Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

Gene has learned how to survive in a hostile world. He never lets anyone see him sweat. He makes no facial expressions. He scratches his wrists when something is funny. He never eats fruits or vegetables or drinks water in public. If the people around him discover that he is a "heper" (their word for human) they will devour him instantly in a frenzy of blood and gore. Gene goes to high school and tries to avoid notice. But when he wins a lottery and is chosen for the heper hunt, he can't hide any more. He will be expected to hunt and kill the last known hepers in the world. This is the story of Gene's training and the eventual heper hunt. It's full of suspense and action, and is already very popular, especially among guys at my school. The word vampire is never used, but the bloodthirsty people who control Gene's world clearly bear a lot of similarities to vampires. At first glance this didn't sound like it would be my kind of story, but the author really drew me in and made me care about Gene and the other hepers. Fans of dystopian fiction will enjoy this even though it's in a slightly different genre. Recommended for 7th-12th graders.

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