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The Prey (The Hunt Trilogy) Paperback – September 3, 2013
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Andrew Fukuda wastes no time in throwing us right back into the fray! The Prey picks up immediately where The Hunt left us. Gene, Sissy, Epap, & the younger boys are drifting down the river after narrowly escaping a blood-thirsty pack of Duskers. It's now a matter of survival; survival until they reach the Promised Land--The Land of Milk and Honey, Fruit and Sunshine... the place which the Scientist promised to one day lead them.
With just the sparse clues from the Scientist to guide them, the group begins a journey to find paradise. What they end up finding is something that just seems too good to be true. A village nestled between two mountains. A village filled with happy, smiling, singing faces. Human faces. Not only that, but filled with food and drink, cozy cottages, and hospitality like they've never seen. This place is called The Mission.
But, inevitably, in fiction, things that seem too good to be true usually are. Gene and Sissy quickly notice that something seems very off about The Mission. The old, fat men who call themselves the "Elders" - the ones in charge, are crude and have created strict and strange laws and rules for the community to follow. There no males anywhere in The Mission, aside from the Elders and the boys in their own group. It's all girls--young girls with brand marks and smiley face tattoos on their forearms. They waddle around on too-small feet. Many of them are pregnant. There is definitely something wrong with this place, and Gene and Sissy plan to get to the bottom of it, even if it kills them.
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I don't even know where to begin. I honestly don't. This book BLEW ME AWAY. Literally. I feel winded!Read more ›
The tale begins exactly where the Hunt ended and we are on the river with Gene, Sissy and the other hepers. They travel in search of the "Land of Milk and Honey" that the scientist; Gene's father described to them. These six become a family and look out for each other. They find clues left for them by the scientists, and make their way into the mountains where they discover a utopia of sorts, led by a group of elders. Together Gene and Sissy try to discover more about Gene's father and the "origin" everyone is so insistent they have. They quickly discover all is not what it seems and the tale that unfolds is absolutely riveting.
We really get to know Gene and the other six in this tale now that they are away from the Hunters. Sissy is strong, firm in her conviction and mother to the other boys from the Dome. I loved her leave no man behind philosophy. Each of the six draws on and uses lessons that were taught to them by Gene's father, "the scientist". Gene struggles to come to terms with his father's abandonment and his loss of Ashley Lynn. Fukuda really captured Gene's struggle to acclimate to both the verbal and emotional expressions of the others. For years he learned to show no emotions and a few times he expressed himself by scratching his wrists. At times he struggled with their noise levels and sought solitude. The Elders and townsfolk were fascinating right down to their laws. Some of the character's had a creepy robotic feel to them and it was fascinating getting to the underbelly of this community and its inhabitants.Read more ›
1) Many plot events and things -- like the town they find themselves in -- are extremely predictable. Because you know, ahead of time that this a trilogy, you are able to estimate exactly where you are in this timeline. Ex: there's so many pages in the book left, and there's still another book to come out, so this is the most logical interpretation of this information that I've just been presented with. The characters in the story, of course, don't know that they're in a trilogy, but the reader is easily able to locate events in the context of a trilogy, and guess how certain things should be interpreted, so it gets kind of boring.
2) Things happened just a little too easily for our characters. Initially, they are provided with just about everything they need. It's like magic, but it's not supposed to be.
3) I really don't understand where the enduring faith that the characters would succeed came from. There are so many things that can go wrong. Why base your certainty on them surviving all odds? It's just not logical. No one in real life could be that certain.
4) The world background is given in this book, but it's just a little too neatly packed up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now with all the background out of the way, this book is all excitement, despair, and hope. I absolutely loved it! Now a few hours break to rest my eyes before starting book three.Published 1 month ago by Karri K.
Just as with part 1, I can't put it down. The water tunnel gave me the creeps! This is a must-read.Published 5 months ago by V. B. Law
This science fiction novel was found in the small library of the hotel where I holidayed on the Greek Island of Thassos. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stuart Aken
Enjoyed this second book of the series. Lots of action , just now purchased last book - can't wait to read it.Published 9 months ago by suebaker
I liked this book about as much as The Hunt. This second book lived up to the expectations set forth by the first. Like the first, this one had a unique storyline. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sharing Inspired Kreations
The Prey begins with Gene trying to escape the coming vampires with Sissy and her pals. They are in a boat, just like the ending of The Hunt. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Krystianna Straley