The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Gene lives his life surrounded by predators. If they knew he wasn’t one of them, he’d be devoured in a second. Unlike the others, Gene has strong emotions, sweats, grows body hair, can be out in the sun, and doesn’t thirst for blood. Gene has kept his secret his entire life and goes to great pains to hide his true self from everyone around him. But then Gene wins a lottery to compete in society’s most sought after game – a hunt for the last remaining humans. And the winner claims the kill.
Fukuda has created an amazingly intense and creepy world where vampires have completely taken over and humans are almost extinct. Readers can easily sympathize with Gene and experience the heart-pounding and chilling suspense along with him.
First in a trilogy (as all hit YA novels seem to be), there are no sparkling vampires who pine over humans here – unless they’re to eat. If the Hunger Games were taken over by vampires, this would be the result. A perfect blend of horror and YA fantasy, The Hunt sets a whole new bar for vampire novels. With incredible suspense, drama, ethical dilemmas, and a bit of romance – it’s completely riveting. I loved every minute of this fast-paced, thrill ride. Don’t miss this one.
The Hunt releases from St. Martin’s Griffin on May 8, 2012.