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The Urban Hunters is a serialized story by author Gary Taaffe telling the story of an aborigine named Billy, who's on his walkabout as part of his becoming a man. I thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in the series, which mainly focused on Billy's time in the tribe and his early days in the city; this part of the story mainly focuses on Billy's attempts to survive in the city, which mainly means he's hunting wild animals in the park, meeting a few new people, and trying his best to explain the way he sees the world to them while they do their best to help him understand technology. It all sounds simple, but one of the joys of the Urban Hunters series is that simplicity. This isn't a tale about modern prejudice, or about the tragedy of modern life, or the simplicity of the aborigine lifestyle; it's simply about a boy and his adventures, and Taaffe never forgets that, finding the hook for his story in Billy's day-to-day activities. It's an odd way to tell a serialized story, given that that type of tale usually draws its power from hooking the reader with cliffhangers. Instead, Taaffe draws us in by making us care about the characters, be it through Billy's relationship with a homeless girl, his encounters with a group of orphaned children, or simply through wondering where each meal will come from. (Answer to the last question: usually from killing and cooking feral animals, ranging from rats to cats and beyond. As a content note, anyone who doesn't want fairly graphic descriptions of animals being killed and eaten might want to look elsewhere; that being said, this isn't presented as cruelty, but rather a hunter who hunts to survive, not for fun.) Each book in the series is nicely self-contained, building on the previous entries while still essentially telling it's own arc in Billy's life (for instance, his meeting with the man who owned his dogs, or his encounter with the aforementioned orphans, or the backstory of the young girl he meets); that being said, it's hard to separate the books from each other, especially when you read them back to back - it's evident that they're a single work, broken into sections. And while Urban Hunters may never feel like a high-stakes story, it's still an engaging, fun one, one that tells an interesting story about a character we like and immerses us in his unique worldview, and that's enough to make this a great read. Combine that with its insights into aborigine culture and you have a series that I'd highly recommend for all sorts of reasons.
I loved getting to know more of Amber's backstory in this one. And there's such a cute moment between Billy and Amber when Billy is just in awe of something she has done. I like how their relationship is developing. They have such great chemistry together and yet they argue about things that girls and boys often do. I just find them endearing.
Billy, an Aboriginal Australian boy, is very non-judgmental even when he has culture shock and just can't understand something. I was touched by how unselfish Billy is. When Billy is faced with death, all he thinks about is his clan and how they won't be able to pass on their traditions. Billy is a joy to read about and so easy to like.
Overall, I really enjoyed learning more about the characters and seeing their relationship grow. I can't wait to see where the story goes next!
Anyway, I love these books, I truly do, and believe they are books that you will read over and over because as time passes and one gains a different set of experiences, so to will the books mean something different to you. Yes, they are that kind of read...
I may have said this already in another review, but, seriously..I would read ANYTHING this man wrote.