December 24, 2017
A re-imagining of the Hunger Games where descendants of a royal samurai clan, the Ainu commune, a South Korean soldier, an American agent, and Japanese assassins work together to win The Foragers Contest. Contestants are multi-tasked to compete for the honor of becoming the Ultimate Forager. In order to pass the initial round, they must secure one of three registration badges, their own, their predator’s or their prey’s. Among the contestants, two assassin clans seek recruits to win their battle for power over S.S.O. A former government agent, a boy looking for his father, an assassin, and an orphan are enemies on the path to becoming an unlikely family.
My favorite characters are definitely the Mori Clan, they're so intense and I like the female leads, Maya and Mrs. Mori. Mrs. Kimura, head of the Kan, also makes a great antagonist. Although, it can be hard to tell sometimes as Mrs. Kimura and Mrs. Mori are such parallels of each other, they want the same thing. They started as friends years ago only to be each other's worst enemies, fighting over recruits in the contest to win their battle. I love how all the contestants get caught up in their world without knowing what the contest is really about, not the money prize, but for becoming an assassin. Can't wait for the second book and see how the characters develop over the course of the contest, especially when they find out the truth.