I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
I really enjoyed this book, FAR more than I expected. The story had me on the edge of my seat almost the whole time. INCREDIBLY action packed. I finished it in 3 days... and I haven't been on a road trip or anything! It took the place of television, especially the last day when I started and finished part 2. I was on the edge of my seat the last 5 hours. It was insane!
It's a great take on the vampire genre, bringing in the weird and intense differences between vampires and humans. It's got all of the elements of a great dystopian survivor story. It's very hard to explain or go on about this book without giving things away. LOTS of twists and turns! As I said, I couldn't stop listening and am planning on purchasing The Prey (book 2) when I finish writing this review.
WORD OF WARNING!
This book does have it's gross moments. The vampires salivate at the thought of humans (heepers) but they talk about how the drool runs down their chins and pools on the desks and floor. Thick blood dripping down their chins as they eat bloody raw meat drips into a bowl that fills up and they drink it at the end of the meal. There's also a couple VERY vivid descriptions about what happens to certain vampires in sunlight. I DID gag a couple times.
But all of that creates such an amazing picture of the world of the book, and I felt it added to the fear and intensity, although it grossed me out a bit.
Scary, exciting, mysterious and action packed, I don't understand why The Hunt doesn't have more of a following!
I started listening to this series simply because I love the reader Sean Runette.....only to find myself involved and intrigued by the story of Gene and Sis.....good story.....lots of action.....and good character development!!!!!!!!
Maybe. Possibly, the slower sections are easier to listen to than read?
Hunger Game - a government organized hunt/killing game. Ender's Game - Child/Young person alone and expected to outsmart a devious and pitiless enemy.
When Gene is trapped in a dark library with a bunch of blood thirsty vampires.
When Gene is thinking about his life and the audience sees his self-hatred.
In the beginning of this book I didn't think I'd like it. Regardless of faults I found, I am still eager to read the next book.
I'm a avid listener, 1000+ in my collection. Some of my favorite series includes: Charlaine Harris's Sookie S., J.K's Harry P. and K. Armstrongs Otherworld. Single books T. Clancy's Hunt for Red October and S. Meyer's The Host.
This book has kept me on edge from start to finish, the type of edge I feel while watching a close Redskins game, nail biting and all.
The actual writing itself was great! AND of course the sincerity of the characters within the prose.
The setting and the actual vampires. blood drinkers should be vicious and disturbing.
Sean is fluid but the only problem I had was sometimes the lead character seems to forget he's being hunted and he keeps talking instead of moving. I know its a good story when I"M yelling at them myself.
Something like (See vampires the way they should be and Pretty and shiny Aint it!)
Just make the lead character run! more! and stop thinking so much when its time to get going. :)
This book is very addictive. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!
When Gene learns that Ashley June is also human.
When Gene learns that Ashley June is also human.
There were funny moments that made me laugh.
Although at first glance The Hunt just seems to be another teenage dystopia novel which incorporates many elements used by other writers in the genre during the last few years, the writing is excellent and the story keeps you tethered from the beginning to end. Fukuda creates interesting characters in an interesting world that make you care about what happens and hold your attention.
His use of contrast is excellent and helps him create more than just a story. His juxtapositions offer an interesting take on what would otherwise just be another fantastic novel. The world in which his protagonist lives seems so civilized and orderly from the outside, and perhaps it is, until you introduce the right, or wrong, stimulus at which point Pavlov comes to mind. It makes you wonder what would happen to that particular society should all humans be definitively removed. What would evolution come up with then? Another stimulus? Or would true civilization of the populous take over? Would they perhaps evolve into humans given enough time? All very interesting if you think about it. Not that Fukuda lets you root for them. He reveals enough about their characters that it's clear that you would really rather not find out what evolution would do.
The "hero" of the story also offers a bit of a conundrum. He is human and we should therefore like him, but his reaction to and rejection of his own race render him despicable. Despite this you find yourself liking him and hoping that he will finally make the right choices. And then there are the other humans. Fukuda doesn't actually go into their lives and world much, but that also offers up a lot of food for thought. What would it be like to be raised in that manner? How do they view their captors? To what information were they privy?
If you like YA dystopia and fantasy and books that offer you up a little more than just a story, then give this a try. It's a good read - and not too heavy on the teenage romance which is so often soppy.
The narration was excellent.
I Loved how it wasnt your typical Vampire story, they were scary, disgusting creatures that were nolonger human, they drooled, ticked, slept upside down, could walk on all fours on the walls and ceilings like spiders and would eat you alive if you started to sweat not just suck your blood..I loved the fact that the main character made it that long living beside the creatures with so much confidence and perfection, I would have been eaten in a day..I love stories that scare me and this one and the first one did...
I just read this book called The Farm by Emily Mckay, it had creatures that were similar, disgusting and would eat you on sight, the only difference is it had humans in camps collecting blood for the creatures...
I liked when the human girl revealed herself, I guessed from the beginning she was one, and that was right after she convinced the creature boy to wear the sunscreen and run out in the sun and try and eat the humans being farmed, she knew he wouldnt make it and we'll he didnt get that far, that was soo gross and kinda funny...Also when the humans escaped and were running down the river and they were being chased but did see how many were really chasing them until the lightning struck and blinded them for a short period but showed that there were hundreds of the ticks following them, omg, I was shaking for them...
I dont know but it would make a kickass movie...
Cant wait for the third.....
I wouldn't know.
A total vice versa vampire story! I love how the main character is considered the abnormal one and vampires are the norm. Humans are just food and in rare occasions entertainment. You just have to listen to it! Its not for everyone but then again no book is liked by everyone.
I personally love him from his performances of Mark Tufo books. At first you are uncertain about his voice but he really grows on you!
The unique situation is funny alone. The mannerisms of the vampires are creepy and gross but also funny to me. Not laugh out loud funny. I guess more dark humor. There are some spenseful moments when you are rooting for the humans but don't know what's gonna happen.
This book was just pure enrtertainment for me! A fun listen I didn't want to stop listening to. If you want something different this one is for you!
Decent story line but the biggest drawback for me is the presentation style of the narrator. Dramatic pauses during sentences that made me think William Shatner in all his Star Trek glory was reading to me almost had me give up on the book in the first 20 minutes because it was so distracting. Once I was able to tune out the obnoxious presentation style I became engrossed in the plot and was glad I stuck it out.