Published: November 2013
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Copy Provided by: Bought
After barely escaping the Mission alive, Gene and Sissy face an impossible task: staying alive long enough to stop an entire world bent on their destruction. Bound on a train heading into the unknown with the surviving Mission girls, Gene, Sissy, David, and Epap must stick together and use everything they have to protect each other and their only hope: the cure that will turn the blood-thirsty creatures around them into humans again. Now that they know how to reverse the virus, Gene and Sissy have one final chance to save those they love and create a better life for themselves. But as they struggle to get there, Gene's mission sets him on a crash course with Ashley June, his first love . . . and his deadliest enemy.
FINALLY!! Book #3...the final installment of The Hunt! I was so excited to read this and devoured it in just a couple days (that is a miracle for someone who doesn't have much time). The entire series is fast paced and thrilling and doesn't seem to ever slow down. The Trap is no exception.
STOP READING HERE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ BOOK 1 AND 2. THERE ARE SPOILERS!!
So here it is - Gene, Sissy, David and Epap have made it onto the train with other Mission occupants and are headed to the city. Some will survive and some won't. It will be a horrifying experience and nothing is as it seems. Will they finally have the reunion with Gene's father that they have been craving? How many other humans are out there? Can they free them all? Or is the human population quickly becoming extinct? Will Gene and Sissy be able to reverse the virus and change everyone back? We finally have the answers to all of these questions...and I gotta tell you, blood will be shed. Characters will die and nothing is as it appears.
As much as I loved this series (and I really did), the conclusion did not hold me as the rest of the series did. I was expecting an explosion of understanding and all I thought was - that's it? It's over? It was an interesting way to wrap things up but didn't have the same "omph" as the momentum from the rest of the series. Sorry, don't mean to burst any bubbles. Still a recommended read but the ending didn't have the impact I was hoping for. My conclusion - Come along for the ride. Immerse yourself in the story and be open to the ending.
This would be an excellent "guys" read but also has appeal to girls as there is a minor love triangle throughout the series. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games and Twilight, you will enjoy The Trap. Be prepared for some gruesome descriptive scenes with vampires and their ummm...bodily fluids. There seemed to be excessive oozing in this last book. :)