Author: Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt #2
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 9, 2013
For Gene and the remaining humans—or hepers—death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast... and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they’re not the only things following Gene. He’s haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side.
When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they’re finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found—and Gene begins to wonder if the world they’ve entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other... if they can only stay alive.
I was so happy to finally read The Prey! I loved The Hunt, but I think my love for it intensified over time. You know what they say; absence makes the heart grow fonder. I’m glad to say that The Prey held up nicely as a sequel.
The Prey picks up where The Hunt left off: Gene, Sissy, Epap, Ben, David, and Jacob are on the run from the hunters. They’re looking for the Land of Milk and Honey the Scientist told them about, but the hunters are getting more savvy and taking bigger risks to catch them. I really liked how the Scientist left clues for them along the way, sort of like a scavenger hunt, except their lives depend on it. No pressure!
After a treacherous journey, they discover an oasis high in the mountains where humans live tucked away from the duskers (what they’ve dubbed the vampire creatures). The place is nice and clean, the people friendly, there’s an abundance of food, and great medical care. Surely, it must be the place they were seeking; the place the Scientist spoke of. But there is something off about it, and there seems to be many secrets. I had a bad feeling about it right from the start. I mean, I’m accepting of cultural differences, but this was way more than that. The town is one big mystery, and unraveling it was a lot of fun filled anxiety. Ugh, and the elder men were… yuck. Especially once you really think about what he said when explaining the population of their town.
I did like the characters more in The Prey. Gene has been conditioned all his life to be a dusker, so he is still learning how to be human. It’s funny when he makes observations about human behavior.
“I don’t understand why they have to so demonstrably display what they’re feeling. Can’t they simply feel their emotions without needing to project them?”
Believe me, Gene, I know how you feel. I really liked Sissy too. She’s observant and has common sense – mostly. Plus, she’s wicked good with her weapons. I mostly loved Jacob, though. The kid was so good at voicing his opinion on what they should do. He was firm, but not a jerk about it. I was always proud of him when he spoke-up. Those of you curious about Ashley June will just have to read the book to find out, because I’m not saying anything!
A lot happens in The Prey. I got dizzy sometimes trying to keep up with the decisions Gene and Sissy made, then changed, then changed again, over and over. They had good reason to, since they were thrown for a loop on several occasions. They had to constantly stay on top of what was going on and figure out what to believe. The author definitely keeps you on your toes. I’m still not fully sure what the complete truth is about certain things, and I kind of like that feeling.
Overall, I loved The Prey. The ending left me with a lot of different feelings, mostly anticipation. I cannot wait for the third and final book, Trap.