- Age Range: 12 - 17 years
- Grade Level: 7 - 12
- Series: Hunter
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (August 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484725433
- ISBN-13: 978-1484725436
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 380 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HUNTER is the story of Joyeaux Charmand, a Hunter trained by the Masters at the Monastery, and ordered to Apex City to join the Hunters there in protecting the Cits. While this book is technically a YA book, I think that had more to do with the age of the main character (sixteen) rather than the story, and I think this is a book that would be enjoyed by readers of all ages. While the basic plot can be seen as a "coming of age" novel for Joy, it is more complex, layered with a detailed history, magic, and even the twists of politics. Hunters are not only protectors, but also entertainment to distract the citizens from the horrors surrounding them. It's also nice to see that the author has included a healthy friendship between characters, instead of just romance. The characters themselves are well-developed, with each of the main characters having a backstory and an individual personality. The characters interact as real people would in a similar situation, without it feeling forced or contrived.
HUNTER is the first book in a new series, and holds the promise of hours of enjoyment. While the ending doesn't answer all of the questions you might have, it wraps up the correct story line with only a few dangling threads to lead you into the next story, leaving the reader satisfied but still wanting to learn more about Joy and the world she lives in.
I received an uncorrected proof through NetGalley in exchange for a review, however I also bought the hardcover book once I realized how much I enjoyed it!
one dimensional, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. Even with the obligatory romance that every writer seems to think YA needs. (I must have been the only teenager that thought life was too interesting to bother with boys. It colors my thinking). She has stayed away from the (dramatic music) love triangle, although I almost thought it was in the works at one point.
There was some talk of this being a mashup of the Mockingjay series, but I don't really get that feeling. I found that series VERY depressing. Joy is a good person who enjoys life and the people around her. She's humble, intelligent and has a great sense of self while remaining a teenaged character rather than an adult stuffed into a teenaged body (as some YA characters are).
Joy is a bit a a Mary Sue when it comes to magic, but not enough to ruin the story so far. As an indicator of how much I liked it, I purchased the Kindle & audiobooks for #2 and pre-ordered #3 in Kindle. Looking forward to how things shake out.
I just read over some reviews. A LOT of folks didn't like it, but I did appreciate one comment: "What it is is a paranormal/mythological/post-apocalyptic/dystopian mashup. "
EDIT - I forgot to mention the audiobook, I went between it and the Kindle version. The narration was well done. I could picture what I was seeing and I liked the author's variances from character to character.
I know some people complained about the style, but I rather enjoyed it. It was a mix of personal journal and stream of thought, from the main character. If she never encountered something, she might not know how to spell it, calling champagne "sham-pain" and such.
I enjoyed the book so much I had to buy the hard copy. It felt like action from page one, and the world building pulled me in, wanting to know more. There are references to different people, confronting differences in cultures, making friends and fighting at their side despite differences. This book does have some romance in, but it tends to be low key unless the character is on a date. I've been trying to get my friends to read it, that's how much I liked it!