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The Hunt

(The Hunt #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  12,371 ratings  ·  1,826 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 w
Hardcover, 1st US Edition, 293 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Rogerio I had the same question, multiple times (like in the library where they found Gene out) and I think it is a failure of storytelling. The author put hi…moreI had the same question, multiple times (like in the library where they found Gene out) and I think it is a failure of storytelling. The author put himself on a difficult situation that is quite difficult to get out and just opts to not explain much. For the sake of the readers, the writer should have explained a bit more - assuming he knew the reasons and not just winged his way out of the dilemma. That would help with the credibility. I found this happens a lot in movies too when the camera goes in slow motion (and you know already that an impossible stunt will follow :)(less)
Rogerio My opinion: 12-13 and up. Like in all vampire stories there is often gore (blood related) and in this book there is a lot; there is also so much suspe…moreMy opinion: 12-13 and up. Like in all vampire stories there is often gore (blood related) and in this book there is a lot; there is also so much suspense and tension that it won't sit well with younger-than-12 readers. The tension and the sense of danger are so naked and the descriptions verge on being horror-like. I suspect younger readers might not even enjoy it. The characters are around 17 years of age.
In our library it is in the teenager fiction session, i.e., kids under 12 won't be able to take it out on their membership card - that is also telling of the age indication.

Killing: yes
Gore: yes
Smoke, drugs: no
drinking: yes
Violence: yes
Sex: no (erotic moments, allusions to: Yes)
Kissing: yes
Values: yes
Positive messages: yes

I hope it helps.(less)

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Jun 20, 2012 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
Steph Sinclair
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those looking for something similar to The Immortal Rules

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 human
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebook
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%
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, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Jan 02, 2014 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. ...more
May 08, 2012 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
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Imagine living in a world where everyone is vampiric. And you are not. Where everyone except the lucky you is horribly different.
Where you survive by mimicry and luck and skill to pretent to be something you are not and hope never to be.
Where you are alone. And getting close with anyone would be suicidal.
Where you are considered a craved delicacy.
Where children in kindergarten routinely take naps. Think it easy-peasy? Try doing that on a ceiling. Still easy?
Where you can't squint, laugh (re
Jan 01, 2012 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
Dec 19, 2011 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
Mar 10, 2012 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
Mar 17, 2012 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
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
Feb 22, 2012 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
Mar 23, 2012 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
Midge ☠ ★ 99% poison ★ ☠
dear book: you suck
Sarah (saz101)
Chilling, creepy, visceral and exciting, Andrew Fukuda's The Hunt is many things: Dystopian, paranormal, survivalist fantasy—but mainly, it's good.

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 bl
Patricia Crowther
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* - it was weird at times but there was also something quite addictive about it too.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
2014 F.A.B. Bookclub pick # I.❤️. F.A.B.

Seriously suspenseful!
Willow Brooks
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wish I could read this series all over again. I LOVED it and it made me angry.
Feb 24, 2012 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
Feb 29, 2012 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
Feb 20, 2012 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
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, speculative, rev
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
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Vampires were a popular trend in young adult fantasy, only for dystopian tales to become the genre of choice. Recently, I’ve found a few series that have combined the two elements. I find they can be hit or miss – some combine the two really well, others not so much. With Andrew Fukuda’s The Hunt I found myself curious as to which side of the line we would fall upon.

In truth, The Hunt is more of a two-point-five-star read rather than the two-star rating I gave it. It was enjoyable enough, but I
Feb 04, 2014 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
May 22, 2012 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
Apr 27, 2012 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
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars
I originally read this book in 2012 on a night which I did not want to sleep. It wasn't because I was reading riveting books; I was staying the night at my grandma's and my OCD at the time prevented me from being comfortable sleeping in a bed not my own. So I read books all night. I read a total of three books start to finish, the other two being (Monument 14 and Embrace). The Hunt was the last of the
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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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