Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Prey Review

304 pages

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.

The world created here in which humans are food and vampires rule is frightening and full of peril. This book picks up right where the last one left off, with Gene and the hepers he helped to save, trying to stay a step ahead of the society. Although Gene and the others feel like they are on the right track to paradise, nothing can prepare them for the reality of the world beyond the city. Gene is still a strong main character although you can tell he still is conflicted within himself after having to live as a vampire for all these years. Sissy is impressing in her strength and ability to help make sure that the others are safe as well as figuring out the clues left behind by the Scientist. There are a number of returning characters as well as a whole host of new ones we meet as Gene and the others continue on their journey. This journey is one of danger and a true test to loyalty and the bonds between Gene and the other hepers. I love the fact that the author opened up the world for us so that we can see what it's like in places other than the city. There is so much action and mysteries to solve that this is just one of those books that you can't put down. I definitely recommend this novel if you like dystopian fiction and books about vampires but make sure to pick up The Hunt first.


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