From the authors of the instant New York Times bestseller The Strain comes the next volume in one of the most imaginative and frightening thriller series in many, many years Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world.
The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Centers for Disease Control’s team—leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late...
Let me be up front here. This book would never have caught my eye if it weren’t for other book bloggers and book lovers on Twitter. While I enjoy sci-fi and horror, I tend to be very picky and this book would have come across to me, if I had seen it on my own, as a fangirl type thing. Just not for me. So it would have been a great tragedy, as I have now become a huge fan of not only the book, but this amazing trilogy!
Let’s start with the fact that you have two amazing authors coming together on this trilogy. You have Guillermo Del Toro (also known for his award-winning filme Pan’s Labyrinth) bringing his ability to weave reality into mythology into a stunning piece of art. And you have Chuck Hogan adding the mystique and suspense seen in his crime novels. The pair work flawlessly together, and I was immediately drawn in to the novel, even though I’d never even read the first book in the trilogy.
Without the background of what had happened, I discovered a world thrown into chaos. Scary, nasty, primal vampires flood the country, changing the landscape of a once-beloved homeland into a nightmare. I was drawn into the depth of the characters in this novel, from the motherless child, to the ex-gang-banging leader of the anti-vampire crew, to the ever-vigilant vampire hunter Abraham Setrakian. They were all believable as people and drew me further into the story.
So I must thank those book lovers I follow on Twitter, for if not for them I would never have heard of this fabulous book.
I must also thank the publisher for sending me an advance copy of the book so I was able to read it before it hit the shelves.
I urge any sci-fi or horror fan to give this book a try. Even if it doesn’t seem like ‘your thing’. I know I was stunned to find I loved it, and I’m sure you will love it too.
Check out the page for the The Strain Trilogy too!
5 out of 5 stars