Title: The Hunt (Project Paper Doll #2)
Author: Stacey Kade
Release Date: April 22nd 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.
But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.
Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?The Hunt is certainly better than the first book in this series. It picks up a few hours after the events of The Rules, and so the action is immediate as Ariane and Zane are on the run from GTX. But they soon realize that it is impossible to run forever; they have to fight back and eliminate the threat once and for all, although with little resources and less allies, that is easier said than done.
I felt like a mouse with my teeth sunk into a suspiciously convenient piece of cheese, waiting only for the sudden rush of air and the crack of a metal bar on my neck.This book is very aptly titled, and this hunt for Ariane and Zane tests their already-strained relationship. Both have hesitations; Ariane with her fear that Zane would suddenly realize that she's truly a different species who he shouldn't be with, and Zane with his fear that Ariane would leave him for his weakness and vulnerability. Their arguments became too much and bored me at one point because it actually slowed down the pace of the story, especially when once they gave one another space to cool down, they'd each have these long internal monologues that I could have lived without.
Yet it was during these strains that their own strengths shone through. Their situation left them little to work with, but they did their best with what they had and knew when to put aside their misunderstandings and focus on the immediate problem. Ariane is undoubtedly better at all the surveillance and running around undetected because of the training she'd received, and I really felt Zane's helplessness, pitied him even. He was her weak link, but he was in no way useless, and I liked how the author handled this dynamic between them because it was just so realistic. It broke my heart how much they both longed for normalcy and peace yet were so far from it, and the hurdles only kept on coming.
Especially because, in this sequel, they had more than one enemy. Aside from Dr. Jacobs and GTX, now they had to contend with the two other corporations whose products Ariane would have to face during trials. These two entities no doubt wanted to eliminate their enemies, meaning her, and with little knowledge of what happened behind their doors, Ariane and Zane had to fight almost blindly. In fact, they felt like an even bigger problem than GTX, and the suspense was simply unnerving.
A quick read that is chock-full of action, suspense, and emotion, The Hunt didn't disappoint. There is definitely room for improvement, but to be honest, not much of it is needed. I'm not sure if the next book will be the last in this series, but I am certainly looking forward to reading it.
MY FAVORITE PART was the ending. HOLY. SHIZZBALLS.