Author: Mercedes Lackey
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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 corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.
When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she 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…
I seem to be of the minority when it comes to this book. A lot of people did not find it enjoyable. I, however, did. I thought it was cute. There were elements that I have seen a million times…BUT there were a few things that I had not come across very often.
Some of the things I liked about this book was:
- The protagonist, Joy. While I can see how many people see her as a self-righteous “turnip”, I admired her selflessness. She always was cool, calm, and collected. That is something I am trying very hard to be more of and it was inspirational to have an example (fictional, or not). I have read reviews where people accused her of being “meek and self-conscious” but I didn’t see her that way. Joy is a strong character that holds on to her values. While she does cry a lot in private, she tries hard holds herself together and doesn’t fall apart. She also doesn’t let what is going on in her life get in the way of her job. I say that being able to keep your head on when you really want to freak is not meek. It’s smart and disciplined.
- The Hounds! Come on! Who wouldn’t want giant dog-like creatures that you go out and kick ass with!
- The Mythological beings. I love reading about the different mythological creatures throughout this book. Wyverns. Red Caps. Knockers. Mages. Vampires. It is all so fascinating. I don’t see those very often…perhaps I am not reading the right books for it. I also enjoyed hearing how to take out the different Othersiders. If I wasn’t such a big chicken, I would love to be a Hunter.
- The conversational writing. Mercedes wrote in this easy going style. It was like you were reading Joy’s journal or she was telling you the story.
A few things I didn’t care for:
- The beginning was a lot of information and I don’t feel like i got much out of it. To be honest, I don’t remember much of it. It was a bit of a dump and almost caused me to stop reading. I would much rather just start the story line and then learn about the world as the story builds.
- The post-apocalyptic, dystopian story. There just wasn’t anything special about it. It reminded me a lot of the Hunger Games at first. Luckily, once Joy got to Apex, things changed a little. I don’t think I could handle reading the exact same story over again.
Overall, I say it is a fun, easy read. I say if you really enjoy dystopian novels, give it a try. Once you get into it, it might surprise you.
Are you interested in reading Hunter? Let me know if you do!