We’ve all felt the sting of betrayal. Some of us have reconciled. We often forgive, but we never forget. I mentioned in my review of Atlanta Burns that at one time we either knew or needed someone like her. Most of us have done something that we regret later, and Atlanta Burns and her friend are no exception.
Wendig writes compelling characters that are believable. I grew up part-time in western Pennsylvania with family in central PA. I was never aware that events described by Wendig could have happened. Whether that was youthful naïveté, a world separated by two decades, or the vivid imaginings of a talented author, I’ll never know.
I felt that The Hunt had been toned down a bit. The grittiness that I enjoyed in the first book seemed missing from this one. I wasn’t expecting just a younger version of Miriam Black, but I’d hoped that the ‘feel’ of the first book kept on trucking. The story moved on as expected, and I wanted to be disappointed that Atlanta hadn’t learned from book one, but that wouldn’t have worked for the story.
The Hunt is still in your face, with subtlety pitched out the window and continues to chronicle the misadventures of a very broken young woman. Whereas the first book was Atlanta versus a world occupied by uncaring adults, this one seems to have at least a few grown-ups that want to do what is right. While the latter appears to be more in line with reality, it just doesn’t make for the “me versus an uncaring world” adrenaline rush the first book had.
The Hunt is still an exciting read, and I look forward to another outing with Atlanta before she outgrows the genre. The Hunt is a four-star read and a must-have for any fan of Chuck Wendig.