Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.
Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?
OK, well. I thought I had seen it all in terms of vampires, and then Andrew Fukuda went ahead and proved me wrong. A human hiding among the vampires in a world where the vamps are the majority race and humans are all but extinct? Yes, there’s an angle I never remember reading before. Or at least, not specifically the way it’s done here. So I was pretty excited going in to this one and I was really hoping that it would live up to my expectations. It did, for the most part. I found it to be a basically unique take on the vampire mythology.
I also loved, loved, loved that the vamps were totally gross. I do believe that beautiful, seductive vamps have their place in some stories but every now and again I think a good horror story where things that are terrible actually look terrible is a very good thing. Sometimes the shimmery beautiful boys and stunning girls grow kind of tiresome.
Gene’s existence is extremely sad. Everyone he loves is dead and he has all but forgotten how to actually be a human. In fact, he doesn’t even remember that he has a name until halfway through the book. See? Sad, right? He’s all about fitting in and pretending to have no emotions, no physical reactions, etc. in order to avoid being eaten.
The hunt itself and the events leading up to it are incredibly exciting, but I did find it a little far-fetched that Gene would have been chosen out of all of the vampires in the world to participate. Then again, if he hadn’t there wouldn’t have been a book, right? I also found it the slightest bit hard to believe that with all of their heightened senses the vampires wouldn’t immediately recognize Gene as a human being, but again, if they had caught on to him early on it wouldn’t have been much of a book. So I was willing to forgive these little stretches of the imagination in the name of good entertainment. Some people might have a harder time getting past it, if they’re really a stickler for realism (which sounds funny in a book about vampires, but whatever…you get my meaning).
The book ends on a really high note – it’s quite a cliffhanger, but not one that stops right in the middle of a scene and is extremely annoying. Enough to leave me anxious for the next book, though.