The Hunt is the second installment in the Project Paper Doll series and picks up immediately after the conclusion of The Rules. Although Ariane Tucker and Zane Bradshaw have managed to escape from the clutches of the evil megalomaniacs known as GTX, they are not out of the frying pan by any means. All it takes is one slip up, or mistake, and they are right back where they started.
The Hunt is told in the first POV by both Ariane aka GTX-107, and Zane, the second son of a belligerent and uncaring father and mother who ran away when things got too hot to handle. One of the obvious appeals for me in reading this book is the fact that Ariane is half human, and half alien and there may be others out there who may be like her. The whole idea that aliens really DID crash land near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, and scientists are using the DNA of an alien to create a new form of life appeals to me on a geek level.
The second installment in a series is always an interesting one to sell to readers. Will it top the first book? Will it have the same intense action, suspense, and yes, romance? Will it just be a bridge between the first and third stories and therefore leave an awful taste in readers mouths with a cliffhanger ending so annoying grotesque, and heart breaking, that screams of pain, and books being throw across the room can be heard from miles away?
Even though Dr. Arthur Jacobs isn't the main villain this time around, he isn't far from Ariane, Zane, or the readers minds. Ariane has been so ingrained with the message that she can't POSSIBLY have a happy life outside of Jacobs prison aka Laboratory, that she has a tendency of pushing people away instead of letting them help her. Ariane's continued belief that she's probably better off with Jacobs, rather than Zane, grated on my nerves a wee bit, and I hope we see an entirely different Ariane in the next installment.
The Hunt introduces readers to a whole slew of secondary characters like Zane's mother Mara, Dr. David Laughlin (Laughlin Integrated Enterprises), as well as Emerson St. John (Emerson's Technology) who makes a startling albeit brief appearance that I refuse to talk about under threat of severe violence against my body. With Ariane looking for others like her who were created with alien DNA, readers get a chance to meet her "siblings" in Ford, Carter, and Nixon, as well as the lengths certain scientists will go in order to make the perfect, indestructible, soldier.
There are plenty of betrayals, curve-balls, and interesting dynamics that are hopefully leading us to the real meat and potatoes of this series; The Trials where Ariane and her "siblings" face the ultimate challenge of survival. I can only say this about the ending; please be prepared. You will definitely need a hug once you are done reading.
Author - Stacey Kade
Title - The Hunt (Project Paper Doll # 2)
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Releases: April 22, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: E-Book 400 pages