Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thorough Thursday: The Prey by Andrew Fukuda (#2)


The Prey by Andrew Fukuda
Book 2 in a trilogy
5/5 stars
My review for:  The Hunt (#1)

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 havens
Suspense that just hangs in the air even though nothing is happening and everything feels safe
One 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 pieces
Trains.  Scary trains.
Incredibly amazing book boys that deserve to go into a hall of fame or something
Nearly drowning
Etc, 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.

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