Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Category:  dystopian, science fiction and fantasy, teens and YA
Publication Date:  September 1, 2015
Age Level:  12 - 18
Grade Level:  7 - 12
My Rating:  3 Stars

Description:

Ages 12 and up 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.

Monsters.

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. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities,behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters 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

Review:

Hunter takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a crack is broken into the fabric of space allowing frightening and dangerous creatures, the Othersiders, into our world. This event is called the Diseray (Dies Irae which means Wrath of God). Most have forgotten the correct name and its meaning. We are introduced to a young hunter, a Crister, who informs our protagonist Joyeaux of the original name and its meaning. The Cristers would find it very difficult to forget the origins of the name as they are considered the most probable cause of the Dies Irae.

While the origins of the Diseray are fuzzy, making it a bit frustrating for me as a reader, there is one dominant theory put forth in Hunter. This society contains an array of social classes. The Christers are of the lowest class and tend to be shunned by others. They are pushed into the least hospitable and most dangerous lands. The name Christer is just a modified title for a Christian. The theory about the Diseray is what leads to this prejudice and segregation and it is irritating… The theory is that the Dies Irae is caused by a bunch of Christers who want to end the world when some of their prophecies of Christ’s return were proven incorrect. Many people are prejudiced against Christians but I would prefer that the prejudice be for the right reasons, not because they think that we are part of a crazy, idiotic, dangerous “Christian” fringe cult. A seriously cuckoo fringe cult at that.

Our leading character Joyeaux on the other hand is at the top of the social strata. Raised in a Buddhist like environment in the mountain regions she is the quintessential protector of the people. Smarter, faster, and more capable than any other. The implications are clear.

I did find Hunter an enjoyable and fast paced read. Mercedes Lackey is a creative writer who has a great gift for helping you understand exactly what her fantastical Othersiders look like; well that is if you are well-read or are willing to do a bit of research. Her descriptions will expand your imagination as she uses well-known mythological or other fictional characters from a variety of media to help you with visualization. I had a couple of ah ha moments where I could fully picture what she was describing as I read of the familiar and then adapted for the changes that she applied Pretty cool. Pretty unique.

I personally don’t appreciate books that end abruptly and Hunter does. I love a good sequel but I like to be contented with the totality of the book; just in case I can’t get to the sequel.

was that an abrupt ending…..

Hunter is written for kids ages 12 and up.  The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

I received an advanced reader copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.


Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.