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The Hunt (The Hunt #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  7,284 ratings  ·  1,372 reviews
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 wa...more
Hardcover, 1st US Edition, 293 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Steph Sinclair

If there is anything good coming from the newer crops of dystopian fiction these days it's one thing: Evil, ravenous vampires are back. With books like The Immortal Rules and now The Hunt, YA thiller fans are sure to be pleased by this turn of events. I know I am. Unfortunately, The Hunt failed to WOW me on that factor alone.

In a nutshell, The Hunt is like an inverted Immortal Rules with a Hunger Games-esque twist. Instead of our young, male protagonist, Gene, being the only vampire among humans...more
so this book is kind of fun, but full of problematic holes and "huh's?"


vampires rule the day here. nearly everyone has become a vampire, and the humans who remain must camouflage their human characteristics to be able to survive and blend in. all the concessions are made to vampire-life: school is held at night, lighting is kept low, and meat is served very very rare. and remaining "hepers" or "humans" are periodically released into an arena for vampires to hunt and eat, in a morale-bo...more
Definitely creative, but awfully bizarre to the point of being cheesy, The Hunt is perfect if you're looking for a mindless read with an interesting concept. However, if you sit for a minute and think about it, this whole plot has no justification. Why? Because there's absolutely nothing that makes me root for the humans. Why stay human? Why not simply become a vampire, and live your life amongst everyone else, free of burden. Sure you crave blood and you can't go out in the sunlight, but how do...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
I'm struggling as to whether I should give this a 2.5 or a 3.
I know. What a horrible rating for a book I'm sure you expected a lot more from.
It started off decent enough. The middle was quite shaky. But the last 50 pages or so just went more and more downhill.

When you get down to it (to be blunt). It's a case of one dimensional characters and not that much of a well-written book. It was entertaining at points. But something would always pop up that would let me down. World building wasn't on po...more
The Hunt's one of those books with a rather straightforward plot on the surface but a massive conspiracy underneath, tossing out hints as easily as setting up the action, all leading up to a cliffhanger ending that just teases at the bottom of the mystery. I really wanted to rate it higher too but I'm annoyed because I got the contours of the conspiracy down, but I just can't seem to see the full picture, figure it out before the sequel gives it all away (or at least more pieces of the puzzle)....more
Megan (Book Brats)
I am a big fan of all things strange and creepy. After reading some initial reviews about Andrew Fukuda’s sophomore offering, I knew I had to get my hands on it. And let’s just say that this book really did not disappoint on the strange.

THE HUNT follows Gene, a human boy masquerading as a…vampire-like creature I guess you could say in the future. He is meticulous about keeping up appearances, until one day he is selected to participate in a “Heper Hunt” – a government-organized hunt for humans f...more
Sarah (saz101)
Chilling, creepy, visceral and exciting, Andrew Fukuda's The Hunt is many things: Dystopian, paranormal, survivalist fantasy—but mainly, it'sgood.

The Story:
In a world where 'people' are not at all like you and I lives a 17 year old boy named Gene. Gene is many things: A survivor, an expert at deception, but most of all a freak. Instead of fangs, he has unsharpened incisors. While the sun makes 'people' melt and disintegrate, Gene can withstand ceaseless daylight. Instead of a healthy diet of blo...more
4.5 stars.

If you’re not scratching your wrists or frothing from the mouth when you finish the book, if not halfway through, then there’s something wrong with you. Period. There’s no zombies. There’s no vampires. Just humans – hepers: vulnerable, near extinct, scared… civil. And the infested population that hunts them, kills them, feeds on them/cannibalises… and studies them. They’re strange and unhuman, like nothing you have ever seen or read. They perish in sunlight – who cares? At least there...more
Rating 2.5

This is another book that started out wonderfully creepy and ended up not following through with its promise.

Gene is a heper aka human. He lives among vampires and they are the not so nice ones. The first few pages describe what happened when a kindergartner walks into a classroom accidentally during nap time and yeah it is very VERY icky and terrifying. These vampires are so different than any ones I have ever read before. For instance instead of laughing they scratch their wrists and...more
While I have to admit, the whole wrist scratching, ear-hugging and elbow kissing was both humorous and straight strange, I have to say that I still ended up really enjoying The Hunt. It's a very different take on vampire lore and lets face it, that's really saying something when it comes to this genre. I liked it's originality, the eerie setting, graphic-paint-a-horrific-picture wring style and the humans that standout in a world I would not want to live in.
Fresh and Intriguing from start to fin...more
Hayden Casey
There was only one word on my mind when I closed the back cover of The Hunt: wow!

The gobsmacking cover drew me in, and Fukuda's carefully chosen words kept me held close. Fukuda really knows how to make a book page-turning. Every word Fukuda writes is important and engrossing; not once is there an infodump, which makes for an action-packed and gripping read. I read this book in three hours bcause it was just so tense and wonderful.

The concept of The Hunt is intriguing: humans have been replaced...more
Wow, this was such an interesting idea. Such a cool concept. Let me give you an inside look:

So in this world, humans or hepers are the minority. They are basically extinct. The world consists of these vampire-ish creatures.They are not your typical Vampire diaries/Twilight vamps. They are not romantic. In order for you, as a human to survive as our main character Gene does, you must blend in. You must look and smell like a vampire. This means, shaving all your hair, never showing an emotion on y...more
Review first posted at Bewitched Bookworms

Let me preface by telling you that I started this book with no real expectations. The synopsis sounded intriguing enough, the cover looks great and I thought I was up for a great read. I had no idea what I was getting into and I ended up having one of the most amazing and thrilling rides with this book… Be aware! It’s getting… Dark!

Hello Cruel and Horrible World (..of which I do not wish to be part of … )
*shivers* Humans are nearly extinct. Our world is...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
I’m honestly not sure where to start with this review, because The Hunt was one of those books that once I started, I couldn't stop reading, but overall I really didn’t enjoy it. While the book is suppose to be on par with The Hunger Games, I would have to disagree. The storyline does have similar traits but the only thing I felt the author did the same, was create the same back story without that wow factor The Hunger Games leaves you with.

Fukuda has definitely created something very unique wi...more
If I’m already hating the main character by page 4, there’s obviously a problem. I honestly can’t believe how many 4 and 5 star reviews this book has gotten. Really, guys? Really?

I’m honestly not sure what to say about this book. Writing negative reviews is always difficult. Effusing about something you loved? Easy like Sunday morning. Slamming a debut author’s laborious efforts of creation? It hurts my soul a little.

I’ll start off with things I liked about The Hunt. Fukuda makes an attempt to...more

The vampires are very bad in this one. Yes, there could have been more detail about who/what/how, but what was there had me interested, just not necessarily scared. Think armpits. Think elbows. Think drool. Yes, the hanging from the ceiling and being faster/stronger than normal bits were creepy; yes, the blood lust and uncontrollable urge to rip through flesh brought back scary vamps, but... armpits, people!

And the start of the book showed so much promise too. Gene, going in detail as to w...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
The Hunt isn't your gorgeous, sparkling vampires. Andrew Fukuda has definitely given us a vampire version hunger game with these blood-sucking, flesh-eating vampires. The Hunt is eerie, weird (good weird) and one of the creepiest novels I have ever read. Fukuda has created an unusually weird way of kissing and laughing when it comes to these vampires, it definitely freaks me out. The Hunt is an awesome novel and Fukuda has packed it to the max with action, and I love action. Gene is another reas...more
imagine a world with Vampires as it's general population , with hepers (humans) almost extinct , fangs , blood and meat , where sunlight burns you , high school at midnight and.......... cliques called The Desirables . (Yep the very vampire version of Mean Girls .)

seriously .

here we have seventeen year old Gene . He's a pretty boy . swims and is quite athletic . has girls literally fawning over him and is pretty einstein when it comes to academics . the only problem ---

He's a heper (human) among...more
Ok, I give this book credit for its interesting premise -- humans extinct/turned into farm commodities, vampire society ascendant, remaining humans attempting to pass in vampire society -- and the degree to which the vampires are alien, complete with odd physical tics and social norms. However, and maybe I'm overthinking things, but it's hard not to be pulled out of the book world by a few logistical issues, such as,

1. If vampires' main erogenous organs are their elbows and armpits, how do they...more
Plot- 9/10
Characters- 8.5/10
Writing- 8/10
World Building- 8.5/10

TOTAL- 8.6/10

Quickie Review- After the drama and chaos that was the Heroes of Olympus series, I needed to take a break from reading. And I did. For two whole days. But I was getting restless and itching for more books, so I took a couple of my friends' suggestions and picked up The Hunt, which has been sitting in my shelf for a while. I realize now that this wasn't the kind of book that I was looking to read in that moment. After rea...more
The Hunt introduces us to Gene, a seventeen year old human boy living in a world where humans have been hunted to the brink of extinction and vampires rule everyday society. Gene believes that he may very well be one of the last remaining humans. Gene lives in fear of slipping up so everyday he takes steps his father taught him before he disappeared to ensure that he’s not exposed as a human. The vampires believe that humans died ten years ago in the last Hunt. This changes when the Ruler of the...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
More questions than answers.

So the concept is that Gene is a human living in a world taken over by these creatures...I'm not sure if they're vampires or some other monsters, but they act somewhat like vampires. They sleep hanging upside down (how the hell do the hidden humans fake that? That's never entirely explained), they eat flesh, not just drink blood, they don't have body hair, they don't show emotions except to scratch the inside of their wrist when they find something amusing, they don't...more
Andrew Fukuda’s intense, violent, and captivating story in The Hunt, takes the reader into a world where humans are extinct and only rapacious vampires exist. Without human blood, vampires are not exactly content with their current living (or unliving) condition. Andrew then puts you in the shoes of Gene, a survivor in this vampire infested world. He’s able to blend in with the vampires by making sure he doesn’t sweat or smell like a human (referred to as a heper by the vampires) and ensures his...more
"Το Κυνήγι" γενικά μου άρεσε και μπορώ να πω ότι διασκέδασα αν και θεωρώ ότι ο συγγραφέας έχει σπαταλήσει αρκετό χρόνο στην περιγραφή των προ του κυνηγιού ημερών, όπως επίσης έχω και μια αντίρρηση στη φράση "μην ξεχάσεις ποτέ ποιος είσαι", η οποία δεν δικαιολογείται, κατ' εμένα, μέσα από τις πράξεις του πρωταγωνιστή. Αντιθέτως, πολλές φορές ενώ διάβαζα το βιβλίο ήμουν με μια ερώτηση στο στόμα: γιατί να μην επιχειρήσει και ο πρωταγωνιστής να γίνει βαμπίρ για να ζήσει "φυσιολογικά" όπως όλοι οι άλ...more
The Hunt. I've had heard many things about this book. Once I checked the blurb out, and found out that it's kind of a dystopian-ish and vampire book combined into one. I KNEW I HAD TO READ IT! Who wouldn't find such a story interesting?

This book is Gene's story. It is narrated in first person point of view. Andrew Fukuda was able to bring a new genre into literature. I'd like to call it "dyspire" (dystopia/vampire). I might not be the most creative person to come up with such things, but at leas...more
What if the world isn’t dominated by humans?

I guess that’s the initial question the author asked himself before writing this intense and gripping novel. In almost all paranormal books humans are the common species and then there are other being around, knowingly or not. Very often these “others” have to hide from humans or at least blend in. The world created by Andrew Fukuda in Hunt differs tremendously from these common settings as the vampires rule society and human beings are all but extinct...more
Chapter by Chapter
The Hunt had captured my attention from the first page to the very last sentence. A human who has to pretend to be a vampire in a world run by vampires? Love that! This book keep me on my toes, kept my eyes glued to the pages, had my heart beating wildly at various parts, and had me squealing with anticipation. I had to put the book down a few times just to collect my thoughts!

In The Hunt, we follow the life of Gene, a human teenager who has had to train himself to look, act, and be a vampire fo...more
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The guy in the cover is similar to how I imagine Gene looks like. The background is really creepy and reflects the concept of 'The Hunt' in the book! I also like the eye-catching red colour of the title's font.


When the sun goes down. Start running.

I am definitely surprised at how much I actually enjoyed reading this book. The summary of the book did not quite interest me but I know some people enjoyed it and thought...more
Andrew Fukuda has created a chilling, violent world in The Hunt, where vampire like creatures are the norm and humans are on the verge of extinction. I really enjoyed The Hunt. The protagonist Gene is a human male living alongside these creatures and pretending to be one of them. He is constantly on his guard because if he slips he'll die. He has lived the last few years alone after his fathers death. He is so immersed in this persona he puts on that he almost doesn't seem human. He often refers...more
wow, this one sucked me in. I really enjoyed the idea behind it - the whole plot. I also really liked the main character.

but with a huge plot hole that I'm frustrated about....I just can't rate it higher than 3
but I do plan to read more in this series! I hope they eventually give an explanation and I am able to raise my rating. I really did like it! Action packed and even gruesome in a few spots!
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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 i...more
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“I remember the Hunt from ten years ago. How for months afterward I didn’t dare fall asleep because of the nightmares that would invade my mind: hideous images of an imagines Hunt, wet and violent and full of blood. Horrific cries of fear and panic, the sound of flesh ripped and bones crushed puncturing the night stillness.” 16 likes
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