The Prey (The Hunt #2) by Andrew Fukuda
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 liked this book about as much as The Hunt. This second book lived up to the expectations set forth by the first. Like the first, this one had a unique storyline.
I still wish the vampires (called “Duskers” in this book) would be explained more. I’m so curious about them. I want to know why they can’t swim. This seems like something that should have been explained by now. I mean, what? They’re just completely incapable of learning how to deal with water? The smallest bit of water (it doesn’t even seem to have to be very deep) just causes them to drown? What? Explanation please!
Also, I came across this thought of Gene’s when he was trying to blend in with the Duskers and found myself confused:
I almost lost control over my bladder and that would surely have meant my demise.
So, do the Duskers not urinate either? What happens to the things they eat/drink?
My only other complaint is that I just wasn’t able to become completely enveloped in the story. It was a good story and it’s written well, but it just failed to completely grab hold of me.
Best Aspect: Unique storyline
Worst Aspect: Captivity factor