Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield

Posted January 31, 2012 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 2 Comments

Caitlyn, a telepath, lives in a world where all paranormal talents are illegal. She is on the run from government ParaTroopers. When Caitlyn falls for Alex, a Normal, and discovers dangerous renegade Paranormals, she must choose between staying in hiding to protect herself or taking a stand to save the world.
I was pretty excited about this book when I first got it, I’m not sure if I was the concept or if I just genuinely liked the author, but I was excited none the less. However, I had to wait to review it, until it came up on the review wait list to read it, and I really hated the wait. 
I have to say that I enjoyed the book. It’s a really interesting look at what a world would be like where paranormals are hunted down. In so many of the books I read where paranormals are in it, it is one of two ways 1) the paranormals are hidden, probably to avoid the world Hunted takes place in or 2) The paranormals are “out” so to speak but not really concerned they are all going to be hunted down or anything. So this was a look at what it would be like for paranormals to be known about and clearly thought of as being evil. 
I really love the main character, Caitlyn, she is just kind of everything you want as a main character. I personally think she is really brave. It’s hard to put yourself in her shoes, and really think about what you would do in her place. Her and her mother have been on the run for a long time, but even so Caitlyn goes to high school to try and be normal, she could have just hid out for the rest of her life, not made friends with anyone and stayed under the radar. Instead she goes to high school, meets people, experiences life. Plus she uses her powers with the kind of insight and thoughtfulness that you would only expect of someone who is much older. She considers every use of powers very carefully, and about if what she is doing is wrong or against her own personal morals. And in a world where using her powers could be dangerous for her, she still does it to help others, I think it speaks to her character and that she really is brave. 
The novel itself is both well written and fast paced. I love a novel written like this, there is really no point in time while I was reading when I was bored or wished the action would pick up. It was a great pace and kept me into the book from start to finish. Another thing about this novel is the that Rainfield really doesn’t pull any punches about any topic. She touches on not just the oppression by the government theme the book synopsis outlines, but also on topics like homophobia (one of Caitlyn’s friends is gay) and racism (Caitlyn’s love interest is black). So there is something in there for everyone. 
Overall this is a good book, and I can say I am a fan of the authors after reading this book alone. I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s a very thought provoking book that touches on a lot of different subjects so I could easily see how any reader would have something to identify with within the pages of this book. 

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