If you thought nothing could top the first book in this series, you’re dead wrong! Fukada keeps the intensity throughout the story, but he does it with flair of wit and cunning. The journey is just as important as the destination and folks, we’ve only put forth our first foot. The Prey starts where The Hunt leaves off with minimal mention of the first novel. A more page-turning novel, which will keep you up at night, I have not yet found. The characters face their first narrowing escape in the three pages comprising chapter one; and the nail biting starts there!
Gene and his crew struggle through the vampires thinking the worst is over. They encounter many different kinds of physical and mental battles. Some are sneaky, such as boredom and complacency, which occur after the initial encounter with the vampires. Some battles are lost merely due to lack of experience. At some point Gene and his cast of characters find what they think is the “Land of Milk and Honey.” A village with a band of middle-aged men and young females welcomes the travelers into their midst. All see plenty of food and drink, a lot of happiness, and the rules.
Rules are made to be broken (at least that’s what Gene thinks). And the more rules, people, and circumstances he sees in the village, the more questions Gene tries to pose to the leaders. Some of the group is swayed by their immediate gratification of food and shelter to not want to question their “good fortune.” The end is very gripping; it will keep you up until the last word.
For Gene and the remaining humans - or hepers - death is just a heartbeat away. On the run and hunted by society, they must find a way to survive in The Vast...and avoid the hungry predators tracking them in the dark. But they're not the only things following Gene. He's haunted by the girl he left behind and his burgeoning feelings for Sissy, the human girl at his side. When they discover a refuge of exiled humans living high in the mountains, Gene and his friends think they're finally safe. Led by a group of intensely secretive elders, the civilisation begins to raise more questions than answers. A strict code of behaviour is the rule, harsh punishments are meted out, young men are nowhere to be found - and Gene begins to wonder if the world they've entered is just as evil as the one they left behind. As life at the refuge grows more perilous, he and Sissy only grow closer. In an increasingly violent world, all they have is each other ...if they can only stay alive.