Remember when vampires were the bad guys…not the dazzling creatures you fell in love with? In The Hunt, vampires live openly, while the last few remaining humans must either literally hide -- or hide their true nature -- in order to survive. Gene is one of these humans, the only one at his high school. He has perfected the art of blending in with the undead. He makes no sudden movements. He does not touch anyone or laugh out loud. He shaves all of his body hair every day. Though he is athletic, the only sport he participates in is swimming (real vampires don’t sweat). He sits close to the front so he can see in the dim nighttime light. He never has a girlfriend. All of these tricks have helped him survive so far.
One night, The Ruler announces that there will be a hunt, sponsored by the government, for the last remaining humans and a few “lucky” citizens will be chosen to participate. Gene’s number is pulled, and he is forced to leave the safety of his home and prepare for this great honor along with six other vampires. As he struggles to survive the training, he discovers that he is not the only one keeping secrets, and being human is not at all what he thought.
Andrew Fukuda’s writing captures the isolation and even terror of being an outsider in an otherwise homogenous community. His first novel, The Crossing, was an ALA Booklist Editor’s Choice. The Hunt is the first in a new series and was dubbed “unputdownable” by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush). Fans of “old school” vampire fiction will celebrate this fast-paced yet character-driven story.