Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It has been hundreds of years since creatures from the Otherworld passed through the barrier and began killing entire populations. Humans have survived by living behind walls and sticking to inhospitable lands. Every once in a while a person develops lightning fast reflexes and is able to wield magic; they are recruited to become Hunters and they protect the rest of the population. Joy has been raised in a mountain village that has an abnormal number of Hunters. She is told she must venture to the capital city to become an official Hunter. She soon discovers that everything she knew about Hunters was wrong. Her success is judged according to her standings on reality TV and the population is kept in the dark about how real the threat is. Joy must question the motives of everyone around her and determine her best course of action.
Hunter is the first book in a new series by the same title. This is an action packed adventure, but the time spent discussing fashion and accessories seemed unnecessary. When the reality TV aspect of the story was unveiled I was worried it was another Hunger Games-esque novel, but Lackey was able to develop a world all her own with a storyline that is captivating and challenging. Since this is a series there are a lot of ways this story can continue and although there is no real cliffhanger, readers will be actively looking for the next book to be released.
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