I received this book for free from 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 September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.
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
Hunter is another dystopian fantasy series in which a young girl must save the world, and battle an evil government. Joy is a Hunter, someone trained to hunt the creatures of legend, fables, and nightmares everywhere. She spent most of her life secluded at a monastery on a mountain top after the world fell into disarray following the apocalypse. The creatures she fights were set free into our world and now reek havoc across the globe. One day she receives a summons from her uncle to go to the Capital, and must figure out why she was summoned, and what is really happening. At least this is what I’ve surmised. Honestly, the beginning of the book was filled with so many info dumps, that I found it laborious to read, and even began to consider that Hunter would be a DNF. Joy continuously broke the fourth wall to speak to the audience during her synopsis of how the world went to hell in a hand basket, but instead of being enduring, I found it quite jarring.
Despite finding the book to be incredibly dull, I kept reading, because I hate not finishing books. Once I got 50% of the way through, the story became very interesting. Joy was in the Capital, meeting new Hunters, and investigating… why she was summoned? It’s not really clear, because Joy’s uncle doesn’t tell her what the mystery is, just that they aren’t safe. Along the way she meets a cutie who appears to be her love interest, and was better developed than Joy’s character. By the time I got 75% of the way through the book I realized it had to be the first book in a series, because the story didn’t really get underway until then.
I really hate giving books negative reviews, but Hunter took too long to find its footing storywise. I don’t like info dumps, and prefer to be shown what’s happening than told. Especially when there’s a ton of information being dumped on me at one time. I also didn’t like the strange spelling used in the book that served no purpose. I understand that this is meant to be a post-apocalyptic world, but it felt as if the people had become illiterate, or something. How can you have classic books like Machiavelli’s The Prince to use as a means to study political intrigue, yet not know how to spell “chocolate?”
The world in this book remains a mystery to me, as I don’t feel it was described as well as it could have been. When Joy arrives in the Capital she becomes a part of some reality show, as the lives of Hunters is used as entertainment for the masses. Why the Hunters are celebrities is revealed, yet this aspect of the story doesn’t yield any results or serve a real purpose, and could have been left out all together. Joy is the typical Mary Sue audience stand in. I kept waiting for her to change, but her character stayed the same the entire book for the most part. The two characters I really liked were The White Knight, and the Psimon, Josh. They were pretty well-developed and likable.
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book, as I can’t see how anyone else would have stuck with this as long as I had. I’ve never read anything else by Mercedes Lackey, but I’ve heard her other books are pretty good. From the reviews of those books, I don’t know what went wrong with Hunter, but something did. The sad thing is, it’s not the fact it’s a rehash of The Hunger Games and Divergent. It’s the fact that the first half of the book is just plain boring. The only reason I’m giving it 2.5 out of 5 stars, is because I did begin to enjoy the last half.