Series: The Hunt, Book 2
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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.
I had forgotten a bit about exactly what happened in this book until I picked it up. Once I did and got started reading it, things came back to me. And it's good that it did as Fukuda basically starts back up the action exactly where it ended in the previous book with no recap. One of the things I really like about this series is that it is brutal. There's no sugar coating or making things seem glorious in any way. At the time I was reading this book, I couldn't see any way that things were going to turn out OK for Gene and company. In my opinion, The Prey made a very good transitional book between the first and final book in the series.