Gene isn't "normal." He must hide his true nature from everyone. He would be in extreme danger if anyone knew his secret. So he attends school trying not to attract attention; he doesn't have any friends and doesn't allow anyone to come to his house.
Gen is a "heper" and would be hunted and killed if anyone knew. He is human and only a few of his kind are left. He is able to conceal his true identity by plucking all his body hair, putting in his fangs, and joining the other "normal" people as they eat raw, bloody meat.
However, things suddenly change drastically. The government decides that it is time for a "heper hunt." They will randomly choose 5 hunters who will stalk and kill hepers that will be released during the hunt. Gene is chosen and he is quickly taken with the other hunters to groom him for the hunt.
This is a fast-paced, gripping novel that was very different from the other vampire/zombie/werewolf books I have read this year. The Hunt is great - read it now! Right now! Stop reading this blog ... go get a copy of The Hunt!