30 January 2013

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda

The Prey by Andrew Fukuda
The Hunt #2
Release Date: January 31, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Source: Publisher
Goodreads Stars: 4
Rating: Essential

Buy the Book: Amazon UK

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. - Goodreads

The majority of this novel is set in a creepy village, that I was both impressed and given shivers by. There's a lot of dark stuff going on there, which I won't spoil for you, but basically the way the girls live there is horrific, and the way the elders treat everyone else is much the same. Like I said, it was both creepy and kinda awesome, because I like dark and twisted things, it seems!

Even though most of the novel was set in one place, that didn't stop it from being action packed. I liked the action in The Prey a lot more than I liked it in The Hunt. I think that's because I felt more connected to the characters, and I was more interested in what they were doing as a result.

I'm very impressed by the character development of Gene in this novel. I felt a much bigger connection with him in this book than I did in The Hunt, and I think a great deal of that has to do with the fact that Gene is spending more time around humans, and is learning to express emotions.

I feel very 'meh' about Sissy, though. She was just very bland to me, and I didn't feel much for her one way or the other. Also, I cannot stop laughing at her name. Whenever Sissy was mentioned I almost burst into childish giggles, because it's just a ridiculous name and honestly it makes her sound like a wimp. Oops.

The very best thing about this novel was the new discoveries the characters made regarding the creatures. We learn how they were created, and how they took over the Earth. It was all very intriguing, and I adore it when authors can explain these things well, and Andrew Fukuda did a great job with it. There were a couple of twists in there as well, which I thoroughly enjoyed, although I had suspected that they would come around!

I'm dying to read the sequel because the ending of this one blew my mind. What the hell is going to happen next?! I have no clue. For all I know Gene could be eaten by one of the predators.

The Prey certainly lives up to my high expectations following The Hunt. It's full of great action scenes, spine-tingling moments, and the protagonist is fierce!


  1. I LOVED this book which surprised me considering I wasn't much of a fan of the first book. But yeah, like you I laughed at Sissy's name too. But I actually LOVED her character. She was much better than what's-her-name from the first book. :)

    Great review!

  2. Definitely enjoyed learning about the world and how the Duskers came to be. Great insight. Let's salivate for the third book together, you scratch my wrist, I scratch yours.


  3. Awesome review and I totally loved this one too..i cannot wait for the final book! Woot!

  4. I can't wait to find out more about how this happened. Glad to hear The Prey gives some of that. Great review!

  5. I'm so looking forward to this one, especially finding out more about the world. Great review, although I won't be able to read it without giggling about Sissy now either ;-)

  6. Ooh, I read The Hunt some time ago. Totally missed that it had a sequel. Ooh, world building! YAY! Thanks for the review-must pick this up some time soon!

  7. I wasn't a big fan of the previous book but I think I'll probably give this one a try. Great review. :)

  8. I have The Hunt, but haven't read it yet. Maybe I should get doing that. This sounds like it is going to be great. Wonderful review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  9. I just found out today that this isn't dystopia! Now I want to read it too!

  10. Oh, And what happens to Ashley June? I read that Gene falls for Sissy, is that true?


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