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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 tFor 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....

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Number of Pages : 322 Pages
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The Prey Reviews

  • Katy
    2019-05-08 23:26

    I admit part of the reason why I liked The Hunt so much was because it wasbizarredifferent (I know, I'm weird like that). The hepers were the minority living among the duskers, and the bizarreness - like the sticking their elbows into each others' armpits or the wrist scratching - made it unique, and I'm a bit disappointed there wasn't any weirdness in this book.Taking those things out of the book made The Prey much a like any other dystopian - one that follows the general storyline of a world that exists a certain way, and the inhabitants learned that they have been lied to al their lives. However, much of the world-building took place in the first book, so this one was able to take off from the start. It was full of action and excitement, and even though it was predictable, it was more than enough to suck me in - particularly with the puzzles that the Scientist left behind.I was left with questions however, mostly from something that was explained in the first book. (view spoiler)[Sissy and her "family" were raised in the Dome and were said to be the last hepers in the world. However, it was also rumored that there was a heper farm underneath the Palace, although this was never proven. Does that farm provide for the heper in the Dome (because Sissy had said they had parents but they left one day and never came back), or are there other Domes, raising the future population for future hunts. Since the 18th Ruler had declared hepers extinct, but the last hunt was 10 years ago involving hepers the Palace admitted they had secretly habored, it's hard to believe there are more Domes out there, which makes me wonder why there was the Dome separate from the farm in the first place. (hide spoiler)] I guess either way, it may be explained in the next book as they reach their destination.Overall, I enjoyed this book very much, though for different reasons than the rest. I'm looking forward to see how Fukuda plans to explain what's really going on with the heper population.

  • Kristy
    2019-05-10 23:12

    Read along with BBP, March 2013.I'm afraid a lot of people will readand think it is just too weird, resulting in them not giving this one a chance. This Second book was much more story-oriented, a lot of the oddities sort of take a back seat (they are still there, but maybe just not as much of a major player). I very much so enjoyed this one. There were a few predictable moments, but for the most part I was constantly being suprised. This was fast-paced and action packed, a real adventure book!......................Spoilers from this point on.....................So, the first part of this book sort of stressed me out. I was afraid they were going to be on the run for the whole book. Serious heart palpatations going on. So, even though the village wasn't exactly a perfect stop, I was glad for just that.... a stop. I sort of figured out about it being a baby-producing-farm right off, since there was pretty much no young guys and a ton of pregnant girls running around. The whole small feet thing was so strange, but I guess conformity happens in lots of ways.... I figured Ashley June would either die or get turned, but that ending with her...Hmmmmmm. I am curious, because she did show some humanity toward Gene. I wonder how that will play out. Are we going to have to deal with a love triangle between Gene, Ashley June and Sissy?!?!?!? Will Ashley June get cured? I am a little worried about Gene's Father, the scientist. Is he going to live up to all his promises? Is he even going to be alive at all??(He better be) What exactly is it about Gene and Sissy that is the cure? The new addition of Clair makes me have another hmmmmm? moment. Is she to be trusted?As you see, I have lots of unanswered questions and I'm an super excited to see where the next book will take us!!!!AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! 4 stars!Fukuda strikes again!Sidenote: These names drove me crazy (and I know I'm not alone on this), so for them to wind up being such a critical part of the story is Crazy! Fukuda might just be an evil genius!

  • Mitch
    2019-05-21 18:05

    The Prey is everything I expected from the sequel to The Hunt. I know that sounds like a positive reaction and I could talk about how all my expectations were met, but that's just my problem - I anticipated everything. Thinking back, I really liked The Hunt because it's a survival story centered around a guy in a tough situation where one wrong move meant instant death at the fangs of the vampires around him, I wasn't so concerned with the dystopian backstory, and that's why I'm mildly disappointed by this sequel - The Prey isn't so much about Gene's struggle to survive as much as it's an exploration of how the vampire society came about.One of my favorite parts of the first book is the vampires being so different from humans and the lengths Gene goes to survive. I know it's not realistic, but sleeping on ceilings, eating raw meats, shoving elbows into armpits, craving for Hepers, the stuff Gene has to do to escape detection and the constant threat of being discovered and devoured added a layer of suspense to The Hunt that The Prey really couldn't replicate. There are a few flashback scenes, including one of Gene losing his tooth and living in fear of the tooth being discovered by the vampires, but it's just not the same when I know Gene's alive, so I never got the same feeling of imminent doom that really carried the first half of The Hunt. Instead, Gene, Sissy, and the boys' escape from the Heper Institute and their search for the promised land of milk and honey is really like another other journey slash escape where the heroes are chased by monsters, it's not boring, there are certainly plenty of action scenes and moments when all of them could die in an instant, but it just lacks that extra psychological element that made The Hunt so truly compelling.Once Gene arrives at the Mission, the refuge for humans, the story degenerated into a typical dystopian plot for me. There are hints of some bigger conspiracy at work with the treatment of the girls, the excessive resource use of the village, and the stuff with Gene's father, all written with Fukuda's at this point trademark weirdness (foot binding like it's written by a foot fetishist!!), but the story isn't any different than any other dystopian where the protagonist knows something is wrong with the society he encounters, loudly barges around trying to get to the bottom of things, and ultimately gets nowhere. Gene can openly air his suspicions with Sissy, yell at the people in charge, and rant all he wants about not getting anywhere, but it doesn't change the fact that all Fukuda is doing is concealing a backstory and reveals that are entirely predictable based on the information from The Hunt. Everything Gene learns, I could've told him based on his cursory observations of how things worked and what I learned from the previous book, so the intentional concealing of the obvious just left me extremely frustrated as Gene hits brick wall after brick wall after brick wall even though the answers are right there as even Gene knows in his gut.Only a few things keep The Prey from falling into the completely predictable category for me. I took what happened to Gene's father in The Hunt at face value, which in retrospect was a mistake on my part, because I did not expect Gene's father to play as large of a role here as he did. Didn’t expect to see Ashley June again either, although her appearance makes me wonder why she wasn’t just eaten outright. Although most of my predictions about how the vampire society came about are pretty much confirmed by this book, I have to say Gene's role in humanity's future, while I easily saw it coming from what I figured out about how vampires took over the world, is actually pretty good for setting up the third book. I'm not sure if I like how Fukuda pretty much reveals exactly what I expected the Mission's true purpose to be and then at the very end says something to the effect of 'it might not be as you think!' because adding another layer of doubt much earlier would've really helped to tap down the predictability, but now I really don't know what to think about what will happen next.So I made a few predictions after reading The Hunt, and I'm disappointed that The Prey pretty much confirms all of them without being as character driven as the first book was - Gene as the tough survivor in particular is sorely missed. Sure, I enjoyed the ravenous vampire attacks as usual, but I wanted to see more, although the hints towards the end make me think the third book will surprise me.

  • Rani Simpson
    2019-05-18 17:10

    Um...I'm want to see ashley June get rescued! How can he fall for another girl when Ashley June risked her life for him in a huge way, and is left rotting in a hole!! Idk, I want to read this sequel, but the first book was quit a bit laborious in the middle!! I more than likely will read it, but I will be highly upset of he just let's Ashley June die or something.

  • Vaso
    2019-05-09 23:11

    The second installment was more fast paced and with more action. There were a lot of twists in the plot that kept me hooked. Can't wait to see how this is going to end...

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-05-07 19:11

    I always hope that, where I've enjoyed the first book in a series, the rest will prove to be at least as good. Andrew Fukuda's debut novel, The Hunt, while not a favorite was an enjoyable action read, a nice change of pace from my more contemplative reads. In reading The Prey, I really hoped to find more of the same, but instead it alternated between wtfery and completely predictable plot twists.Since I like to give credit where credit is due, there are two things that I did like about The Prey. First, Fukuda writes well, doing a much better job with his syntax and diction than is typical in more action-based stories. Second, he does give the world an origin story in this installment. Where The Hunt suffered from a lack of world building, Fukuda attempts to explain how the creatures came to rule the earth. While I'm not exactly sold on the reasoning and it could have been better done than in a villain's infodumping speech, I appreciate that Fukuda did put thought into this, and I'd like to see more dystopian/post-apocalytpic novels that tackle this aspect.As I mentioned previously, the most solid aspect of The Hunt, what kept me flipping pages despite the nonsensical world building, was the non-stop action. The Prey starts off slowly and continues to chug along at that slow pace most of the novel. The hepers (aka humans) have escaped down the river on a boat, searching for the promised land, The Land of Milk and Honey. (Insert eyeroll here.) There's a brief interlude of excitement with an attack by the creatures, duskers as they're called in this book, but otherwise the first half is to set up some new romantic tension, which I will get back to later.Mostly, this slow portion gave me time to really focus on the little details, like the character names. These poor characters have some of the very worst names I have ever encountered. To be fair, there is a reason behind the names, though some of it is unfortunate and Epap (the most nonsensical name) never is explained. What really bothers me is that both female love interests, easily the strongest characters in the series, have been saddled with the most absurdly weak sounding names: Ashley June and Sissy. Why couldn't she just be Ashley or June? Why Ashley June, a name which makes her sound like a country western singer or a girl getting ready for her Super Sweet Sixteen? Of course, if she does start some sort of country western show, Sissy and the Hepers can open for her.After sailing down the river, crashing down a waterfall, and climbing up a cave, they find a village of humans. Le shock! They're not the only ones still alive! (Insert my incredibly-surprised face right here.) They're immediately served up a feast of delicious food by beautiful girls, albeit ones with funny walks. Clearly this is is The Land of Milk and Honey! But, oh no! It turns out that all is not well in Creepytown! (Insert gasp here.)Let's just talk about this town, shall we? This town consists of nubile young women, many of them pregnant, and middle-aged, obese men who call themselves elders. That's about it. The fact that it takes the characters any amount of time to determine that something's amiss boggles my mind. Anyway, not only is this town evil, because, hey, that's how things roll in dystopian novels, but it's freaking crazypants. For example, these young women all have such tiny, fucked up feet that they walk in a really weird gait. Yup, this town practices footbinding. Why, you might ask? Well, here are some quotes from the townspeople on women's feet:"'See, that's the thing with girls with big man-sized feet,' Krugman says from behind us, his voice a slithering coo. 'When their feet haven't been beautified, when the foot glands haven't been broken. Left undestroyed, these glands secrete male hormones into a girl. Turn her from a princess into an opinionated ox. One who fails to understand her place in society, who mistakenly things she can walk like a male, talk like a male, have opinions like a male. Say no to a male. "Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a girl with big feet."'" (165)"'They made me a gopher. I'd go down two times a week with medicine, supplies. That's why they didn't bind my feet but let them grow into man feet—so I'd be able to walk the many miles, climb the cabled ladder. I hated it, in the beginning, mostly because of how my feet got so big and ugly. The other girls were merciless with their taunts. Man feet, man feet, man feet,' she grimaces from the memory." (224)In case you're wondering, yes, that did just really happen. What really bothers me about this is that it seems to solely be a device to make the book more dramatic and terrifying. Having the women around as breeders for disgusting old fat men isn't enough? They have to have their feet bound too? REALLY?It gets better, though. Not only do they get their feet bound and be impregnated by these men, but they also are issued either merits or rewards based on how obedient they are. A merit can be earned by doing good things, like birthing a baby. A demerit is earned any time a woman steps out of line, like by doing something alone. Each time a woman earns one or the other, the skin of her arm is marked: a branded X for a demerit and a smiley face tattoo for good behavior. I really, really wish I were joking. Apparently this society was created by a demented child.Running through this absurd landscape of offensive horrors is a cast of flat characters. Gene has all the girls wanting him, and all of the guys jealous of him. The good guys are all obviously good, and the bad guys obviously bad. Women, with the exception of Sissy and Ashley June, are weak. Gene is the most important person, intended to be saved from harm, even at the loss of everyone else's life, which turns out to be incredibly laughable and illogical after you learn the final plot twist.The romance, though thankfully kept to the backburner, is saccharine and unconvincing, perhaps because of the entire lack of development in the characters. Days after leaving Ashley June to a certain horrible fate with the duskers, Gene and Sissy are having special moments of staring, complete with added tension due to Epap's jealousy. Gene and Sissy have not a bit of sexual tension, nor do they have any sort of real bond. They're good at helping each other survive, so hanging together and hooking up is cool (not that they do), but that does not excuse all the syrupy language used for their every interaction.The two of them pretty much made me want to throw up whenever they looked at one another, especially when he nearly drowns, she gives him mouth to mouth, and he thinks this: "Then velvet lips on mine, dewy and sweet. Soft on soft, the lips alive and encompassing. Then becoming fiercer, the grip ironclad" (249). Ugh, dude, this is not the freaking Sandlot. You have no oxygen in your lungs; you are dying. Now is not the time to rhapsodize about the softness of her lips. Now, I haven't ever experienced mouth to mouth resuscitation, but I'm pretty sure that the only thing I would be thinking about would be BREATHING. If you're feeling horny while your lungs are full of water, you really should sort out your damn priorities.This book is nothing like The Hunger Games, though the first one had some elements thereof, so please do not get sucked into that marketing. What it comes down to is, if you're curious or think those things won't bother you, then read it. Other people have read The Prey and enjoyed it. All I can say is that I really, really did not, and that I will not be reading any more of this series.

  • Bonnie McDaniel
    2019-05-02 00:09

    This book is a sequel to The Hunt, which I read a few months ago. The Prey definitely improved on its predecessor; in fact, it is one of the best books I have read so far this year. The previous book introduced a dark, bloody, dystopian world, where humans are seemingly all but extinct, subsumed by a new breed: a superstrong, superfast cannibalistic "people" who will literally tear you limb from limb, eating your flesh and drinking your blood. The hero, Gene, survives by the use of a brazenly clever "Purloined Human" (or "Heper," what humans are called in this book) technique: he hides in the midst of the monsters, pretending to be one of them (helped along by excessive showering, use of deodorant, and razors, to hide the body hair the monsters apparently do not grow). He has thought like one of them, as a matter of survival, for so long that it is very hard for him to remember that he is, in fact, human, which was one of the first book's major plot points. This book ups the stakes exponentially, and answers a great many questions. The "duskers," as we learn they are called, are actually genetically engineered supersoldiers gone wrong. They were bred to fight humanity's wars centuries ago and ended up turning on their creators. There is supposedly a cure for this called the "Origin," which the group from the first book spends a great deal of time searching for (and finds in the Very. Last. Sentence. of this book--seriously, I've never seen cliffhangers like Andrew Fukuda writes). Gene and his pals, still being pursued by the duskers, stumble upon a hidden city of humans that is not quite right, to say the least. Either they're watching the desert city where the duskers, still five million strong, are confined, or they're humanity's last stand, products of a devil's bargain with the duskers. That point is not resolved; I trust it will be addressed in the last book of the trilogy. The hallmarks of the first book remain: the almost unbearable tension and the gripping action scenes that all but explode off the page. If this story ever makes it to the movie screen, it would take a trilogy of films, a la The Hunger Games, to do it justice. (Edited to add 9/11/13: After thinking about it, I changed my rating to five stars. It was silly to give the first book in the series five and this one only four [the original rating]. I want to be stingy with five-star reviews, but this book definitely deserves it.)

  • Wolf (Alpha)
    2019-05-20 00:04

    I liked this book pretty well. I like how Sissy trusts Gene even more now, and how they become closer to each other. I like how Gene is smart and knows how to escape. I like how they get to the one place. I hate how Sissy is tortured and branded. I like how they escape and how Sissy and Gene come closer together.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-01 17:33

    3.5 The Prey by Andrew Fukuda is the sequel to The Hunt, a book I hadn't planned on reading but once I did I was happy because it was thrilling and involved a unique and creepy world. I have been waiting on this sequel since then and it was just as good.The Prey starts up where The Hunt left off. Gene, Sissy, Ben, David, Jacob, and Epap have escaped from the Dome and are now in the wild, trying to follow vague instructions left for them by The Scientist, Gene’s father. Each night Hunters arrive on the river banks, trailing their boat, eager to catch and kill them. Eventually they arrive at The Mission, a small village nestled in some mountains and they discover humans living there, seemingly peaceful, well fed and cared for. But life there is not as it seems and Gene must figure out how to find The Origin.I like Gene, he’s quite a serious guy and I find that his narration has a no-nonsense approach. He does feel emotions but I never feel like he’s being dramatic, so when he does panic, I feel it too. I felt his guilt at leaving behind Ashley June, it sounds like my worst nightmare, but I also enjoyed the relationship between him and Sissy. I like that it wasn't too forced, it never felt like a romance, instead they share an intense bond and a need to look out for each other, and the boys.The pacing was well done, from the beginning I was hooked and my heart was racing as their boat was attacked early on. As I've mentioned before, the vampires in this world are the scary kind (at least they are to me, I scare easy!) In addition to the pacing, the story is moved along by the discoveries made at The Mission and the explanation given to them by one of the Elders. I didn't know whether to believe his story about what had happened to the world, and how vampires came to be, as he didn't seem trustworthy. The explanation seemed a little vague, but more is revealed towards the end. Gene also has a few flashbacks giving us more insight into his previous life when his father was still with him.My issues with this book are slight and they didn't spoil the read for me. Firstly, The Mission felt creepy and weird from the moment that Gene and his gang arrived and it was clear something was not right. It takes them a while to figure it out, especially the younger boys who are besotted with the place. Sissy is the smartest of the bunch, but even then I wanted them to leave immediately yet they stayed, even when things got worse. It was so obvious what the purpose of The Mission was, but I suppose I can cut the characters some slack as they have never lived in a human world.My only other issue was that a lot of the story is left up to chance. It’s clear that the Scientist had a plan involving the kids and Gene, but if one little thing had gone wrong, then they probably wouldn't have escaped or survived the trip to The Mission and his plan would have been ruined.The Prey is a solid follow up to The Hunt – I enjoyed the focus on the human interactions in this book and am keen for book three, The Trap, which is due out at the end of the year.Thank you to the lovely people at Simon and Schuster Aus for my review copy.

  • Esther Jackson
    2019-04-24 17:33

    I did not appreciate this book very much. There was an immense plot and a couple shocking plot twists that I liked, but I just didn't relate. Even though the story line was good, the writing was not something I would want to read again. I was very disappointed since I really enjoyed the first book of this series. I would not recommend unless you otherwise see fit. Anyhow, I think you should read the first book of the series, The Hunt, it was very good. Even though I did not particularly enjoy this book, I am still planning on reading the third and final book.

  • Lex
    2019-05-05 16:20

    I know! I am so weird. Cause I like the book. It really is a bit fascinating reading a different kind of vampires. Where they are not sparkly and totally ran out of humanity. Incapable of love and reason. What I don't like was that it was not based on the first book The Hunt. Where they are in a Dome and all that crap. Well of course, from the last page of first book we know that Gene managed to escape the Heper Institute. But one might think it'll be lead back in that Institute. That's what I keep thinking. That he'll come back for Ashley June. The second book revolves on how and what happened to Gene and the rest of the Dome people (Sissy, Epap, David, Jacob, Ben) try to survive. And finally some bit of the truth. The history. Finally. But still got some questions going on. Remember the Amazing Spiderman movie last year? Where this evil guy who experimented on himself? It reminds me of the story someone told in this book. LOL. :PRegardless of that, I am looking forward for the last book of this series and excited to know what is the real deal. I wonder how it will all be explained to us by Fukuda. It is a good read. Although... the ending is like "how many months do I have to wait for the last book?" thing. It's not the violent reaction though. :p

  • Sam
    2019-05-20 21:17

    I liked this a lot more than the first! I don't know if it's because I listened on Audiobook instead of reading it this time, or maybe it simply was better. I knew there was something weird going on with 'The Mission' but was still horrified to know the truth in the end. As with the first, this was so fast-paced! The first part of the book is the survivors journey to the promised land, even though it was a lot of traveling it was still exciting. I liked how we got more background about Gene's dad and the "Duskers". This was a big step up from the first book. I have high hopes for the last one, I want everything to be tied up in a nice bow in the end.

  • Danny
    2019-05-03 18:03

    This was such a worthy sequel!!! It was phenomenal, full of action and fast paced! This book take a new direction than the first book which makes it so much more awesome than I had dared to hope for!There are a lot of secrets which need to be solved and the story takes a few amazing twists and turns! Loved Gene who is slowly getting a strong boy who deserves to be called a hero'Loved Sissy and all the kids who survived and run away with them!The ending again left me speechless and the cliffhanger left me with my mouth hanging wide open!!!

  • Ang
    2019-05-02 20:23

    I'm saving my review until the girls finish because I don't want to give anything away. I will however say I liked it more than the first book. Again though I am left feeling like I don't have any answers and it is frustrating as all heck!

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    2019-05-08 16:19

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  • Carina Olsen
    2019-05-09 00:18

    I have been wanting to read The Prey ever since I finished The Hunt this May. And now I finally got the chance to do so; and I must say that it was worth the wait :) I remember loving the first book a whole lot. The writing, the plot, the characters. And I still did that. Only, I do think that the first book was better. But even so. I enjoyed this book a whole lot, and I never wanted to stop reading it, and I cannot wait for the third and final one. It will be a long wait. Because this book ends kind of bad. Big cliffhanger. Something awful is about to happen. And it really is the best ending as well. Cruel and perfect ;pThe Prey starts right where The Hunt ended. Which I will be spoiling a lot about right now. So you probably should not read more if you have not yet read The Hunt. You have been warned. Anyway. Book one ended with Gene, Sissy and the four boys leaving on a boat on the river. Gene had to leave Ashley June behind. Sniffs. It starts the day after, while they are still on the river. I must admit that it took me a little time to get used to the writing. I blame it on me having gotten so picky with things I read these past months :p But I did end up loving it, so I don't mind much. The book is still from the point of view of Gene. And I loved that. Because I find Gene to be an amazing character. He's a bit broken, though. Which I loved even more. There were a few things about him that annoyed me, but yeah, I did love him. He's kind and smart. He doesn't like to open up at first, but he does. I did love that as well. Just wish it had been written even longer (A) Hih. We also learn more about his father. And the Scientist. I must admit that I did not like his father much. I mean, he isn't in the book. Not really. But we read a lot about him, and at first Gene seems to have some hate for him. And I loved that very much. But then he changes his mind, and starts loving him again. I did not approve of that. I mean, yes, I do understand him. But yeah. I still think his father is an asshole, to be honest. I mean, he left his son alone, when he was still just a kid, with a whole bunch of evil vampires. And no friends, family, or other humans. Yeah. I did not like his dad. At all.There are vampires in this book. At least, I think they are. The people in this book don't call them that. They call them Duskers. Which is a fitting name. But yeah. Pretty sure they are vampires :) They are a lot different than others that I have read about, and I loved that a lot. They are interesting. And exciting. And scary and creepy. Also kind of perfect. I did enjoy reading about them a lot. Mentioned them more in my review of The Hunt, so I won't do that now :) Anyway. They are an amazing plot twist.Most of this book is about Gene and Sissy. And there is some romance between them as well. And I did like that. I wanted them together. Kind of. I also liked Ashley June a lot, though. But she wasn't there. Most likely dead. We do get to know for sure, though. Good thing: Gene feels guilty for feeling things for Sissy. I'm glad for that. But I am upset that I didn't feel that much of the romance. Just didn't feel it :\ But I still loved it, and I did want for more. So yeah. I am super excited for the last book ;)One thing I didn't like were the four boys with Sissy. Well, okay, yes, I did like Jacob and Ben and David. But mostly because they were kids. And they were adorable. I did not like Epap, though. He was about the age of Gene and Sissy. And he was kind of in love with Sissy. Which made him a total asshole, to be honest. Didn't like him much. Might have approved of him at the ending, but still ;) The five of them, the ones who had lived in the Dome, they were a bit stupid in the beginning. At least to me. But they got better. A lot better. And I did like reading about them all. Sigh. I just wanted more and more.We get to see a new place in this book. The Mission. This little place of paradise where a few hundred humans live. It is kind of amazing. For Gene and them, the first days. But then they see how it really is there. And my god. It gave me shivers. This place is awful. Goddamn awful. And I loved reading about it so much. I do love these awful places. It's a "town" run by a bunch of old men, The Elders. There are just young girls there. No boys or men. Or older woman. It is awful. And so good.I won't say what happens at this place. But yeah. It's amazing to read about. And I kind of wanted another 100 pages about it. But then a lot more gruesome things would have to happen. Would not have wanted that. A lot of awful things do happen, though. Like the branding of the girls. It was not nice. And the thing they did to their feet! AH! *Shudders.* But also so good. I'm conflicted. I hated that there were a lot of rape in this village, though. We never got to see it, but I was sure it was happening.I won't share more of the plot now. Have shared a few important things ;) But there is a lot more happening in this book. And it is all so amazing. You really must read The Prey if you have read The Hunt. And if you haven't read the first one yet, you must get on that ;) We get to learn so much in this book. But I also wished we had learned more. But it was also enough. The ending of this book is kind of awful. There is a small hope right at the end, last page. But it doesn't matter. Not when you think back to what happened the few pages before that. And yeah. I really need the third book right now!There is a lot happening in The Prey. Lots of exciting things. Lots of death. Some happy things. But it was all amazing to read about. And I never wanted to stop reading this book. Wished it had been longer. But I cannot wait for the third book, so I'm glad there is another one coming out :) I really enjoyed this book. Even though I am giving it a four star, because I didn't love it as much as the first one. But it was still so good and a really great read. I'm glad I got to read it. And I will re-read it someday :)Thank you to Andrew for writing these amazing books. And thank you to St. Martin's Press for letting me read and review this book more than a month before it comes out. You really must get it in January :)

  • Sultanah Boraie
    2019-05-11 00:08

    Here's the thing—once i finished reading the first book in the series i felt no compelling need to write a review, and the moment i finished its sequel, i knew why.With this series, you dont realize how much is off about the first book until you read the second. And that in itself is a flaw, especially with dystopian series. The kind of information you'd want to know being introduced to a new world is only given, in this case, in the SECOND book of the series rather than the first. I'd hate to spoil it for you, but anyone reading this series would know exactly what i mean. But that's the problem, no one would bother continuing it if their primary questions weren't answered to begin with..All that aside, Andrew Fukuda's way with words is remarkable; every single word charmed me, never once failing to lure me into the pits of the spine-chilling world described in the series. Barely any character description is given, but when it is, it's like poetry amidst chaos, heaven in hell. I relished it.

  • Sierra Abrams
    2019-05-20 17:15

    The Prey by Andrew FukudaBook 2 in a trilogy5/5 stars(I tried to keep this spoiler free for those who haven't read the first book, but read at your own risk...)Bear with me. I finished this book last night. I am STILL in shock.Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I really genuinely loved the first book. (I rated it a little lower because I couldn't stomach some of the scenes...but really. It was BRILLIANT.) And that cliffhanger, right? Ok well this was worse.ANDREW FUKUDA I LOVE YOU.Currently sitting in my chair contemplating the meaning of life because of this book. And I can't say anything to you all because...well...you might not have read it. But really. It was right under my nose (see book for reference) the WHOLE TIME and I didn't have a clue. I thought I was guessing some things but then...nope. I've come to the conclusion that Andrew is smarter than 90% of all life on this planet....or he just knows how to weave a really great story. Or both. Either is fine with me. And totally believable.Can we talk about how much I love Gene? Because I LOVE Gene. He is so incredible. I could kiss him. I love that this book has a male narrator - if it had been a girl, it wouldn't have had the same weight. I love female narrators, don't get me wrong, but I don't pass up any opportunity to read sci-fi from a man's POV. (See Tempest.)And then there are the side characters - Sissy, Ben, Epap, Jacob, David...and some new faces. Clair, Krugman, the elders, the pregnant women. And we see some great returns, too, one of which I totally called. There was another I wasn't so sure about and...yeah. Zipping my mouth shut now.Also - Sissy grew on me so much within the first 50 pages. I liked her before, sure, but now I just LOVE her. She's a rockstar. I want to be like Sissy. She has so much to offer to this story and I can say that she definitely eased some of my pain about that one character in The Hunt who made incredible sacrifices and made me SO SAD. Sissy was like a salve on my wounds.Can you all just read this book? Kthxbai.This book reminds me of...Creepy men (seriously, I'm not joking)Pregnant women (again, not even kidding you)Prisons disguised as safe havensSuspense that just hangs in the air even though nothing is happening and everything feels safeOne single word that I can't say because it gives away the entire ending (if you've read it, you KNOW)Incredibly complex plot twists that blow my mind to piecesTrains. Scary trains.Incredibly amazing book boys that deserve to go into a hall of fame or somethingNearly drowningEtc, etc.(Basically all this book reminds me of is horrifying and creepy things, and somehow this is a good thing. Pregnant women, in of themselves, are not creepy, but his book....... *dies* Don't ask me how Fukuda did it, but he did.)Summary(Spoilers for the 1st book!)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.

  • Jon
    2019-05-05 18:30

    Seen At Scott Reads ItThis is what you want then? I say. To be chased, to be hunted? To be their prey your whole life? Born prey, die prey? I look at them in turn. This is our chance to be more than prey. I am now convinced that 2013 is the Year Of The Sequel. Every single sequel I have read that comes out in 2013 has been better than it's predecessor (Through The Ever Night, Asunder,The Prey, The Lives We Lost, Vortex). Notice also that all of these superior sequels are also the second book in a trilogy. Sorry that was me trying to act all philosophical and smart.The Prey is a remarkable sequel that was truly captivating and it definitely outshines its predecessor. I loved how Fukuda introduced a whole new dystopian society in The Prey. This society was incredibly original and it seems like it was based on ancient Chinese customs. It was really interesting to learn how the "Duskers" came to be and how the world became so devastated.The Prey was fast-paced with tons of action scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. Andrew Fukuda starts off The Prey with a thrilling beginning that really enthralled me. For the most part The Prey was filled to the brim was unpredictable plot twists that I definitely didn't see coming. There was one plot twist which was very predictable but other than that The Prey was definitely unpredictable. The action scenes in this book were definitely addicting to read and I wish there were more of them. The ending of The Prey perfectly resolved everything and it has made me desperate for the 3rd book. One can only hope that I can score an ARC because I need to find out what happens next.Fukuda's writing takes a bit of time to get used to because it is incredibly detailed. At first Fukuda's writing style irritated me at first but that's probably because I'm extremely impatient. I didn't want to hear a vivid description of the waterfalls, I wanted some awesome vampire battle scenes. At a few chapters I realized I was being utterly ridiculous because the prose was fantastic once you get used to it. Even though Fukuda's writing style irritated me at first, it soon became one of my components of The Prey. One of my complaints about The Hunt was that it was mostly plot oriented and so the characters felt a bit undeveloped. In The Prey Fukuda adds a lot more character development but he still manages to keep the plot really entertaining. Sorry Gene but you are no longer my favorite character in The Hunt Trilogy. Sissy takes the cake for being the most take charge and dedicated character I have read about recently. Truthfully I think Gene should pass the title of leader of the group to Sissy because she is one kick ass character, I wish I could say that I had as much fighting spirit as she has.I don't really have much critcism regarding The Prey and I am very thankful to St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. The Prey is an action-packed sequel that enthralls the reader in a frightening world beyond compare. Fukuda masterfully concocted a wildly original sequel that will leave readers of The Hunt begging for more.

  • nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
    2019-04-28 00:09

    THE PREY by Andrew Fukuda was a novel that I highly anticipated reading because it's predecessor, THE HUNT was gruesome and highly addictive. I truly did not believe that any other book could be so unsettling and twisted, but I was wrong because THE PREY proved vampires are NOT the only thing to fear.As I returned to this world of carnivorous vampires and remaining humans I am immediately thrust into the chaos that Gene and his tiny group are trying desperately to overcome. Escaping the vampires was one challenge, now they find themselves on a journey that they have no idea is going to end. Will it lead them to the land the milk and honey? and what will they find there? Believe me when I say that it is not what I expected and if I was disturbed by what they had endured while living among vampires it was nothing compared to the "stepford" girls and mysterious elders of the exiled mountain community they arduously encounter. Land of milk and honey? How about land of abuse and lascivious old men? It did not take long before the creepiness of this community made my skin crawl as it's utopian facade faltered with issues that were too disturbing to ignore. Yet, I could not stop reading. I wanted to know what this mysterious community was all about and when my suspicions were confirmed and the cold, harsh reality was finally revealed I was still left stunned and speechless. Just when I thought I could not get any more disturbed Andrew Fukuda demonstrated that he could push that envelope a little bit more.Despite it's disturbing nature THE PREY will pull you in and hold you captive. Yes, It's that good. Fast paced and well written with moments of pulse pounding action and heart break that will leave you swathed in tissue. You will also adore Gene, Sissy and the boys and want them to survive no matter what. This series is a must read for those that don't shy away from horror. It is the perfect mix of Vampires meet THE HUNGER GAMES, and while it sounds corny and oh so wrong you will totally understand and devour this series in one sitting.

  • Denisa
    2019-04-28 17:11

    So, čte se to parádně a člověk se nenudí. I když je to místy trochu průhledný. Pořád tam jsou ale hrozně nelogický věci, něco málo se sice vyjasnilo, ale pořád ne všechno a jsou tam drobnosti, který prostě logiku nemaj a nemůžou mít, řekla bych. No, na Past jsem celkem zvědavá. Třeba se vyjasní aj něco víc. Jo a ty 4 hvězdičky jsou zatím jen orientační.

  • Crystal
    2019-05-03 20:05

    Well color me surprised! After really disliking the first one I really though there was no hope but WOW what a sequel!! See just goes to show sometimes you shouldn't ever give up on a series...more to come later..Thanks Kristy for being my BBP and reading this one with me!!

  • Shay
    2019-05-04 20:06

    This sequel was really well thought out! I was impressed with the plot and how everything just unravels. Oh and of course the random twists and turns you have to navigate to finally find the truth! If you haven't read The Hunt then STOP READING! Gene, Sissy, and the gang are still running from the vamps and trying their best to survive the Vast! They've done wonders staying alive up to this point and are in for more death defying feats as they discover a commune of fellow humans hidden in the mountains. This crazy place is led by a group of paunchy old men referred to as The Elders who prefer to talk in riddles or completely ignore any inquiries made of them. The Civilisation brings up more questions day by day. From their strict behavioral codes and regulations to the disturbing lack of any males other then toddlers or the Elders to the plethora of pregnant young women, this location is all sorts of disturbing! The scientist left clues leading them here but he is no where to be found! When you think you finally start piecing things together more things fall apart!

  • Michaela
    2019-05-01 16:22

    Tak napínavé pomerne dosť, ale také predvídateľné až strach. Neuveriteľné prežitie, nechápem, že to tak autor naťahuje...

  • usagi ☆ミ
    2019-04-28 23:26

    While not quite as satisfying as book one, "The Prey" is still a great middle book for this trilogy, and gives us some much-needed information and more excellent worldbuilding based on what Fukuda gave us in "The Hunt". And tons of more action and tension, too. But the lack of satisfaction has me looking all the more forward to the release of "The Trap", which should be released later this year. "The Prey" isn't the most exciting sophomoric effort of 2013 so far, but it's still a very solid and important installment in "The Hunt" trilogy.In a very Tolkienian move, most of "The Prey" is dedicated to the journey to what the dome hepers call the outside world The Land of Milk and Honey - so there's a lot of walking. Prepare yourself for it. But at the same time, it's not boring journeying - much of the time Gene, Sissy, and the rest are being chased by either the vampires or, in a surprising and rather ballsy move on Fukuda's part, by their own kind. Be it in the continuing Hunt or just on the lam, Gene and Sissy's group is almost constantly on the run, and even when they're not, the tension, the pressure and urge one feels as the reader is absolutely palpable, and Fukuda has improved even more in that technical area, building upon momentous talent that was already there in the first place.We get a whole bumper crop of new characters in this book, too - literally, a whole village full. Much like Ann Aguirre's "Outpost", this book too is arranged around the idea of an outpost (or as it's known in this book, "The Mission"), a last bastion of humanity in the world full of the supernatural literally wanting to devour them. There are a lot of similarities between the two books, but it ends where the creepy groupthink of the men of the Mission force upon the girls of the village, and Gene, Sissy, and the rest land smack in the middle of it all. This really tests the group's loyalties to each other, and makes the reader ask themselves - if you've spent your life on literal display in front of people who will eat you, would you abandon your life on the run for a simple basic pleasures even if the people providing them are more than a bit dodgy and abusive to one of the people in your group of friends? It's something that really does make you think and put your brain in where it might go if it's in survival mode. While these new characters aren't very fleshed out, they're fleshed out enough to contribute to the worldbuilding in terms of backstory, and where things might go from here. So in the end, they served their purpose.While I feel like this book could have been edited and certain events and big reveals could have been sped up and exposed compared to how late they were revealed as things stand as they are now, some of the backstory we get from the Mission's elders is absolutely insane and stunning. We get to see more of the world outside of the Institute and the dome - we find out where the Metropolis/Institute is geographically, and we find out how far in the future we are (hint: it's pretty far). A lot of info but not clustered into too many dumps - I'd say that Fukuda interspaced them pretty well with the creepy Mission people's behavior. When writing a second book in a trilogy, the danger of too many infodumps too close together is pretty large, but he managed to overcome it. I love that Fukuda can keep me on my toes when it comes to mystery and worldbuilding - just when you think you know the rules of this world, Fukuda will totally turn things on their head, and give you just barely enough time to digest, and then send you on the run once more. I did want a little more out of this one - though I'm glad that the romance was downplayed as much as it could have been (a good move on Fukuda's part for sure), but glad all the same it was there. I can't even put my finger on exactly what I wanted more of (maybe a little more active chasing from the vampires? That's definitely one of them), but I just needed more than I was given. I suppose we'll get more in the next book.Final verdict? While not as satisfying as book one for me, I'd say that "The Prey" largely escapes Middle Book Syndrome and gives another delicious bite of this crazy vampire-filled world. Also, can I just say that I love that Fukuda dedicated it to his grandmother? That's adorable. "The Prey" is out now in North America by St. Martin's Griffin, so be sure to check it out when you get the chance!(posted to goodreads, shelfari, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)

  • Shaheen
    2019-05-18 19:13

    Ohhh. It’s set in our future. Right.That’s pretty much all I got from this book – and it was through pages and pages of info-dumping conversation between Gene, Sissy and a guy who turned out to be the villain. But hey, you don’t hear me complaining because I finally figured out what was going on in terms of world-building. One of the things I don’t understand, though, is why the person telling us the history of this world uses terms that we, as 21st century people in this world, understand, but it’s highly unlikely that Gene and Sissy would have understood half of what was said because they don’t know the appropriate history, terminology and lack the proper context. But readers are meant to turn a blind eye to it.Basically, the author proposes that the vampiric disease began in Sri Lanka, a small and conveniently isolated part of our world. It was designed to be a genetic weapon, and of course, everything went terrifically wrong. Initially, the island was converted quickly, but the contagion was contained, and those infected were dying off. At this point our speaker pauses for a breath, and Gene, stupidly, asks “And that’s how it ended?” I do not blame the speaker at all for laughing so hard. Gene – you’ve lived with the infected all your life, and here you are, idiotically asking if that was it, if they all disappeared. What. A. Moron.I don’t think Fukuda handled this aspect well; all world building elements are conveyed in a rather amateurish fashion, and I can’t bring myself to be impressed with it.Which is sad, because there’s really nothing else to be impressed about in this book. All the things I loved about The Hunt – Gene’s struggle to survive in such a hostile environment, the tantalising hints that the author dropped about the survival of humanity, the hilarious conclusions the vampires came to regarding humans – are all absent from The Prey. I had to make do with an annoying, childish cast, a stupid, selfish hero, and a run-of-the-mill dystopian society that bored me. Everything in this book is predictable, straight forward, and clumsily executed.Gene is insufferable in this novel. Nothing about him makes sense – when he realises that there is something very weird happening in the mountain refuge called the Mission, he basically bumbles around causing trouble and demanding answers. All it does it hurt the people around him. He falls in with yet another girl, and now he’s got weird confused feelings for three of them. It doesn’t help that he has zero experience in expressing his emotions, which I know he can’t be blamed for, but it makes for an intensely boring book where Gene can’t figure out what it means when people frown, gasp or look at him funny.There is a lot of action in this book, which is probably its saving grace. I think Andrew Fukuda showed us in The Hunt that he can write action sequences well, and it continues to show in this book. There were times where my heart was pounding, and I was rooting for the team to be successful. However, I feel like the team argued a lot between themselves over who was going to do what. Any time some one needed to risk their life for the others, everyone needed to stop and argue for five minutes over who was going to do it (wasting time people, aren’t those vampires faster than cheetahs?). It didn’t matter anyway frequently it was decided that Sissy or Epap would do something, only to have Gene tag along, instead of taking care of the younger kids like a smart person would. But for Gene, it’s always about number one.I’m not sure how eager I will be to read the third and final volume of this series. I do want to see Gene figure out his and Sissy’s role in everything, to finally get to the bottom of the mystery that is his father, to get more than a glimpse of what life is like outside the two sheltered environments that we have seen so far. But I don’t think I can read much more about Gene, Sissy and the rest of the gang.If you pick this up, I sincerely hope you enjoy it a lot more than I did.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.You can read more of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic.

  • Megan
    2019-05-14 16:18

    THE HUNT, book one in Andrew Fukuda’s vampire dystopian trilogy, was kind of a mixed bag for me. I think I enjoyed it. It required throwing a lot of disbelief out the window and enjoying the ridiculous of it all.This GIF represents my feelings on the sequel to THE HUNT. THE PREY is a book that I think I enjoyed. But only THINK because as I sit here a few days after finishing it, I am at a loss about my feelings. I give it three stars because I am caught between two and four – two because it had little to do with THE HUNT and it tried so hard to be provocative, four because it really did make me think and I found this new world to be quite intriguing in a ridiculous, unlikely sort of way. I’m going to try and figure this book out as I review, so my rating might actually change thanks to me writing down my thoughts, my feelings, etc. Please bear with.A SEQUEL THAT DIVERGES FROM THE ORIGINALWhereas THE HUNT was about a boy trying to survive by blending in to a bloodthirsty world dominated by vampires (called Duskers in this world), THE PREY decided to go a different route. In THE PREY, we find our hero gene in the middle of a human-filled pseudo-cult deep in the mountains away from the city. Gone are the constant fears of being discovered, replaced with paranoia and obvious twists that are obvious. The Mission is run by a stereotypical cult-leader villain with the same tropes you might find in a misogynistic ruler – he surrounds himself with teenage girls and young women in a perpetual state of being pregnant, their feet bound and broken at a young age to keep them from escaping, along with a whole host of other male-dominated society tropes along the lines of just being misogynistic in every single way. Except this one is a huge cult, they’re run by obese men, and Jim Jones probably would have paled at the thought of this man. But not in the, “Oh my God you’re evil!” way. More like, “You are an embarrassment for cult psychopaths everywhere, man whose name I cannot remember.”But you know what? I kind of enjoyed it, because like in THE HUNT, the premise was quite frankly ridiculous. I turned off my disbelief and enjoyed the weird, from the strange plot to the crazy turns and twists as things spiraled out of control. BUT HEY, FUKUDA CAN WRITEOne of the best things about this series is Fukuda’s ability to spin a story. The prose is great, and for the most part, the story never gets boring. It’s tightly wound and dramatic mixed with the elegance of being written really well compared to a lot of YA out there – relegated to drab, uninspired prose as if teens don’t understand big words. Isn’t that the best part of reading sometimes – learning new words that make you all big and smart?The story might be ridiculous, but Fukuda can weave a story that keeps you on the edge of your street. I was legit cheering for the people to wise up, which might not be the best thing to be rooting for. I just wanted them to see the obvious, which actually maybe made the book a bit sillier. You know, I think my rating will stay at 3. It was crazy, sometimes over the top, and ridiculous in its plotting, but it was a good time to be had for a few hours, and if you’ve read book one, you might as well read book two – although some haven’t liked the strange turn it took right into the neighborhood of Crazy Town. VERDICT: Although not as strong as THE HUNT, THE PREY is an acceptable, fairly decent sequel – even though it massively diverges from the plot of the original. If you’ve read THE HUNT and really enjoyed it, check it out. Otherwise, skip it.

  • Braiden
    2019-05-08 18:06

    4.5 stars.Andrew Fukuda returns full force with a sequel that grapples you as soon as you begin reading, as if you were the book’s prey. The Prey picks up where we left Gene, Sissy, Epap, Ben, Jacob, and David at the end of The Hunt as they escape the Duskers, the vampire/zombie-esque race that dominates Fukuda’s post-apocalytpic world. In The Prey Gene and the hepers are in search for the Land of Milk and Honey, Fruit, and Sunshine that the Scientist – who we learn is Gene’s father at the end of The Hunt – spoke of in his journals and teachings at the Heper Institute while escaping the Duskers. On the way to discovering this mysterious paradise that was spoken so highly of they come across a compound village, The Mission, that at first seems safe and inviting but really is a prison, a misogynistic and prejudiced little society under the surface, full of lies and secrecy. While at this remote but thriving village Gene, Sissy and the other surviving “hepers” learn more about their world’s history, about the whereabouts of Gene’s father, about the cure for the Duskers, and if there really is a paradise called the Civilisation at all.The thing with The Hunt and The Prey is that it’s pretty easy to not be fooled. Early on, you can guess who is who, what is what, etc., because everything really is in plain sight. If you read these books knowing how Fukuda writes them and sets up his twists early your premature guesses may be correct 95% of the time as there is a lot of foreshadowing throughout. I know my assumptions were correct, which did sort of add a guessing game element to the story when reading. However, despite that, Fukuda’s writing, storytelling and world building are the strongest elements of The Prey, mature and effortless at the same time. From the first chapter Fukuda throws a ton of action in your face, and the story flows like a raging torrent from then, full of action, full of conflict, sweeping you up in Gene’s struggles until the end presents itself.Gene has become ever more realistic in The Prey with him struggling to identify who he was in the past to who he is in the present through memories and inner conflicting thoughts, as well as identifying the father he knew before to the proclaimed “Scientist” he is known by the other hepers and people of The Mission and the secret identity Gene’s father had hidden from him. Not only is The Prey a story about physical survival, it is a story about emotional struggles. This struggle is seen in Gene for most of the book, as well as in his band of Heper Institute-survivors while living in The Mission. Each of the characters besides Gene, particularly that of Sissy and Epap, are further developed, with trust, leadership, and uncertainty being influences for the conflicting dynamics between them. Fukuda’s story has evolved tremendously since the first book, much more visual, much more realised.There was a lot to take in in The Prey, from the expansion of this Dusker-dominated world, to The Mission, to the importance of Gene as the protagonist, to Gene’s father, to the mysterious Civilisation. Due to the intensity filled, fear inducing, heart thumping, action packed story, this series is one that will have boys thoroughly entertained, and just like me, clamouring for the third book now.

  • ☕ Kimberly
    2019-05-02 23:20

    *Scratches wrist* I absolutely loved The Hunt book one in this trilogy and was excited to begin The Prey. My plan was to read a few chapters and then continue with another ARC I was reading. Not! Fukuda plunges us right back into the tale and the pacing and world building held me captive and I literally consumed this in a few hours. This is such a terrifying and original tale. Fukuda is brilliant and I can barely wait for the final book.The tale begins exactly where the Hunt ended and we are on the river with Gene, Sissy and the other hepers. They travel in search of the “Land of Milk and Honey” that the scientist; Gene’s father described to them. These six become a family and look out for each other. They find clues left for them by the scientists, and make their way into the mountains where they discover a utopia of sorts, led by a group of elders. Together Gene and Sissy try to discover more about Gene’s father and the “origin” everyone is so insistent they have. They quickly discover all is not what it seems and the tale that unfolds is absolutely riveting.We really get to know Gene and the other six in this tale now that they are away from the Hunters. Sissy is strong, firm in her conviction and mother to the other boys from the Dome. I loved her leave no man behind philosophy. Each of the six draws on and uses lessons that were taught to them by Gene’s father, “the scientist”. Gene struggles to come to terms with his father’s abandonment and his loss of Ashley Lynn. Fukuda really captured Gene's struggle to acclimate to both the verbal and emotional expressions of the others. For years he learned to show no emotions and a few times he expressed himself by scratching his wrists. At times he struggled with their noise levels and sought solitude. The Elders and townsfolk were fascinating right down to their laws. Some of the character's had a creepy robotic feel to them and it was fascinating getting to the underbelly of this community and its inhabitants. There is love, loss and sacrifice and Fukuda makes us feel all of it through these fleshed out characters.I love world-building and my only complaint for book one was that I wanted to know more of how and why. Fukuda satisfied my quench in this middle book as he deliciously delivers the how and why and it felt genuine and downright creepy. We are provided clues as to direction this tale will take, and a horrifying glimpse of the dangers we will face as they journey on their quest. The tale flowed wonderfully with twists and turns that kept me from setting the book down. Sissy and Gene are very important to this tale, and I found their relationship to be sweet and endearing. We learn what the “origin” is and I cannot wait to see how he ties everything together in the final book. The tale leaves us on edge with another tremendous cliffhanger and startling revelation. I screamed and shouted why and then squealed with delightful in anticipation of the outcome. Thankfully the final book will be released in Sept of 2013 and I have every confidence that it will be epic. I want to thank St. Martin for sending me a finished copy in exchange for my unbiased review. Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  • Beth(YA Books Central)
    2019-04-22 18:06

    Where do I even begin? If you loved the Hunger Games, Twilight, or just love to read a dystopian book with heart-pounding, non-stop action and suspense then this series IS FOR YOU!!If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would and I would put it in BOLD numbers!!! WOW! This sequel is just intense. There are no other words except INTENSE!!!!!!!!! I started this book and finished it in 3 days.Andrew Fukuda weaves an breath-taking, suspense filled story that keeps you turning long into the night. I loved everything about this book. It has everything from horror to mystery to a tale of survival and family. The characters are written perfectly in every aspect. Gene and Sissy are both strong, intense, driven characters and I felt as though I was living every moment with them. They have a sense of family and care for their other friends as though their lives depend on it. Gene is by far one of my most favorite characters in this novel. He has survived and overcome so much. In The Hunt he lives within a horde of vampires and somehow manages to blend in and survive. He finds Sissy and the others and together they overcome the odds and become free. Out of all the scenes in The Prey, my most favorite is when they are on the river. Their vulnerability and survival techniques are fascinating. They manage to live and survive on the boat with each other and each night when the vampires arrive and try their might to reach them, it just makes you cringe. Andrew Fukuda's writing style is incredible. I cringed and felt emotions as I was reading just as though I were there with them. The horrific way they vampires are described is wild. Their lust and greed for the "hepers" is intense. I love how "The Scientist" is still so involved in this story even though he is not living each account with them. He is so involved in this story even though he is not there in person. He gives the group a sense of hope and security and this is what they hang on to that keeps them going and fighting.In The Prey the group are introduced to a new "experience," I call it an experience because that is exactly what it is...A life experience that the group will have to live through to survive and thrive. The "cult" they come into is filled with so many mysteries and puzzles. As they delve into this new "town" the discover so many more horrors and answers start to come to light. I think one of the reasons why I am so drawn to this series is because everything in the story means something. Its a mystery waiting to be solved with little clues introduced along the way. I could not draw myself away from this book...I could not wait to get all the clues and put them together and discover the mystery. Along the way you find out several key pieces that makes everything start to make sense yet keeps you hanging on to learn more. Needless to say, this fast paced story is fantastic, incredible, heart-stopping, creepy, and so much more. I cant wait to read the conclusion and to see where and how this story ends. I have a feeling that Gene, Sissy, Epap, Jacob, David, and Ben have a lot more turns and surprises that they have yet to face and I cant wait to live every moment with them......