The Trap (The Hunt #3) by Andrew Fukuda
Published November 1, 2013 by Simon & Schuster
Source: the publisher
Rating: 3.5 stars
From the blurb: 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.
The Trap by Andrew Fukuda is the final book in The Hunt series. This was initially a series I had little interest in, then I read book one and was hooked on Fukuda’s world building and action-packed stories.
The Trap picks up where The Prey left off: Gene, Sissy, David, and Epap are on a train along with the young girls that escaped The Mission. They arrive at the Ruler’s Palace and from there they must decide if they help the Originators or The Ruler.
Right from the start this book was go, go go. The opening scene was vivid, scary, and made my heart race. What Gene and the gang find at the Palace is just as disturbing as everything else they’ve seen along the way – Fukuda always pushes the creepy-barrier and this is definitely a world I’d never want to visit!
I’ve always liked Gene, he’s done well to have survived as a Heper for so long in the vampires’ world. The same can be said for Sissy, she’s an amazingly strong girl. The two make a great pair, not only because they’re The Origin, but because they care about each other so much.
The plot in this book was just as I expected: fast and action-packed. There was never a dull moment and there was a lot to take in. I found the ending almost lost me, I was confused as to why the characters seemed so surprised by the big reveal, but this didn't dampen my enjoyment.
Overall this has been a satisfying series and each book has been equally good. I have always pondered certain aspects of the world Fukuda has created, but it still feels well thought out. I highly recommend this to any YA reader who thinks they’re over vampires books – this series is so different.
Thank you to the fantastic people at Simon & Schuster for my review copy.