Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Prey (The Hunt, #2) by Andrew Fukuda

The Prey (The Hunt, #2)
Good Reads Summary
The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Prey… I was not the biggest fan of book number one, but this… this one felt different to me. I enjoyed the scarier feel of things in this just as much as I was all ick over the same. There’s the quaint picturesque village that’s at first glance the haven they’d been after, when in truth hiding some pretty nasty things (obviously the mere mention of villages and what not had warning signs going off for me) but that wasn’t my biggest issue in this one time around. Mine was having already drawn the obvious conclusions… I really didn’t see the need for the same be spelled out. I knew it already after all, and well, must everything be spelt out?

Now that aside, we go to a shift in the trouble they’re facing, or at least an addition to the same. Were they safe? Not quite, not at all, as they’ve questions unanswered and mysteries to solve whilst being on the run. And when they do get to where they’re going, well you see there’s more to consider. As mentioned when one factors in far flung communities previously unknown warning signs should be going off already … and for some of them (those that counted at least) indeed there were those warnings, but the odd thing is how they react. As in, not at all. They were all wait and see… and I just didn’t get it. One horrific discovery after another, then one particularly horrific thing done to one of their own, and they’re all still practically sitting on their asses. Waiting… a waiting that made no sense given what they knew and the scarier things they suspected.

And what of the things they knew? Well, the monsters in this one aren’t just the fanged kind. We see things we want to un-see or at least imagine things we’d rather not want to imagine at all. The set up here had me thinking of both Wither and Once and all those other YA dystopians but here it’s less about some vague scary future they want to avoid, because that the thing being avoided in those other books is the reality in this one. The way things are set simply had my skin crawling.

Interesting and skin crawling turn of events


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