So this book was referred to me by Penny when I wrote the tweet:
And she did not disappoint! First off, this book took me several days to finish because it has almost 800 pages. LOVE it!
It’s this sort of end of the world because of a nasty virus that makes people sort of like vampire/zombie crazy people. But it spans like over 100 years and has such an in depth story. I really enjoyed it and totally recommend it to people who like this type of genre. It also is the first of a trilogy, so I’m really looking forward to the rest of them.
4 stars and yes, recommend it.
Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin’s engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies. When a secret project to create a super-soldier backfires, a virus leads to a plague of vampiric revenants that wipes out most of the population. One of the few bands of survivors is the Colony, a FEMA-established island of safety bunkered behind massive banks of lights that repel the virals, or dracs—but a small group realizes that the aging technological defenses will soon fail. When members of the Colony find a young girl, Amy, living outside their enclave, they realize that Amy shares the virals’ agelessness, but not the virals’ mindless hunger, and they embark on a search to find answers to her condition. PEN/Hemingway Award–winner Cronin (The Summer Guest) uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style. The first of a proposed trilogy, it’s already under development by director Ripley Scott and the subject of much publicity buzz
- Hardcover: 784 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition, First Printing edition (June 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345504968