I loved the originality and excitement in The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda; the sequel, The Prey, is just as original and exciting but it takes a very strange turn.
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.
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 civilization begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behavior 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.
The Prey starts off where The Hunt left off, with Gene and his human (or should I say heper?) friends running (or should I say floating?) for their lives down the river. Fukuda delivers another suspense-filled installment to this series. I felt the palpable fear of being discovered and devoured by clicking, snarling vampires!
The dynamic between Gene, who’s hidden his ‘humanity’ his entire life, with the rest of the group really added to the story. Gene had to learn to let go, smile, laugh, cry. He always has it together and it keeps him separated from the group because he doesn’t show his human side. It was fun to see his perspective on their actions. He was so wary of their screaming and dancing, something we don’t even think twice about.
Their escape takes them to this place, this paradise. All is not what it seems, and here’s where the story gets weird. It was really hard to read about the group falling into this trap. It’s obviously this creepy cult thing, and I wanted to kick and scream at their stupidity for allowing themselves to get into that kind of situation. Run, just RUN! That was probably my biggest frustration with this book. However, Fukuda reveals the genius to his plot. All of these answers and secrets are coming to light and the group has to decide what to do. And the ending! I couldn’t believe it!
Again, I’m impressed with Fukuda’s amazing skills. The writing was impeccable and the story was well thought out. This book was a bit bizarre and I found myself fading out, but with the ending, I found myself with a renewed vigor for this series. The last book in the trilogy, The Trap, will be out on November 5, 2013. I’ll be checking it out to see how Gene and the gang (hopefully) survive.
STARS: 3.5 out of 5