratch their wrists instead of laughing. They don't show facial expressions at all. So, if someone starts cracking up, they'll go at their wrists like mosquitoes attacked them. If they want to clap, or applaud something? they crack their necks. Can you say, "ouch?"
Gene has spent his entire life blending in with these beings, that it sometimes feels as if he forgets that he is, in fact, human. Making humanity a HUGE theme in this book. Then, there's the romance. At first, it's just a kind of longing, desirous thing. Then, there's this one scene where the romance breaks down, and there is this kind of lovely desperation between the two. The desperation that misted over the two was so all consuming, it took my breath away. But the romance building doesn't over power the plot, but it isn't minuscule either.
The book was daring to say the least. Throughout the entire thing there is a human boy that doesn't have a firm grasp on the feel or meaning of humanity yet, and it is amazing to experience. I am so glad I had the honor of reading this. If you have read Hunger Games or Divergent by Veronica Roth, I highly recommend this story.