I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Published by Disney-Hyperion on August 14, 2015
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. Monsters. Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it's taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities,behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky. To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people. Joy soon realizes that the city's powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers,and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they're in-to them, Joy and her corp of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, Joy uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them
This book was an interest to me when seeing it for review, and I wanted to see how it would be, seeing that it was to be compared to that of The Hunger Games. I felt meh about the book as it didn’t prove to be do exciting.
The story follows a young girl who is cent from the mountains to the city to be a Hunter but once there she must learn of the new customs and realize that every move she makes is being filmed. But overall, she must realize that she is still a hunter. However, there is something lingering in the back of her mind, something that she seems to question about the reasoning behind the people in charge of the Hunters, a reason why it feels more like a reality tv. Show than a way to help people.
Joyeaux seemed to be a typical female character who starts off in a low ranking and then makes her way up to surpassing everyone. I can now see why it was compared to the Hunger Games. However, there were good parts that did deem to be interesting and kept me wanting to know more. For instance, her hounds. I feel that the bond that she had between them made the story loveable. They would go to the ends of the world to make sure that either of them kept safe.
There is a bit of a romance in the story but not something that is over the top and I am curious to see how this will play out. I thought it was a cute thing to add to the story. Sometimes I feel that authors will over step in the romance and it takes over the main purpose of the story but this was not the case.
In the end, the story picked up and it proved to allow me to finish it. I have many thoughts and wonders to see how this story will continue. The story did not catch my full interest but it might yours. I encourage you to add this to your pile of reads but I for me I could have waited.