I'm ecstatic to be part of The Hunt UK blog tour because I finished reading this book a week ago and loved it! If you missed my review (posted yesterday) click here to read it. Today, I'm going to be giving you Gene's Top Ten Survival Tips for Hepers but before I do, here's a bit more information about the book:
"Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.
Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.
When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity? "
Sounds awesome right? Let me tell you that is CHOCKABLOCK full of tension and will have you rooting for Gene like you wouldn't believe. Gene is human or a Heper as they are known in the world of The Hunt. Basically, we've been reduced to a delicacy and the hunters will stop at nothing to get their hands on us. Some of us are living among the enemy, people like Gene who has had to learn the rules in order to survive. Break one just one time and it's game over. So without further a do, I'm very pleased to present Gene's Top Ten Survival Tips for Hepers:
Top Ten Survival Tips for Hepers
1. Stay out of the sun.
If you must venture out during the daytime, go in the dawn hours when sunlight is the weakest. Never wear a watch outdoors in the sun – it can leave a tell-tale tan line on your wrist.
2. Don’t smile, don’t laugh, don’t grin.
Avoid watching comedy movies, reading comics, listening to jokes. From an early age, learn to scratch your wrist whenever you find something humorous. Do this repeatedly; burn it into your long-term muscle memory so that you eventually do it without conscious effort.
3. Don’t sweat.
Sweat is a dead giveaway. Because people don’t sweat, not a drop. They remain cool, dry, clean. Only hepers sweat. So don’t do cross-country, football, don’t even play competitive chess. But swimming is fine, because the water hides sweat.
4. Don’t show any emotion.
Don’t emote surprise, confusion, sadness, despondency. Be careful of frown lines; you might be get away with the occasional frown across your brow, but too many will arouse suspicion. Whatever you do, do not cry. No matter how bad it gets.
5. Don’t forget to shave.
Every inch of your body - except your head and eyebrows – must be shaved. There cannot be a hint of hair on your arms, chest, legs, even toes. Shave right before you go out at dusk so as to get the closest shave, the smoothest skin. Before you leave the house, scrutinize your body for any shaving nicks. Shaving nicks will kill you.
6. Don’t fall asleep outside.
People can’t fall asleep unless upside down. It’s a physiological impossibility. Falling asleep in class at your desk would be a dead give-away. Never go to sleepovers. Never watch boring movies, or attend long lectures.
7. Don’t wave farewell.
Never swing your hand side to side with fingers extended upwards. It might feel like a reflex, but you must kill that impulse. It is unnatural.
8. Never fall in love.
Whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Because it will weaken your defences, cause you to smile or laugh, to sweat, to show emotion. And most of all, nothing can ever come of it. But your death. You fall in love, you die.
9. Never forget who you are.
10. Burn this list.
Burn it now.
Thank you Gene! The next stop on the tour (tomorrow) is Wondrous Reads so be sure to check it out.
The Hunt is published on 8th May, 2012 in the US and 10th May, 2012 in the UK. To find out more about Andrew Fukuda and The Hunt, please click here to visit his website. Andrew is also active on Facebook and Twitter.