Series: The Hunt #1
Release Date: 10th May 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Synopsis: 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.
Review: The Hunt is an interesting book and a brilliant new take on Vampires. This book has a lot of detail and background information. The world is very well fleshed out but still there were times when I was slightly confused. There may have been too much unneeded detail where it could have been used instead to make the reader understand more. Nevertheless The Hunt is a quick and enjoyable read, that makes your pulse race. These Vampires are very unique. They are interesting but at the same time scary. For once we have a YA book where Vampires are scary and not to be messed with. They do not sparkle and they most definitely can't go out in the sun. I Think this book would probably appeal to boys more than girls but believe me girls can enjoy it too!
The Hunt follows Gene a human, living amongst vampires. He has spent years trying to blend in and not draw attention to himself, that is until a Heper Hunt is announced and his numbers are picked. Thrust into the spotlight, he is given special treatment and shipped off to the Heper institute where he learns more about the Hunt. Gene already has a plan to keep him out of the hunt so no one suspects him. But here he doesn't have the supplies needed to act Vampire. His scent is getting stronger and making the Vampires mad. It's won't be too long until someone suspects him. At the institute Gene learns more about the Hepers and how they aren't savage, they are the same as him. He also see's the effect blood lust can have on the fellow hunters. He knows his time is running out but he's too closely guarded to get away. The longer he leaves it, the sooner he will be discovered. That will only end badly.
Gene is a character who is constantly worried about blending in. If he doesn't well he wouldn't even last a few seconds. His whole life has been sent blending in and after the disappearance of his father he's been forced to grow up alone and learn how to survive. Gene was strong and kept his wits about him, he was always hesitant and tried to keep in the shadow. His mind was always working searching for escape routes, the slightest mistake could lead to his end. The other main character was Ashley June, she too has her secrets. She's a popular vampire who has it all, or so it seems. I thought she was rather stuck up and plastic but nearer the end we get to know her better. It was interesting watching her character develop. Gene on the other hand didn't really develop throughout the book, he pretty much remained the same which was a shame. I would have liked to have seen his character grow.
The thing I really loved about this book was the Vampires. They couldn't go out into the sun and were always blood thirsty. The whole world was ruled by them, each heper was devoured on sight. These vampires had a weird thing where they scratch their wrists when they are eager or anxious etc. They drool a lot too when they are excited. It was really interesting seeing the bloodthirsty monster come out again. The world was really interesting but I think a few things could have been explained better.
The Hunt was an interesting read and a new twist on Vampires but there could have been a few tweaks along the way. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable read that I think many teen boys will enjoy. It's not a hard read but there is a lot of detail, that could be a bit confusing. Overall the Hunt was a good book but with a few improvements it could have been even better.