Series: The Hunt #2
Genres: Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: 29/01/2013
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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
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.
Hunt is one of my favourite guilty pleasure reads, in the
so-bad-it's-good category. You have your brutal, bloody violence,
vampires, and armpit sex. Let's just skim that last part. The second
book, The Prey, has a whole lot less vampires in it, but everything is
just as wonderfully weird when Gene and his friends arrive at The
Mission, a giant village in the middle of nowhere with seriously bizarre
rules - don't travel in less than a group of three, the girls are all deformed, and there's some
branding going on too.
After the suffocating world of the Vampires, where Gene can't even breathe the wrong way without potentially being caught, teaming up with a group of humans (or hepers, as the Vampires call them) was a welcome respite. Gene and Sissy's relationship gets a chance to grow, and it's done well, with them being thrown into many perilous situations it made sense for them to cling to each other.
Generally, the second book is a trilogy is filler, and weaker. However, with the introduction of new environments, a dangerous quest and hundreds of Vampires chasing them, I read the whole story compulsively. I haven't enjoyed a sequel this much since Scorch Trials, or Catching Fire. We also find out more about who Gene is and why everything falls into place the way it does, it's very clever.
As soon as I finished this book, I grabbed The Trap. I was lucky - I read The Hunt when it was first released, but never got round to reading The Prey until The Trap was released. With the new revelations and a killer cliff-hanger ending, you're going to want to have the last book handy so you can devour it as soon as possible. Heh, Vampire jokes.