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A Reader of Fictions: Rangers - A Fine Frenzy

A Reader of Fictions

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rangers - A Fine Frenzy

The Hunt
The Hunt, Book 1

Author: Andrew Fukuda
Pages: 293
ARC Acquired from: St. Martin's Griffin via NetGalley

Brief Summary:
Gene is a human hiding in a world full of vampires. He follows precise rituals so that they will not realize that he is not one of them. Among these rules are: don't sweat, don't laugh, don't smile, don't get a sunburn, don't squint. If he were ever discovered, he would be consumed immediately. One day, at school, an announcement is made that there will be another heper hunt, a hunt for those like Gene. Lucky him, he's one of the winners of the lottery to participate in hunting the hepers.

To clarify, the people in this book are not actually vampires, but, of all the paranormal creatures, that's the best available description. They cannot be in sunlight, they have fangs and long nails, and they do suck blood. However, these creatures also eat flesh, so they're not quite vampires. They have no hair on their bodies, except their heads, which seems odd. Another big difference is that they age.

He works really hard not to attract notice, following tons of strict rules, like shaving every single day to fit in with these weird vampire creatures that apparently run the world, or at least his part of it. Even with all of his preparation, it seems odd that no one's noticed him yet. Wouldn't they be able to smell him?

I really have to comment on the oddness of some of the rituals the people (aka vampire-like beings have). When they think something's funny, they scratch their wrists. At the prospect of drinking from a heper (human), they drool copiously. Gross! Weirder still, apparently rubbing an elbow into an armpit is equivalent to an intense makeout session. What the what?

The writing really impressed me. The story is told in first person by Gene. The narration is inconsistent, with Gene sometimes referring to himself as one of the people and sometimes identifying himself as a heper in his own thoughts. Rather than coming off as poor editing, this strengthens the tale. Gene has been living among them so long that he hardly knows what he is any more. At times, behaving like a person seems to come instinctively.

The Hunt calls to mind most strongly The Hunger Games, even thought the plot is quite different. The similarities between them are the lottery, although, here, winning the lottery is a lucky thing, and the battle to be number one. The Hunt, too, is a very fast read, full of action and excitement. I will definitely be looking forward to the next action-packed installment, which will hopefully explain some of how this world came to be!

Also, I have to give Fukuda some serious props for his hilarious judgmental commentary of the romantic vampire novels. He's clearly laying into Twilight. Love it!

Rating: 3.5/5

"The rangers stream out of their cabins
They are the hunters and we are the rabbits
Maybe we don't want to be found
Maybe we don't want you tracking us down"

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Blogger Sarah (The Book Life) said...

I have to say, the elbow/armpit thing has me a little thrown...haha. I think I'm going to set this one aside for now, but it's good to know that the story is worth a read. I thought they were vampires, so it's interesting that they are something a little different. Great review :0)

April 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Alex in Leeds said...

What an odd sounding vision of vampires, still it's an interesting sounding premise with the hunt and all!

July 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Threw me too! I laughed so hard when I read that part. Otherwise, I thought it was a fun read, even if it did have some suspension of disbelief issues.

July 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

This one's fun. Just make sure you leave some of your brain at the door!

July 2, 2012 at 11:20 AM  

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