Friday, May 24, 2019

REVIEW: The Trap by Andrew Fukuda

The Trap (The Hunt, #3)

From author Andrew Fukuda comes The Trap, the explosive finale to The Hunt trilogy—perfect for fans of The Hunger Games!

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 begins right where The Prey left off, with the main characters on a train escaping the vampires (or duskers), but most certainly not heading towards Paradise. Out of the frying pan and into the fire, they still aren't safe. But with Gene and Sissy now knowing how to turn a dusker back into a human, they think there is still hope. Yet Ashley June is out there in the dusker city posing a risk and if Gene kills her, the duskers say that they will let Gene and his other human companions go free. But can he kill the girl he once loved? And will he survive amongst the duskers again?

There is a lot of action in this book, a lot of blood and death. I wasn't really a fan of that mostly because I'm not really interested in books where there is so much gore. While I don't love this series, I will admit that I had difficulty putting this book down at points.

One of the parts I really liked about this book is that it is not just from Gene's perspective. There are also third person perspectives from Ashly June and Sissy. Sissy's perspective was closer to the end of the book within a very actiony scene, so it was similar to Gene's, but I liked Ashley June's chapters. At first, I was upset by her interactions because Ashley June was not much of a character in the first book and was hardly ever mentioned in the last book, so I thought the book was just trying to remind us that she existed. But, the chapters really showed how Ashley June grew up and how she was connected with Gene's family. It served to both answer questions and to show her as a more dynamic character. In a way, it humanized her, even though she was no longer human, and it made her a more sympathetic villain because she does become a villain in this book. By the way, it really bothers me that Ashly June does not get a name. I'm calling her Ashly June, but that was the designation Gene gave her. I was wondering throughout her backstory whether her family ever named her. I'm guessing they did because they acted like humans when they were in their own home, but that never came up.

I did not have as much trouble with Gene in this book as I did the previous books. I did not agree with some of his decisions, in fact, some made very little sense, but I guess he was okay. He does seem more human and comfortable with being human. Although, his regard for human life is still mostly just for Sissy. Honestly, when it comes to characterization in this book there was very little growth because so much of this book was trying to survive, finding answers, or both, so there wasn't much time to connect to the characters or see them grow as individuals.

This book does try to give answers, but I was not satisfied. For one, it seemed like major plot points in previous books were dropped. We never know what happened to Clair and Ben. We never really know what happened to The Scientist. We are given an answer for how the world came to be this way, the cure, and how humans integrated into dusker society, did not ring true. It was a great twist, but throughout this whole series, the characters are given an answer only to find out that was wrong and here is the true answer only to find out that one is wrong and so on and so on. It made it hard for me to believe any answer and, again, there are still so many more questions! I guess it ends on a positive note, but I really wasn't sure how to feel about it. [highlight to view spoiler] Are Gene and Sissy supposed to be Adam and Eve? Was this entire book series a vampire origin story for Adam and Eve? [end of spoiler]

Overall, this is an interesting series. It does have a very unique idea and does take the tired dystopian plot in another direction. Some things about the world still don't make sense to me and I'm not really satisfied by the ending, but I not upset by my decision to finish this series.

I hereby give this book
3 Stars
Meaning: I liked it.

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