Author: Andrew Fukuda
Published: January 9th 2013
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Dystopia,
Series: The Hunt #2
For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast... and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.
This is a short review of the second book in the Hunt series by Andrew Fukuda. Check out my review of the first novel in the series here
When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other... if they can only stay alive.- Goodreads
It's very rare for me to read two novels in a series in such quick succession, but that's what happened to me with this series. I really really loved the first novel, and went out and bought this one immediately!
Although I gave this novel 5/5 too I felt a little disappointed, as a sequel, it wasn't as amazing as I wanted it to be. This one lacked a lot of action throughout, and for a novel about vampires, it was also lacking a lot of vampire action for the most part.
However, Fukuda still manages to write a scary and nerve jangling book, this time in the form of a creepy village housing other humans like Gene and the hepers. Everything about this town was creepy, from the lack of males to the middle aged leaders, to the girls with their perpetual forced happiness. I also enjoyed the mystery that surrounded the town. Being told certain situations ( I won't go into details because spoilers!) and then being completely unsure if they were true or not, was so frustrating.
In terms of the characters, I thought Gene was still a good character, we got to learn more about his father and his life, and he proved himself to be a capable leader, even if his decisions were rash at times. I didn't particularly like Sissy (apart from her hilarious name!) she seemed very one dimensional, after all the time Fukuda spent fleshing out Ashley June in The Hunt, it seemed strange that she was so underdeveloped. The relationship between Gene and her was weird, it seemed based only on the fact that Fukuda needed them to be together for a plot reveal later. The other characters in the group were similarly underdeveloped and I did have trouble remembering exactly who was who.
All this being said, it was still an epic novel, it was tense and dark, and revealed a lot of nice plot twists which set up the third book nicely. I would definitely recommend checking out this series if you haven't, its pretty awesome!!