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The Hunted
     

The Hunted

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by Matt de la Peña
 

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Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña’s The Hunted is a high-energy, action-packed survival story and the sequel to The Living.

“De la Peña has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.”-Entertainment Weekly review of The Living, A-
 

Overview

Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña’s The Hunted is a high-energy, action-packed survival story and the sequel to The Living.

“De la Peña has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.”-Entertainment Weekly review of The Living, A-
 
   When the Big One hit, Shy was at sea in style. The Paradise Cruise luxury liner he worked on was a hulking specimen of the best money could buy. And now it's at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, along with almost all of its passengers.
   Shy wasn't the only one to survive, though. Addie, the rich blond daughter of a mysterious businessman, was on the dinghy he pulled himself into. But as soon as they found the rest of the survivors, she disappeared.
The only thing that filled the strange void of losing her was finding Carmen, his hot coworker, and discovering a way to get back home. But Shy's luck hasn't turned. Not yet.
   Back on the dinghy, Addie told him a secret. It's a secret that people would kill for--have killed for--and she has the piece that could turn everything on its ear. The problem? Shy has no idea where Addie is. Back home in California seems logical, but there are more ways to die back home then Shy could ever have guessed.
   And thanks to what Shy now knows, he's a moving target.

Praise for The Hunted:

“Readers will be drawn to the raw and gritty setting, fast-moving plot, and diverse characters worth rooting for.“—School and Library Journal

"Between [the] fast-paced plot and meaningful, diverse character development, this is a great crossover for fans of both thrillers and more character-driven novels."-Booklist

Praise for The Living:

“De la Peña has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.”-Entertainment Weekly, A-
 
“Action is first and foremost. . . . De la Peña can uncork delicate but vivid scenes.” —The New York Times

“[The Living] is special because of its extraordinary protagonist, Shy, who I haven’t been able to shake from my mind in the weeks since I read the book.”-John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

"There's no way to classify The Living. It's everything I love mixed into one fantastic, relentless, action-packed story. As always with Matt, the characters are the best part. So real. I loved this book."-James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

[STAR] "An addictive page-turner and character-driven literary novel with broad appeal for fans of both."-Kirkus Reviews, Starred

[STAR] "An excellent, enthralling ride...a great read for those looking for adventure and survival stories."-VOYA, Starred

A Pura Belpré Author Honor Award Winner

An ALSC 2014 Notable Children's Book Pick

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Praise for The Hunted:

“Readers will be drawn to the raw and gritty setting, fast-moving plot, and diverse characters worth rooting for.“—School and Library Journal

"Between [the] fast-paced plot and meaningful, diverse character development, this is a great crossover for fans of both thrillers and more character-driven novels."-Booklist

Praise for The Living:

“De la Peña has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel.”-Entertainment Weekly, A-
 
“Action is first and foremost. . . . De la Peña can uncork delicate but vivid scenes.” —The New York Times

“[The Living] is special because of its extraordinary protagonist, Shy, who I haven’t been able to shake from my mind in the weeks since I read the book.”-John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

"There's no way to classify The Living. It's everything I love mixed into one fantastic, relentless, action-packed story. As always with Matt, the characters are the best part. So real. I loved this book."-James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

[STAR] "An addictive page-turner and character-driven literary novel with broad appeal for fans of both."-Kirkus Reviews, Starred

[STAR] "An excellent, enthralling ride...a great read for those looking for adventure and survival stories."-VOYA, Starred

A Pura Belpré Author Honor Award Winner

An ALSC 2014 Notable Children's Book Pick

VOYA, April 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 1) - Walter Hogan
This sequel to The Living (Random House, 2013/Voya December 2013) brings to an eventful conclusion the story of Shy Espinoza, a teen working on a summer cruise ship who accidentally learns that Romero disease, an Ebola-like pandemic, was an act of man, not God. A corrupt drug company, Laso Tech, had deliberately introduced the disease in the San Diego area, planning to quickly come to the rescue with their own patented cure. But then a giant earthquake and tsunami struck the California coast, and in the ensuing chaos, Laso Tech was unable to deliver the vaccine before thousands were fatally infected in the quake zone. The sequel opens with Shy and several fellow tsunami survivors landing their small boat on a beach near Los Angeles. Their self-appointed mission is to trek several hundred miles across a postapocalyptic landscape patrolled by rival gangs in order to deliver the chemical formula and samples of the Romero vaccine to the nearest operating laboratory . . . in Arizona. The Western postdisaster setting, improbable heroic mission, and shoot-’em-up road warrior action are in the tradition of science fiction cult classics like Damnation Alley, Escape from L.A., and The Book of Eli. Shy is an appealing and believable hero who realistically grows and matures. His self-reliance and skepticism of the wealthy and powerful serve him well as civil infrastructure and social institutions break down. His responses to a pair of socially superior girls he encounters also become more assured. Overall, this is a good survival adventure, once granting the improbable coincidence of earthquake and pandemic. Reviewer: Walter Hogan; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
02/01/2015
Gr 9 Up—Previously, in The Living (Delacorte, 2013), Shy Espinoza's cushy summer job aboard a cruise ship was short-lived. A tsunami sunk the luxury liner, and Shy survived harrowing moments at sea, after learning that some of the passengers were working for Laso Tech, an evil biotech company responsible for Romero's Disease, a deadly contagion ravaging Southern California. In this episode, Shy and three friends survive in a dinghy for a month with some stolen vials of the precious Romero's vaccine, only to wash ashore and see the California coast devastated. Leveled by earthquakes, Los Angeles is an apocalyptic wasteland of rotting corpses and fearful survivors unable to contain Romero's epidemic. Vigilantes patrol the streets looking for the ill to kill, and the healthy have few places to isolate themselves. Shy's friends Marcus, Carmen, and Shoeshine hope to make their way to Arizona where scientists can duplicate the vaccine samples and save the masses. It is a race against time as they dodge Laso Tech's henchmen and desperate citizens willing to kill to survive—occasionally helped by a mysterious stranger on a motorcycle. Readers will be drawn to the raw and gritty setting, fast-moving plot, and diverse characters worth rooting for, such as Carmen, Shy's feisty Mexican coworker and romantic interest, and the philosophical Shoeshine, an older black man who sees Shy as more than just a resilient and steadfast kid, but a larger-than-life hero. VERDICT A more focused and linear sequel for fans of YA survival novels.—Vicki Reutter, State University of New York at Cortland
Kirkus Review
2015-01-20
After surviving the tsunami that sank their cruise ship, escaping an island harboring a deadly secret and enduring 36 days at sea, three teens and an adult reach what's left of California—a quarantined, anarchic region devastated by earthquakes and a lethal, engineered pandemic.Gangs control spheres of influence and prohibit travel. The dead are everywhere. Teens Shy, Carmen and Marcus suspect their families also perished. Shoeshine, the man who engineered their escape and their only guide, is a mystery himself. Inoculated against Romero Disease, the teens want to hunt for their families, but circumstances lead them to accompany Shoeshine east to Arizona, where the precious vaccine can be produced and disseminated to millions at risk. Shy and Carmen's mutual attraction grows, but she's engaged to someone among the missing. (Awkward sexuality in books for teens generally expresses a female perspective; Shy's touching, funny account makes a welcome change.) Frustratingly, there's no throughline to the plot; it doesn't so much unwind as fall apart. Horrific discoveries (babies shot in a hospital, children killing and killed) lack the weight they merit; coincidence strains credulity. Latino protagonists are all too rare in teen books, but Shy and his cohort here feel more like placeholders than developed characters. Quests and goals are abandoned without resolution as if the author, having lost interest in his story midway, has left characters—and readers—to finish it themselves. A disappointing sequel to the standout The Living (2013). (Science fiction. 14-18)
Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
When Shy and his friends reach the California shoreline, they find widespread devastation and panic. At first, what seemed like an easy mission—transport precious vaccines to Arizona to stop the spread of a disease destroying humanity—suddenly becomes almost impossible. With the border closed and vigilantes hunting down anyone on the road, the trip seems like a hopeless cause. But with more and more people dying, Shy cannot give up. He must find a way to deliver the medicine and the evidence damning its creator. The rise of the ugly disease and the conspiracy behind its spread will likely remind readers of James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” series. The Hunted packs a high dose of suspense and a fast-paced plot that keeps the pages turning. At one point the story takes a bit of a sci-fi turn. Something really unreal happens, but Shy kind of scratches his head and moves on. Nothing further develops from that moment, and readers are left hanging. At times Shy seems a little young for seventeen, especially in his relationship with Carmen, who often reads as much older. Their relationship progresses through the course of the story, but is not a strong central focus. Shy wants to track down his family members and first finds his dad, with whom he carries a lot of emotional baggage. The rebuilding of that relationship borders on being too easy, but like Shy and Carmen, it is not in the spotlight very much. Readers looking for a suspenseful, post-apocalyptic tale will find no shortage of action in this high-energy story. Reviewer: Kasey Giard; Ages 12 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385741224
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/12/2015
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
122,723
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile:
HL730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

The Hunted is Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Peña's sixth novel and the sequel to The Living, for which he received the Pura Belpré Author Honor Award. He attended the University of the Pacific on a basketball scholarship and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at San Diego State University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. Look for Matt de la Peña's other books, Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, and The Living, all available from Delacorte Press. Visit him at MattDeLaPena.com and follow @mattdelapena on Twitter.

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The Hunted 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its may 12 that's the release date! Please hurry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really want to read this book. I loved the first one.