Hunter: The Fallen One by C.L. Hagely

Hunter: The Fallen One by C.L. Hagely
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story ( 124 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

A hostile takeover of earth is unfolding secretly right before our very eyes. Is this a political move, or is something much more ancient and sinister at hand? Mystery schools were formed by the elite to train soldiers to further their agenda.

Lian Hunter is a freshman at one of these schools for the exclusively wealthy – the Tri- Asterisk Academy in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. When students start suddenly disappearing, Lian starts to feel something evil and corrupt underlying the veneer of the academy. Can he uncover the truth about his school before it is too late or is he just another soldier in training?

You never know what will happen when you’re the new kid at the beginning of a school year.

Tri-Asterisk Academy was such an unusual institution. While I’m not entirely sure that I’d want to be a student there, I was thrilled by the descriptions of the exciting classes that they offered. They covered topics that are completely overlooked in most high schools, and that made me wish I could shadow one of the teens there for a day to see what other kinds of peculiar and amusing things the professors like to teach there.

There were pacing issues in this story. The beginning got off to a slow start, and it didn’t speed up much from there. This wasn’t at all what I was expecting to find based on how the blurb was written. The plot itself had plenty of room for excitement, so I was surprised by the fact that it didn’t take advantage of more of those opportunities to show how the main character was responding to the strange things that were going on around him.

With that being said, the question of what was happening to Lian’s classmates was a fascinating one. I liked the fact that the main character had no clue what was going on at first. It made me curious to see if he’d figure out where they went and why none of the adults around him were talking about what should have been a huge news story for their community.

I’d recommend Hunter: The Fallen One to anyone who has ever felt out of place. Sometimes there are good reasons why this happens!

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