Andrew Fukuda's The Hunt was one of my favorite books last year so when I had the opportunity to buy both The Hunt and The Prey on Audiobook on sale I jumped at the chance. I want to get the technical aspects of the Audiobook out of the way before getting into the guts of the review. First off, I loved the narrator his voice was perfect and had a creepiness to it that played nicely against the story. I also loved that I could identify the male and female characters easily. I never had trouble distinguishing between whom was speaking and that was a big plus. Considering this was my very first Audiobook (since I'd already read The Hunt I skipped listening to it and went straight to The Prey), I'm very happy with my purchase.
Now let's take a look at the story shall we? The Prey picks up almost immediately after The Hunt ended. Gene, Sissy, and the boys have successfully avoided the duskers and have made their way to an abandoned cabin in the woods. Much to the groups surprise they find a heper girl who takes them to a village filled with other Humans like them. At first they think the mission is the land of milk and honey Gene's father promised but soon the group learns it is anything but.
Sounds good right? Well yes, it was to a point. The first 80% of the book was great. I loved the creepy mission, finding out the origin's origin (say that 3x fast) and even the obvious turn Sissy and Gene's relationship was heading. I did find the pacing to be a bit slow but I think that was in part to not being used to Audiobooks.
However, at the 81% mark the book did something so inconceivable that I nearly deleted the story right on the spot. Without revealing too much, the problem is Sissy. The group just escapes this horrible situation and is finally making it's way to the actual land of milk and honey when Sissy has this mother Theresa moment and decides the crazy, creepy village needs saved. This was pretty much my reaction when this happened.
The whole let's keep Gene safe which was repeated about a million times throughout the story was thrown out the window all because Sissy would feel guilty leaving them to fend for themselves. I'm sorry but what?!? These people have drugged, beat, maimed and tried to rape you and you still think they deserve help??
Had the book not taken the turn it did I might've ended up loving The Prey. However, even upon relistening to the last half again I can't justify this turn in events for these characters. Sissy better redeem herself in the next book
or die a painful death that would work as well. Will I continue this series? Yes. Would I recommend this Audiobook? Yes. Andrew Fukuda is a talented writer which is why his series translates so well as an Audiobook. However, I have warned you the end might make you see Red so be prepared. With that being said, I will be rating The Prey ★★★.
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