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Mini Review: The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

Mini Review: The Prey by Andrew FukudaThe Prey
Author: Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: January 29th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Survival, Vampires
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed from the library
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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 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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

FTC Disclaimer: I borrowed a copy of this book from my library. I was in no way compensated for this review.

SPOILER WARNING: This review is for the second book in a series. While I hate spoilers, you may find some slight spoilers for book 1 and book 2 in this review.

As with all of my mini reviews, I’m just going to share some of my notes that I took while reading The Prey by Andrew Fukuda.

  • I don’t know why, in so many books (and IRL, honestly), people think they remember things from when they were like 2 or 3. I’m sorry, but that doesn’t happen. You may remember a story someone told you that happened to you back then, or you may remember a picture or video from back then, but most people do not remember things before the age of about 5. It’s science.
  • Kind of a weird place to leave a hint, Gene’s dad.
  • Man, this part about him losing his tooth at school when he was 7 and in 2nd grade is so well done. Plus my oldest son is the same age and going through the same thing. I can’t imagine having to hide that from a room full of vampires!
  • I know he’s going to survive these things, especially the flashback scenes, but they’re so well done that I’m so scared he’s going to be found out!
  • This book! OMG! So suspenseful!
  • Hmm, I call bullshit.
  • Creeeepy.
  • This book is more dystopian than the first one.
  • Not cool, Gene. Not cool.
  • This book started off really intense, but then it tapered off into this creepy part. But then it goes back to being intense.
  • OMG so effing intense!
  • Oh man, that’s messed up!

I absolutely LOVE this series. It’s SO GOOD. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes twists and turns and intense scenes where you’re not sure how the main character is going to get out of the conundrum they’re in. I can’t wait to read the final book in the series, The Trap, but at the same time, I don’t want it to end.

Andrea

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