When the sun goes down. Start running…
The main character of the book, is Gene. He is 17 and a heper – otherwise known as a human. However with the general population of the world being vampires, Gene has had a very disrupted upbringing. Hepers are all but extinct, as they are the vampire food of choice. To survive Hepers either disguise themselves as vampires or are killed, apart from the few left in captivity.
As with all those who disguise themselves, Gene must remove all traces of his humanity to ensure his survival, he attempts to lead a quiet life, trying not to draw attention to himself.
However, the spotlight it thrust upon him when the The Heper Hunt is announced. It is the biggest event of the decade it begins with a lottery draw, with the winners being granted the ultimate privilege of becoming a hunter in the Heper Hunt.
The Hunt is the only opportunity for vampires to feast on the hepers, therefore they all take the event seriously and act very competitively.
Gene is chosen as one of the lucky winners, meaning he is escorted to the Heper Institute. Here he is expected to become almost crazy with hunger for the hepers, but his true nature is becoming clearer and suspicions begin to arise about him…
Gene is a fantastic character, throughout the book is it easy to relate to him and his thoughts. All the other characters are also great and enrich the book to make it as wonderful as it is. Gene has quite an ironic sense of humour which adds lighter moments to an otherwise fast-paced, action book.
Its an action packed plot and very fast paced and it becomes un-put-down-able.
I found this book brilliant. Vampires are now common place in teenage books, yet this story bought a new side and a very original idea. The plot is gripping and with a male main character, the book is appealing to both genders. In my opinion, this book is a must read for any teenager!
I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, The Prey!