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Review: Hunter

Review: Hunter published on 4 Comments on Review: Hunter


The unique thing about Lackey’s latest novel, Hunter, is that it checks a lot of the current cultural boxes in the science fiction, fantasy, and young adult “genres.” The novel is in the first-person POV, following a teen female protagonist monster-hunter in a post-apocalyptic world beset by The Folk (tall, lithe, highly intelligent monsters) and other frightening creatures from old fairy tales and religious texts.

Most of the Othersiders are monsters: Drakkens, Kraken, Leviathans, Gogs and Magogs, Furies, Harpies, things we don’t even have names for. Things that belong to myths and religions from all over the world, and things that don’t match anything at all.”

Joyeaux Charmand  is a teen Hunter who grew up in a Monastery in the Rocky Mountains, was trained to be a Hunter by a wandering Zapotec Hunter and a Tibetan Buddhist, and happens to be the niece of Apex City’s current Prefect. There are actually many Hunters living at the Monastery, though there should only be one per region, other than in the major cities. The rest of the Hunters are kept secret, as any excess Hunters found will be sent to Apex City to be on their own highly edited television channel while protecting the Cits, or regular folk in the cities. Nobody in power wants the Cits to know how bad things really are. And things are definitely bad.

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I felt the narrator’s captured voice of a young woman on the cusp of true maturity, forced by her training to be more mature in some areas, but in others, less so because of her limited exposure to the technically advanced world of Apex city. “Country mouse in the big city.”
But I agree, the book is very good and I can’t wait for the sequel.

I agree completely with the country mouse in the big city perspective! And I recognize what I believe the author was going for with the indecision in certain circumstances, like the situations involving technology and a public social life.

I think my issue is with lack of subtlety for this character from an author with so much experience. The character is mature in many ways, and not in others. That’s expected, of course, for any young adult. It’s more a matter of how that voice was depicted.

In my perspective, the chosen voice made an exciting world and an exciting character outline less exciting. (Without giving anything away, I also lamented the shallow depiction of the Hunter brothers and their story arc).

All of that having been said, due to Lackey’s deep experience, I am assuming that the lack of subtlety was intentional. I’m hoping there’s a payoff later that needed these elements for full fruition.

I also was disappointed in the arc of the brothers. I have a feeling that the end has yet to be reached. Lackey has a way of resurrecting a line when you least expect it. Since this is the first in a series, there is a lot of room for things to twist and rebound. I want to see more of Joy’s teachers. I kind of sped through my first read on this one, in a hurry to get the review back. I’m sure I’ll pick up more on a second or third read.

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