Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hunter--Mercedes Lackey

Title: Hunter
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, 2015
Pages: 374 p.
Source: VOYA
Compensation: None
Read: July 2015

Mercedes Lackey's Hunter

Joy has been hunting monsters ever since she was a young child. In her remote isolated village, hunting monsters is a normal activity and everyone is expected to contribute to the cause. Regular citizens handle the less dangerous types (like gnomes), while those with magic—like Joy and her fellow Hunters—protect them from the bigger sinister Othersiders like dragons. When Joy is summoned to Apex City to protect the most important people in this post-apocalyptic society, she is baffled by the way they live. Citizens feel safe behind magical barriers and view Hunters as entertainment, watching their every movement on reality TV channels. Joy quickly realizes that this sense of security is just an illusion as more and more Othersiders break through the barriers.

Lackey does a good job of setting up the conflict between the traditional monster-hunting Joy and the vain reality star Hunters of Apex City. There are brief scenes between Joy and the most dangerous of the Othersiders, the Mages, that hint at a much larger story to come in the following books of the series. Fans of Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games series who like a little more magic and fantasy with their dystopia will appreciate this new series.

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