The book is great I haven't finished the whole thing but I really liked it so far!
Sixteen-year-old Hunter belongs to the Telepathic Alliance for the Latent or Newly manifested, otherwise known as Talon, a bounty hunter community known for their ruthless tactics. Her latest mission in San Diego was supposed to be a piece of cake, but when the job takes a treacherous and deadly turn, not even her telepathic abilities could have warned her of the dangers lurking around the corner.
There is only one place for Hunter to go, and that is straight into the hands of the government and their Psychic Intelligence Team, but even the “normal” world isn’t safe. With each passing hour throwing her deeper into the game of life and death, Hunter must decide who to trust before this mission becomes her last.
14+ due to adult situations
I pulled my hood up over my head as the rain began to pour from the skies and bounce off the sidewalk in a serene rhythm. My hands were shaking from the adrenaline that surged through my body. The hunt never got old. “All right, Bear. I’m in pursuit of the mark. Get ready.”
“About time, slow poke.” He chuckled to himself, but I wasn’t amused. Dawn had put me in a bad mood and it would take a while for it to wear off. If only he was close enough to punch, maybe I would feel better.
The sidewalk turned a corner sending me into a crowded marketplace where the people bumped shoulders more often than not. The smell of fish hit me like a ton of bricks making me crinkle my nose in disgust. There was nothing I hated more than seafood. Well, maybe large cities with all the loud voices in my head, but fish was a close second.
I dug my hands deep into my jeans pockets to keep them from shaking. Anxiety from listening to the varied streams of consciousness coursed through my body. I had to concentrate.
Dawn’s presence was moving closer through the crowd, I could feel it. Her thoughts told me that she didn’t like fish much either but this was where her contact had told her to meet him. My heart skipped a beat with the mention of another person around, possibly a telepath. Great, we didn’t have much time.
“Bear,” I shouted into the com. “She’s here to meet someone and it sounds like they’re going to send her into hiding. I need you close by. This is happening now.”
A fast paced and unique story line. Looking forward to the sequel. Can't wait to see what happens next to the mind reading protagonist.
Hunter is an intriguing read, and will set you on a thrilling ride from the very first page until the end! The story begins as we are discovering that Hunter is not only a bounty hunter, but she is also a type one telepathy. She can read people's minds, feel their emotions, know all about their past through their memories. Hunter, along with her partner Bear, is looking for her current mark. I really liked Hunter because we can tell how well she does her job, and yet she is still compassionate underneath it all (I mean she is only 16). After barely catching their mark, thanks to another group of bounty hunters, Hunter and Bear return to their home base. This is when we learn more about the people Hunter works for. Talon is more than just a job to Hunter, and we see this as more of Hunter's past is revealed and how she became to be with the people she now calls family. I appreciated how many layers there was to Hunter's character, and her powers are just awesome. As the story progresses, Hunter and Bear are sent on a new job that sounds suspicious from the moment their Captain first mentioned it to them. Of course everything that goes wrong does, and I have to admit that this whole scene was so intense! I couldn't stop reading! I always appreciate when a book keeps me on my toes.. Hunter runs into trouble and ends up with the other bounty hunter group. . . And this is when her whole world flips upside down. As Hunter enters the world of this new group there are a few new characters introduced. I enjoyed all of them, especially Seeker. The two of them work together really well and run into more trouble as she is discovering the truth behind the life she has been living. I can't say too much without spoiling it for you, but I thought the overall plot stayed strong and unique. There were revelations that I never saw coming. We also get to see more of a softer side to Hunter as she is finding out some new information, and I appreciated this because it helped make her feel human/relatable. The story wraps up nicely. I felt all of the emotions that Hunter did at the end.. I felt all of her sadness and loneliness, but then I also felt her strength and hope. I think Sarai Henderson did a wonderful job capturing the voices of her characters. You guys know how much I love character driven stories, and Hunter was definitely the strongest element to this story. Henderson's writing helped me connect to the characters and feel for them in a short amount of time. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The only downfall would be that the ending felt very abrupt. I would've loved to see and FEEL the emotional ride.. But we get a lot of "telling" us of what actually happened. It all just progressed too quickly for my liking and I wanted just a bit more. It set up the next book in a great way though! I look forward to reading it! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers, paranormal/fantasy stories. * I was given a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my thoughts in any way.
**3.75 stars** "Hunter" is a YA thriller with supernatural undertones. Our main character, codename Hunter, is a type one psychic, who can read minds. A type two psychic can block them. She works for Talon, an agency of bounty hunters. Her life changes when her own agency puts out a hit on her, and her boyfriend accepts the mission to take her out. She's rescued by a man called Seeker, who works for an opposing agency called PIT. The story is fast-paced and chock full of action, twists, and turns. I like the concept of "types" of psychics, and how the types can directly oppose each other. Hunter also happens to be a dreamer, someone who can catch glimpses of future or past events through their dreams. It sets her up for misunderstandings in a pretty clever way, all while keeping the story tight-knit and exciting. Unfortunately, my biggest problem was the lack of emotion. Not that it wasn't there, just that I didn't really feel like I got well enough into Hunter's head to actually FEEL them. Considering this is written in first-person, that's a little problematic. It IS a thriller, so they can be pretty dry, so I could excuse quite a bit of it since it came across in a very "Bourne Identity for teens" kind of way. But it did make it difficult for me to believe that Hunter and Bear had ever dated--I just never got that sense. They didn't act close, they were at arm's length for the majority of the story, even before the betrayal. I do love the ending, though. Ms. Henderson does not pull any punches. It's gritty, dark, and realistic. To find YA that does that is rarer than I like, so I always have to give props where they're due. A recommended read for sure.
Although this is a new author for me I really enjoyed this book. The writing painted a wonderful world that was so full of depth and color. I loved how each character had a code name that fit their personality and the fact that they are telepaths living in a "normal" world is awesome. I would recommend this book to all my friends.