Title: The Prey
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: The Hunt Trilogy (Book 2)
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages
ISBN-10: 1250005116 (Mac Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-1250005113 (Mac Teen)
Reviewed by: Michelle
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 civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour 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.
Quick & Dirty: A different take on a paranormal story, that will promise to fill your dreams with horror and fear.
Opening Sentence: We thought we were finally free of them but we were wrong.
Andrew Fukuda’s The Prey is the follow up to the amazing story, The Hunt. The best part about this series is that it is not your average vampire/paranormal story. Where normally, the vampires are the minority, hiding within the human population, this series is the opposite. In The Prey, the humans are the hunted, and Fukuda tells a wonderfully thrilling tale filled with fast-paced action.
The Prey takes on a different direction, compared to The Hunt. Still on the run, Gene and others hide from the hunters fearing for their lives. Since they’ve escaped from the Hesper Institute a few days ago, they are constantly looking over their shoulders. Gene has not traveled far enough to see the last of them. They look for the Land of Milk and Honey, Fruit, and Sunshine. A place that The Scientist spoke of, one of safety and other humans. But for Gene, he is going further and further away from Ashley June.
Gene struggles with accepting The Scientist and his father. Gene is broken, going against the grain of what he has lived through in the previous years. He is grouped together with hepers who don’t exactly see eye-to-eye with him. He’s smart, but is constantly filled with guilt. Not only with his father, but with many other things. It was nice to see how Gene transitions, slowly opening up and revealing inner thoughts and secrets that he never previously shared before. Gene was realistic, enough so that I believed him to be real.
The Hepers, The Hunters, and the Duskers. Each set of characters have their own personalities, traits, similarities, and differences. Some are scarier than others, and Fukuda knows when to amp up the fear. Being hunted isn’t something that is easy to describe, let alone strike some real emotion with, but Fukuda does it and does it well. It’s exciting to go from scene to scene, slowly revealing bits and pieces of a big mystery. Who are they? What are they? Fukuda has answers and he slowly tells you.
Fukuda is still as detail oriented as ever, with his fantastic world-building skills. He describes the human senses to the most miniscule detail. He adds more by describe emotions, like fear, and kick starts an adrenaline rush like no other. Fukuda brings the reader to places that would give you chills. The way he describes things and lays it out for you. It’s really creepy, but in a good way.
I love how the The Prey is still told through the eyes of Gene. He tells the story in a great way. Fukuda gave him a really good voice, and I appreciated it a lot. The Prey has a lot of excitement, and I think it was best told through a male voice. The pacing was great. I never had a hard time keeping up, nor did I feel like anything dragged on. For those of you who are tired of mushy romantic paranormal stories, The Prey is for you. I promise there will be death, action, and mystery.
I pause, her words—You don’t know him the way we do—still ringing in my ears. The things I could tell her. That the man they know as the Scientist is the same man I have called Father; that I have lived with him, played with him, conversed with him, explored the metropolis with him, been told stories by him. I knew that when he slept, his hardened face fell away to expose the face of a little boy, and that he snored only softly, his huge barrel chest rising and falling, rising and falling, his hands lying lax at his sides. That my years with him were more than theirs, and deeper. That I have been loved by him with a father’s love, and
that bond is greater than any other.
Instead, I rub the sticks harder against one another.
“You have the weight of the world on your shoulders, Gene,” she says quietly.
I cross my legs under me, not speaking.
“Secrets,” she whispers, “they will eat you up inside.” She gets up and joins the others.
The Hunt Trilogy:
1. The Hunt
2. The Prey
FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan provided me with a copy of The Prey. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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