The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda {Teen Review}

Title: The Hunt
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press on May 8th 2012
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Source: Purchased
Series: The Hunt | The Prey | The Trap
3 Stars

Summary

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?

My (son’s) thoughts

My 15 year old gave me his (slightly rambly) thoughts on The Hunt. I’ve cleaned it up a bit, but the opinions and thoughts below are all his:

Gene is a human living in a world taken over by vampire. Gene and his father learned a lot of vampire behaviors so they could blend in; if they were discovered to be human, they would be eaten immediately.

When Gene was younger, he was sick and when his father went out to find medicine, he was killed. Though Gene feels guilty, he knows his father would want him to continue on and live.

I like the characters, they were well thought out. My favorite character was Gene; he had to go through so much every day just to survive. He had to remember so many small details, and he would die if he did any of them wrong. He had to remain vigilant and always aware.

The dialogue was pretty good, though slightly confusing with all the new lingo. There was a good amount of cussing and just the right amount of romance. I liked that he had a crush on a girl, but wasn’t able to show her any affection at all. The vampire sex was kind of weird. [ed: I could have asked him to elaborate on this point, but I felt it unwise to open that can of worms.] There was a bit of humor, but it was mostly a dark and serious book. Any more humor would have been out of place in this survival story.

The Hunt was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. There was a lot of action, secrets and betrayal. I would recommend it to fans of mystery, paranormal and sci-fi.

The sum up

I liked this new take on vampires and look forward to the next one in the series.

About the author


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 will be 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.

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A Teen’s Review: Every Day by David Levithan

every dayTitle: Every Day
Author: David Levithan
Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: His mom!

Summary

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

My (son’s) thoughts

After I finished Every Day and sighed my contented sigh, I handed it to my 14 year old son and told him he had to read it. He did and loved it, so I asked him to share his thoughts. I’ve polished up the wording and sentence structure, but these thoughts are all his:

MAY CONTAIN SLIGHT SPOILERS

I thought this was a unique and well written story. It was sweet, what A was willing to do for Rhiannon.

A was my favorite character because he tried so hard to get the girl. If I were in the same situation (a new life every day), I wouldn’t be as well-adjusted as A, I would be antisocial and unhappy. I would be too afraid to make a mistake in another person’s body and I wouldn’t be able to adapt quickly, like A did.

Rhiannon was nice, but I didn’t like how stand-offish she was to A, after she first learned the truth. She eventually warmed up to him, which I liked.

I liked the extra plot about the body who remembered being possessed, it was interesting. The man only wanted answers about what had happened to him. View Spoiler »

The book left a lot of questions, and I wish there were a sequel so we could get the answers.

The sum up

Overall, I would suggest this book to everyone, it was a very good book and I would give it 5 owls.

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