Here is the summary of the book:
They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares.
Long ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were ripped open, and it’s taken centuries to bring back civilization in the wake of the catastrophe. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous creatures fighting to break through. Others are not so lucky.
To Joyeaux Charmand, who has been a Hunter in her tight-knit mountain community since she was a child, every Cit without magic deserves her protection from dangerous Othersiders. Then she is called to Apex City, where the best Hunters are kept to protect the most important people.
Joy soon realizes that the city’s powerful leaders care more about luring Cits into a false sense of security than protecting them. More and more monsters are getting through the barriers, and the close calls are becoming too frequent to ignore. Yet the Cits have no sense of how much danger they’re in—to them, Joy and her corps of fellow Hunters are just action stars they watch on TV.
When an act of sabotage against Joy takes an unbearable toll, she uncovers a terrifying conspiracy in the city. There is something much worse than the usual monsters infiltrating Apex. And it may be too late to stop them…
Fantasy, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic and sci-fi, Hunter by Mercedes Lackey is a mash-up of everything mentioned.... I really really wanted this book to work for me too.The cover is eye-catching. This is also my first time reading Lackey and the plot sounded really good... Ultimately this just didn't work for me. Too much info-dumping on every other paragraph. The style of presentation is rather clumped together, I prefer cleaner shorter paragraphs.
The protagonist Joy was also your already seen before special snowflake. Your typical case of a simple girl with too much powers. I definitely liked the battles with the creatures and the way the major city works. Apparently Hunters are celebrities there with their own channels that posts a live updates of said Hunter's daily activities.
But everything just felt so dry. Its got a rich plot and an epic genre mash-up but somehow the balance isn't there. The story seems so lifeless and dragging that you start to lose interest after a while I also expected to see a sort of a bestiary of all the creatures, we encountered. The disarray and the breakthrough opened the Earth to invasion by the beasts from well known mythology and lore. So I expected illustrations because really this is a dry plot and in livening it up a bit.
"Good epic fantasy mashup that fails in its delivery."