Synopsis from Goodreads:
Against all odds, 17-year-old Gene has survived in a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. The only remaining humans, or hepers as they are known, are housed in domes on the savannah and studied at the nearby Heper Institute. Every decade there is a government sponsored hunt. When Gene is selected to be one of the combatants he must learn the art of the hunt but also elude his fellow competitors whose suspicions about his true nature are growing.
The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Published May 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Australia
I have to admit, though there are some plot holes in this novel, I really enjoyed this book in general. A different and unique twist in vampires stories we read over the years, the author somehow managed to keep me gripped into the story and very entertained with the narrator. OK so first thing that drew me in was the cover, first I did view this cover in a larger one and I was creeped out with those guys at the back. And well, the main guy in the cover looks hot so I read the synops and its post-apocalyptic novel,with a human-eating people so I thought well count me in, im reading this!
Never forget who you are.
So it turned out that this human-eating people are vampires, atleast thats what Ive understood from reading this book. And the hepers- which I always read as herpes(dont know why) are humans. The world-building is quite marvelous. How did our world turned out to be so doomed like this? Not much of humans are left, and if you are a human you dont stand a chance to survive around these viscous monsters. Thats when the plot holes enters. You see, Gene have lived with the vampires pretending to be like them, complete with fake fangs and hair shaving all over, he somehow survived from getting busted. I find it very hard not to sweat. I sweat, a lot and I am a girl, how much more for a guy? You can never sweat or show any emotion infront of these vampires otherwise youll be a snack. Its just surreal, and I find it stupid for the vampires to not detect where the human scents are coming from, I just did a lot of eye rolling in here.
BUT, this was a very intense read for me. I mean I get nervous when Gene is in a very close-call situations. The fast paced, gory scenes, full packed actions are quite fascinating. The Hunt has a sinister feel but because its a first-person narrative, reading his POV is just very amusing, he had me snorting sometimes. He is the main reason why I fully enjoyed this book. Set aside the flaws, and welcome the dangers he will face and the sacrifice he will make, I think this has a potential of a good series..The romance of Gene and Ashley June came out later in the story.
The ending was a an awesome cliffhanger for me, that it added spark to my curiosity for the second book. In two words, cannot wait!
Overall, I enjoyed this book, its not one of my great reads but it surely was worth my time.