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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing and inspiring book! April 16 2012
By red115 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Hunted, is possibly one of the best dystopian young adult novels that I have ever read. It is such a unique story that speaks volumes about our society and our prejudices that I think this is a story that everyone needs to read. It will truly leave you breathless and awe inspired.

Caitlyn and her mom are on the run from persecution brought on from the fact that they are different in their society, they are Paras. Paras are humans that have paranormal abilities and they are persecuted and hated by the Normals because they are different. The world surrounding them is brutal and harsh filled with persecution and hatred that tries to engulf them.

I loved how Caitlyn was such a strong female character, and I admired her strength she had when she was faced with bigotry and hatred. She wants to fight back against the hatred, not by force, but by showing the Normals that the Paras are humans just like them. She knows that fighting against the Normals with the same force they have taken with the Paras would only make things worse instead of making things better.

Another thing I loved about this book was the powerful emotion Cheryl Rainfield was able to portray between the characters making you care about them. Combine the likeable characters with an action packed storyline, and you are left with an entertaining and inspiring read.

I cannot wait see what Cheryl Rainfield has in store for us with these characters, I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW I'M WAITING FOR THE MOVIE !!! April 17 2012
By wwGINCHww - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
JK Rowling had enticed me into her world of fantasy ... Stephen King lured me into his own bizarre domain ... Cheryl Rainfield didn't let me down! "Hunted" drew me in right from Page One. Having read of her own unsettled life experience, I found it remarkable that this author successfully and so believably articulated such intense feelings of love and loyalty along with those of insecurity, fear, hate and violence. Cheryl Rainfield's characters are completely realistic and her message is convincingly clear. I believe that this book should be required reading for high school students, and I can't help but envision it as a movie. Hunted was indeed one of the most compelling novels I've ever read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 23 2012
By Always YA at Heart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield is a unique reading experience. If you enjoy dystopian and the paranormal, then you will enjoy Hunted. Caitlyn lives in a society where she and others like her are persecuted for being different, for being paranormals. She lost her father in a riot when she was young, and her brother disappeared at the same time. She and her mother have been on the run, moving from place to place, to avoid being captured and Caitlyn being forced into a harsh and painful life of servitude as a para slave because of her unique psychic abilities. Caitlyn has finally made friends in her new school, she has fallen for Alex, a boy who is a normal, and finally finds out the truth surrounding her brother, all the while being constantly pursued by the Government and Paratroopers whose only goal is to capture and enslave her, and those like her.

Hunted is filled with endless surprises, adventure, and heartache, as Caitlyn is forced to make choices that not only affect her, but those she loves, other paranormals like her, as well as the those who persecute her. Cheryl has done an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, and has managed to throw a bit of romance in the mix. Though the book is entirely fictional, it is eye-opening in that it brings awareness to the discrimination and isolation that are prevalent in society today, because people are afraid of those who are "different."

If you enjoy the action and adventure found in dystopian centered YA fiction, combine that with the paranormal, and a bit of romance to boot, you will enjoy Hunted. As a bonus, Cheryl also shares at the end of the book how her own experiences and the things she has suffered inspired the story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Put It Down! May 29 2012
By What the Cat Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This was one of those books that I could have easily read in one sitting. Murr! It was very easy to become engrossed in Rainfield's novel. Her characters are believable, the world is strongly built, and the plot pulls you in until you almost feel like it's real. If you are looking for a YA title that will leave you breathless, I suggest you give this book a try. =^-^=

The thing that stood out the most for me with this story was how skillfully Rainfield evoked my emotions as I was reading. Several times I felt my fur stand on end in anticipation as events took a dramatic turn and there was even a scene which caused me to yowl in anger at a character. It's not often that I get emotionally caught up in a story, at least not to the point where I find myself holding my breath until the characters reach safety. Cameron literally checked twice to make sure I was actually breathing when I first started reading (I made sure to hide from her the rest of the time until I was done).

I also loved the cast of characters that Rainfield created. I found myself empathizing with Caitlyn, both loathing and pitying Daniel, enjoying the sweetness that was Rachel, and generally liking Alex, though I'll admit I was skeptical about him at first. Rainfield's supporting characters were also well-developed. Becca, Ilene, Mrs. Vespa, etc., all possessed qualities which made them memorable. There wasn't a single character who didn't have something to offer in the book. No one was just a "filler" character.

On a side note of things that I enjoyed, I had to purr over Rainfield's message that books are important. There are a couple of times where Caitlyn recalls her father telling her that reading makes the mind stronger. It might not seem important to some readers, but to this feline, who lacks a Para gift, it's comforting to know that all my time spent reading has been well worth it. Murr!

Hunted is intense. The plot deals with issues that range from segregation, oppression, fear propaganda, and more. It's not what I would call "light reading." It will stay with you after you've finished. And it will make you think. Though the book is a work of fiction, the events are ones that could very easily happen within society and I think that is what really drew me in while I was reading.

I'm definitely looking forward to the second book of this series when it becomes available. In the meantime, Rainfield has given fans a bonus short story called PinPoint, which I plan to check out soon. After everything that has happened to Caitlyn so far, I can't wait to find out what happens next!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars goodreads review April 10 2012
By Maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Let me start by saying that this book is pretty awesome, but not in a fairy tale type of way. It's quite deep and dark, but I think the fact that it's got such a realness to it is what makes it so good. Think holocaust and/or slavery but with paranormals. Some people are gifted, called Paras and they are hunted, persecuted, treated terribly, and have some awful things done to them just because they were born that way! It all started when the world found out some people had these gifts and then had the Cleansing. It's as bad as it sounds.
Caitlyn and her mom are on the run, on a desperate way to save themselves from the government who will either kill you, torture you until you die, or enslave you to work for them to hunt others just like you. This kid makes me want to be brave and have half of her guts! She knows that there are some non-gifted humans who sympathize and even support the Paras but with the terrible circumstances, it could mean death for them just because of association. Caitlyn takes some high risks but it's the right thing to do, even if it means forfeiting her life. And to top it off, she falls for a non-Para and this could literally mean death if he finds out, or worse!

This is also a story for abuse victims learning to get help where they can and having a friend to lean on, regardless of the chance and risk, can mean the whole world! AND it's got twists, turns, crazy good plot, and a total surprise that will slap you in the face! Honestly, I really wanted to hug Caitlyn, I think she needed it, but the end, she found a network of people who were willing to be there for her, no matter what... And that's worth it all!

I think everyone should read this, wether it be a teen, who is bullied in school, or the bully, for you can learn a valuable lesson, or an adult, as you can learn that a smile or even a hello to a stranger can be a lifeline! Yes, it's a hard subject, but it's something everyone should be aware of, and the paranormal side just makes it down right adventurous! And fun too! I think I'd like to have the ability of move things, without touching, telekenetics empaths, telepaths, and clairvoyants have something that may be a little overwhelming!

5 paws for me!
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