Review: Donna Augustine's The Hunt (The Wilds #2)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Post Apocalyptic
Pages: 348

Well, this was a disappointment. After introducing us to the post Blood Fever world, riddled with Dark Walkers, strange beasts and survivors of the mysterious illness, a world full of great possibilities for a good story, author decided that it’s a great time to jump aboard the clich√© train.

 Dal becomes just another "oh so special and unique" heroine in the sea of so "oh special and unique" heroines, while more and more starting to act like annoying brat obsessed with a guy. Sure, she starts to learn how to fend for herself but that, as any other of her actions, gets overshadowed by her obsessing over Dax. Oh don’t forget the fact that everyone is drooling at the sight of her, all the while she remains completely puzzled to why is that happening, because she’s unable to perceive how special of a snowflake she really is. Dax stays distant, while simultaneously hooks Dal deeper, with episodes of tiny feeling outburst, and, of course, acts like she is his property, even going far as “staking his claim on her. And just to make things more predictable, let’s throw in a bit of love triangle, shall we? No, it’s not with the normal, cute, good guy, because they don’t even get taken in consideration, but with a pale, non-beastie version Dax. Sounds familiar? Of course it does, it is in almost every other book out there.

But not only that I disliked the further character development, I was really disappointed with the fact the opportunity for clearing up things left unsaid in the first book, like who or what the hell are the Dark Walkers, we get randomly inserted mythical ethereal beings, who, also, don’t have any explanation as to why are they there and what is their point in this book, because I have not seen one. I think the better option would be to introduce new threats or mysteries after revealing at least just a bit about the current ones, or maybe even deepening them more- not leaving them at the same point as they were left in the first book, demeaning them to the role of running around trying to grab Dal.
Overall, book wasn’t catastrophically bad, but it sure didn’t live up to my expectations.

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