Gene lives in a dystopian world where vampires are in charge and humans, or hepers as the vamps call them, are supposed to be almost extinct due to overhunting. Gene, a human, has somehow survived for seventeen years, but he lives in constant fear of making a slip-up that would reveal what he really is. And if that were to happen, so would his imminent death. It is soon declared that there is to be a Heper Hunt, much like the ones that had taken place over a decade ago. Seven vampires are to be randomly chosen from the population. So when the lottery is held and Gene is chosen, he knows that he needs to either find a way to better disguise himself or be killed. He has to survive at least five days amongst blood-thirsty vampires while training, and then who knows what will happen to him after that.
Although The Hunt bears a resemblance to The Hunger Games in a few ways, I’m very happy to say that this is one of the most original books that I’ve read recently. After finishing the first 50 pages, I could barely put it down. All throughout dinner, I was impatiently waiting and wondering what would happen to Gene and the rest of the characters.
Andrew Fukuda is also extremely innovative in regards to the vampires’ culture. I’d have to say that in almost every single vampire book I’ve read, the vampires fulfill the Dracula-based stereotypes. However, in The Hunt, the vampires are a brand new type of creature. These vampires do not smile, laugh, or cry. They are able to drown while swimming and are carnivores, not simply blood-suckers. This was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book for me --- constantly wondering what Fukuda would throw at the reader next.
The Hunt is only the first book in a planned trilogy, with the second book (The Prey) coming out early next year. Both books will be available at TBF. Visit the author's website http://andrewfukuda.com/ too. I hope you’ll read both books and come to meet Andrew Fukuda at the festival in May!