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The Hunt (The Hunt #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,838 Ratings  ·  1,633 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
Hardcover, 1st US Edition, 293 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Steve Shea Actually, having finished the trilogy, I think it was simply a hole in the plot, but there are enough of them that the holes become part of the fabric…moreActually, having finished the trilogy, I think it was simply a hole in the plot, but there are enough of them that the holes become part of the fabric itself. (less)
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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
Jun 22, 2012 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
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
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
Natalie Monroe
"He's testing me. Sizing me up."

Funny. That's what I was going to say about The Hunt.

I don't think I've ever encountered a book that felt like such a waste of space as this one. It's mindless, meaningless stuffing.

And you know what? I was enjoying it in the beginning. The writing was decent; the main character was male, a welcome change in the usual sea of female protagonists; and the concept was relatively creative: a human living among vampires as one of them. I tore through the first 18% l
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
Khanh (the Grinch)
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
Apr 04, 2016 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book, I knew its theme was vampire-creatures. What I liked the most of it was that the main character was not among them;he was a human being disguised as one of them. I wasn't expecting the plot to be anything like it. I enjoyed it and going for the second one right away.
May 16, 2012 Mitch rated it really liked it
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
Cait Grace
Nov 19, 2015 Cait Grace rated it did not like it
Basically this is "what if The Hunger Games was written about vampires". Which, the answer to that question is: please no.


I did not finish this book. I read 100-pages (actually I listened on audio) and I just hated it and I didn't even want to turn the audio back on. I felt like I was wasting a) time, b) braincells, and c) my intelligence was totally dropping.

The writing was WEIRD. Like reusing the same words in the same sentences. Like repeating over and over and over and OVER again the
May 08, 2012 Braiden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan (Book Brats)
Oct 19, 2012 Megan (Book Brats) rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2012 Hayden rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 14, 2015 Kristy rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
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
Feb 15, 2012 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
May 29, 2012 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 17, 2012 Danny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: imm-march
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 i
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
Jul 29, 2012 Addie rated it did not like it
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
Mar 03, 2012 Devyani rated it liked it
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
Mar 03, 2012 Isamlq rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley

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
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Apr 15, 2012 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 06, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
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
Apr 07, 2012 Claire rated it it was ok
Shelves: rev, ya, speculative
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
Nov 09, 2013 Andrie rated it really liked it
"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
Rebecca McNutt
The Hunt surprised me; usually I'm really not a big fan of vampire books, but this one doesn't focus much on vampires. Instead it focuses on a question: would you kill your own to protect yourself, or would you risk everything to help humanity?
Oct 14, 2014 Nikoleta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πόσο εύκολο είναι να επιβιώσεις σένα κόσμο που θεωρείσαι εξαιρετική λιχουδιά; Είσαι κατά πάσα πιθανότητα ο τελευταίος του είδους σου! Οι γύρω σου θεωρούν ότι διαθέτεις ικανότητες που δεν κατέχεις , που δεν κατείχες ποτέ και σα να μην έφταναν αυτά να πρέπει να ελέγχεις σωματικές λειτουργίες που είναι σχεδόν αδύνατο να καταπιεστούν. Ο Τζίν όχι μόνο θα κληθεί να απαντήσει σε όλα αυτά αλλά θα αναγκαστεί να παραστήσει και τον ανελέητο κυνηγό των τελευταίων ανθρώπινων πλασμάτων που υπάρχουν στον παράξ ...more
May 27, 2012 Ferdy rated it it was ok
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
May 08, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
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
Zuzana Malá
Oct 09, 2014 Zuzana Malá rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
Bylo to napínavé, akční, krvavé, nechutné.. Možná jsem toho čekala víc, ale i tak to bylo dobré čtení! Závěr knihy byl super. Rozhodně se těším na pokračování. :)
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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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