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Book 2 of 3 in the Hunt Trilogy Series

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Gr 8 Up-A sequel to The Hunt (St. Martin's Griffin, 2012). After narrowly escaping from the Dome/Heper Institute, Gene, Sissy, and the gang are fighting to survive on the river while being pursued by vampire hunters. Guided by directions from the Scientist, they are hoping to reach "The Land of Milk and Honey, Fruit and Sunshine." Making their way into the mountains, the group discovers a solitary settlement, a sort of utopia called "The Mission." Governed by the elders, life at the Mission is regimented and controlled, especially for girls, but everyone appears happy and content. This regulated society and a nonexistent threat from duskers cause Gene and Sissy to realize that things are not what they seem. Looking for the truth puts them at risk and their lives are again in danger. The action-packed plot is full of suspense and intrigue. The combination of postapocalyptic/dystopian setting and vampires is fresh and gripping. The characters are well developed, and Fukuda captures well Gene's struggle to determine his sense of worth and identity after leaving his vampire life behind.-Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Fukuda delivers a sequel that is just as taut, menacing, and devastating in its consequences as The Hunt (2012). Gene, Sissy, and the other “hepers” are still trying to outrun the “duskers,” who will hunt the humans to the point of their own destruction just for the chance of devouring them. Gene and Sissy decode the clues the Scientist—now revealed to be Gene’s father—has left for them, and after a hair-raising escape, they find a hidden community of humans. The Mission is welcoming and idyllic, and the fleeing children think they have finally found a refuge. But Gene and Sissy learn some truths about the relationship between humans and duskers, and life in the Mission creates more questions than answers. The sinister atmosphere of the Mission is just as consuming as the terror of Gene’s embedded existence among the duskers, proving that ultimately humanity’s greatest threat is usually itself. There is almost no time to catch a breath, and with another bombshell ending setting up the next book, readers should expect to stay up late finishing this one. Grades 9-12, --Kara Dean --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 700 (What's this?)
  • Series: The Hunt Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005304
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
*This review contains spoilers for the first book in this series, The Hunt!*

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!
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I'm wondering how many of these enthusiastic reviews written for this book are actually real. I'm sure all of them can't be, when I look at how many reviews those other people have done or the quality of those reviews. Eh. Whatever. I really enjoyed the last book (other than the obvious plot hole of Ashley June, being a teenage girl, go undetected by vampires). I thought the book was suspenseful, and the concept, new. With this book...I could get into this story at times, but there were a lot of detractors that kept it from being good.

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.
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Fukuda plunges us right back into the tale and the pacing and world building held me captive and I literally consumed this in a few hours. This is such a terrifying and original tale. Fukuda is brilliant and I can barely wait for the final book.

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.
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