Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.
Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.
With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.
This was a really great and fun book to read! I enjoyed it a whole bunch, there were strange things, like how the world worked after the Diseray or Dies Irae and the Otherworld and Hunters and just plain old magic! Just really awesome to read!
Joy's narration, it told a lot about her. Like how and why she was raised the way she was, that she was obviously a teenager, and a bit about the world, and how it's changed, like there's hot chocolike. And other things that are spelled differently, spelled how they sound. It was a lot of fun to read!
This world, well, the Mountains sounded like basically the most perfect life that could be had in this world of Otherworld creatures. And Apex, well, it was kinda like the Capital in Hunger Games, but a different kind of entertainment, and not quite as wild!
For me, as a Christian, a hard part was the Christers. Because when all the bad things were happening, they though that it was the apocalypse, and the Book of Revelation happening, but it wasn't. Then they tried to jump start it by bombing somewhere in the Middle East. Yeah. Not a very glowing future or best representation, but that was in the past, and there was White Knight the Hunter, who was really awesome!
One thing, is that the Hunters must have really incredible memories, what with their 3 colour scheme which identifies them to the camera, though the visuals help, then it's remembering the names! Oh, plus all the training! Their poor brains!
There was something that was a bit strange. Hunters use up a lot of energy between all the fighting and the magic, so they need to eat a lot. But then, Joy mentioned that she'd gone days without eating. So what, she wasn't hunting in that time, or what? Didn't quite make sense!
And oh, that ending, that left us with that mystery, of who was really the bad guy?! And who was the one that was following her, watching her, that wasn't the cams?! Just, mysteries, and so much could happen in the sequel, I can't wait for it!
This was a really long and really enjoyable book! Really enjoyed it, and I really want to and need to read more!
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Series: Hunter #1
Read: September 26th, 2015
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book!
Published: September 1st 2015