"Against all odds, 17-year-old Gene has survived in a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. The only remaining humans, or hepers as they are known, are housed in domes on the savannah and studied at the nearby Heper Institute. Every decade there is a government sponsored hunt. When Gene is selected to be one of the combatants he must learn the art of the hunt but also elude his fellow competitors whose suspicions about his true nature are growing." taken from goodreads
I first heard of this book at the Christmas Simon & Schuster blogger event. I was instantly intrigued by the look and sound of the plot. I loved the idea of a vampiric / Hunger Games mixture. Here's what I thought.
The cover is HOT!! The guy is stunning, which is an instant pull to the book. The creepy guys in the background tell you that some scary stuff goes down too. I'm interested to see what book two's cover will be like.
On starting this I was pretty scared by the creepy reality that our lead character lives in. He has to hide every thing about his humanness and is completely isolated living alone. But it is from here that I started to feel my first niggles with the book. Obviously this is its own book and I really shouldn't be thinking of the vampires that have been written about before, but I couldn't help it. The way a human is detected in this world just didn't make sense to me. There are some things that would be impossible to hide and yet our lead character seems to be able to do this. The big thing for me was that the vampires could only smell blood if a human (Heper) was cut. I could just not understand this and so made the book some what frustrating for me throughout.
There are however some extremely thrilling turn of events that would be so hard to not be enthralled by. There are many dramatic and action filled scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. I felt so much fear for Gene and constantly worried about where his actions would lead.
The story concludes with a cliff hanger as I expected and definitely left me wanting to know where the story will go next. I will be buying the next instalment for sure - I just need to overcome my vampire baggage!!
Rating 3 Out Of 5
Published In The UK By Simon And Schuster
This Can Be Purchased HERE and from good book retailers