DNF Chronicles: The Hunt

DNF Chronicles: The HuntThe Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Series: The Hunt #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 8th 2012
Pages: 293
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Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?


Once upon a time, the phrase DNF (Did Not Finish) was not in our vocabulary. But with reviewing, comes those unexpected reads that simply do not click. These unfortunate DNF reads are cataloged within the DNF Chronicles.

Even though we did not click, we hope that you will still give any of the books featured a shot.


Read to: page 80ish of 304

The Final Straw:
The Hunt and its vampire-ish creatures… the concept was almost too obscure for me to buy into. While I enjoyed the quirks of these creatures (wrist scratching to indicate laughter), the 'what are they' / 'how did they come to be' questions become too overwhelming without many concrete details.

Did I want Fukuda to over-analyze these beings, their history, and genetic makeup? Maybe not. But in order to full immerse myself and believe in them, I feel that a certain amount of understanding is required. Some have likened the book to a paranormal Hunger Games, and from what I read, I can see where this connection may be based. However, regardless of The Hunger Games vibe, I found that I could not look past the rocky foundation of the book. And after so many pages with question upon question lingering with no sign of relief, it became more and more apparent that The Hunt was not the book for me.

Re-Try-Ability: Level 3
AKA: Where we freely admit that a book's inability to be finished could lie solely at our feet. We are all moody readers after all. 

Re-Try-Ability is classified into five levels. The higher the level, the more we would be willing to give the book another shot.

I once read an article about The Hunt where a publisher said (and I am paraphrasing) 'read 80 pages and you will be hooked.' Although I did not get much further than 80 pages, I can see why she would say this. When I decided to give up on The Hunt, things were starting to look up plot wise. But the lack of world building was too overpowering for me to ignore.

That being said, I have read plenty of reviews where other readers adore The Hunt. And maybe I was wrong to give up so easily. But for now, The Hunt remains DNF and maybe one day, I will try it again.

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4 responses to “DNF Chronicles: The Hunt

  1. Angel (Mermaid Vision Books)

    I’m really surprised that you DNF’d this one! I loved it from the first page, but I can understand your reasons for letting it go. You’re right though, there are a ton of questions and most are only answered in the last third of the book. Even the MC’s name isn’t revealed until about halfway through the story.

    • Kate

      I was really surprised that I DNF this one to. I think that if things had unfolded differently, I probably would have finished it. But I get really frustrated with books when I have read hundreds of pages before I really get an idea about what is going on.

  2. Bummer, I really loved this novel and its in my top ten list right now. I had questions too, especially about how humans became extinct, but loved the whole horrifying concept.

  3. Interesting review! What I had heard of it so far was more positive, so it’s good to hear something different. It’s definitely one I’ll have to think about before I decide whether to read it or not.

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