by Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt #3
Published by: St. Martin
From author Andrew Fukuda comes The Trap, the explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy—perfect for fans of The Hunger Games!
After barely escaping the Mission alive, Gene and Sissy face an impossible task: staying alive long enough to stop an entire world bent on their destruction. Bound on a train heading into the unknown with the surviving Mission girls, Gene, Sissy, David, and Epap must stick together and use everything they have to protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again. Now that they know how to reverse the virus, Gene and Sissy have one final chance to save those they love and create a better life for themselves. But as they struggle to get there, Gene's mission sets him on a crash course with Ashley June, his first love . . . and his deadliest enemy.
Since the beginning, I have loved Andrew Fukuda’s twisted Hunt trilogy. His unique take on vampires in The Hunt and then the mind-bending twists of The Prey. The Trap was one of my most anticipated books for 2013 and boy howdy, Fukuda did not disappoint. The Trap was a non-stop, action packed tale, with a conclusion that once again blew my mind. Mini review: smart, spine-chilling, with intense action scenes and revelations that will leave you screaming!
When we open up The Trap, we are still on the train heading into the unknown. Gene, Sissy, David and Epap are all on board. Together they must protect each other from the Duskers and use the cure to save the world. The tale that unfolds is intense, with moments of violence, growth, discovery and danger. Fukuda held me captive and in awe as I flipped the pages in a maddening race to save the world.
Gene and Sissy have struggled time and time again to escape the Duskers, find Gene’s father and save the world. I loved how loyal these two are to their friends. They are fearless, and yet vulnerable allowing me to connect with them. We see growth in Gene as he struggles with life and death situations. He must confront his first love Ashley Jane again, and make difficult choices. Sissy is incredibly brave. She is very comfortable with who she is and what her beliefs are. She just rocked as our heroine. Ashley Jane was creep-tastic, and was a pivotal character in the overall plot for she holds many answers. While there is a romance, and one that has been obvious it was not center stage as the action and plot took over. I mean who has time for kissing when you have Duskers wanting to eat you? The Duskers are creepy and one of the most original vampire species that I’ve ever read about. They lose complete control when they scent a Heper (human) and they turn into a drooling, mindless, pack of wolves. The advisers and ruler at the Palace were freakishly creepy and gave me the shivers.
The entire Hunt series has increased in intensity, with reveals, and questions as Fukuda cleverly steered us towards this final chapter in The Trap. While we didn’t see the stranger side of the Duskers, with their scratching wrists we did see their animalistic side, and it was horrifying. The scenes at the Palace still make me shiver. The search for Gene’s father and the cure has been a central theme throughout the novel and the driving force for Gene and Sissy’s incredible journey. After the big reveal at the end of The Prey regarding the origin and Genesis project, I thought I knew where this ending was headed. Fukuda you clever, wicked man…well done! I stated on Goodreads midway through that Fukuda has a twisted imagination and yet, I would love to have coffee with him. That still holds true. He had complete control of this tale from the beginning and like gears in one of those impossible puzzles all of the pieces suddenly clicked into place and bam! You sit back and look, and cannot believe how brilliant it all is. I still have a few questions, but none that I will lose sleep over. Just my insatiable curiosity. I thought the ending was perfect for this trilogy. I cannot wait to see what Fukuda does next.
The Trap offered a brilliant and satisfying conclusion to the Hunt Trilogy. If you are looking for an epic tale, with a dark, gritty landscape and non-stop action then you should try the Hunt Trilogy.
Four and half cups of coffee out of five
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