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Hunted [Paperback]

Cheryl Rainfield
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Jan. 27 2012
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award nominee, 2013

Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy finalist, 2012

2013 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz nominee

Caitlyn is a telepath in a world where that is illegal. She is on the run from government troopers, trying to stay hidden and alive—and trying to help make the world a better place for others with paranormal talents.

As a child, Caitlyn watched as an angry mob killed her father, murdering him for being a Para. Since then, she and her mother have been on the run from government troopers, and constantly searching for her missing brother who disappeared during the riots. When Caitlyn starts at a new high school she thinks she will have to do what she's always done—blend in as best as she can, and never, ever let anyone know she's a Para who is able to read people's thoughts.

But when Caitlyn meets Alex, an attractive fellow swimmer, and Rachel, one of her first true friends, she finds herself not wanting to hide any more. All the while, government troopers are closing in, and someone is killing Paras, draining them of their life energy. Caitlyn knows that she doesn't have much time before her identity is discovered. Ultimately, she must make the decision whether to save herself or save the whole human race.


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"Cheryl Rainfield writes a masterful dystopian fantasy novel with a gripping plot that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The story is well written and steadily paced. . . This is a marvelous read for those teens who loved The Hunger Games."

-- VOYA

"Cheryl Rainfield has provided young adults with an outstanding science fiction novel...It is a novel full of tension and suspense as the action begins on the first page and keeps pressing right until the end...Caitlyn is a strong female protagonist who never loses sight of what she must do to not only save her fellow Paras from destruction but also to save all of the Normals who are sympathizers for her cause. ... Hunted is not the science fiction of spaceships and aliens but something much more subtle and so close to realistic that it is frightening. Perhaps there are no Paras in society as we know it, but we still struggle with people who are seen to be somehow different from societal norms. ...Rainfield asks many tough questions, but deciding what you truly believe in and then being willing to stand up and fight for it is the real centrepiece of this novel
Highly Recommended."

-- CM Magazine

About the Author

Cheryl Rainfield describes herself as a survivor, a feminist, and an avid book reader and book lover. Her Governor General Award-nominated book, Scars, was a personal work that dealt with the difficult issue of self-harm. She is an outspoken advocate for LGBT youth and for survivors of abuse. Cheryl lives with her dog, Petal, and her cat, Amazon, in Toronto.

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Well, my first thought after finishing Hunted was....wow! I think I honestly said "wow" out loud, too. :P This book had such a powerful feel to it, and the overall message was incredibly moving.

One of the best parts about Hunted was the paranormal aspect. There are people with paranormal abilities living amongst people without them. Unfortunately, "paras" as they're called are persecuted, and they're treated horribly! If the government captures them, they're forced to find other paranormals and report to their handlers. They have tracking devices in their tongues, and electric shocks are used to punish them for not cooperating, or for not doing well enough. It was so sad to read about the way the paras were treated, and it makes you think of the groups of people in the past, or even recently, who've been mistreated because of their race, their sexuality, their religion, and countless other factors that make them different. It's horrible when you think of how people are persecuted because they're different, and Hunted puts that into a whole new perspective. Being different doesn't stop someone from being a human being...and the way that victimization is justified is often through "otherness," where you distinguish someone as different and make them out as the enemy. There's also the whole "for-the-greater-good" mentality, which pops up in a lot of places, and can have some seriously horrific consequences.

Now, I just want to be clear, while it was easy to see the ways other have been mistreated, this wasn't a sad book. It's a powerful one, and it has some amazing characters. The main character, Caitlyn, is a telepath, so she can read people's minds...although, she usually chooses not to, and instead uses her power to try and protect her mother and herself.
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