This was your standard issue man-made vampire zombie apocalypse and was written by Justin Cronin. It started off on a great note–the first act of the book was so good I couldn’t put it down. But, then the story skipped ahead 100 years and things slowed down. By the end, it got a little more interesting, but I kind of would have liked to know what happened during those 100 years. There are two more books in the series, so I don’t know if it will be addressed in them. I guess I will find out eventuallly.
One very disappointing thing about this book was the number of typos in it. The book was published in 2010, so you’d think those would have been fixed by now. I mean, millions of copies have been sold, so surely it’s not still on the first print run. When I say “typos” I don’t mean that a word was spelled incorrectly, but that the wrong word was used (I don’t know what else to call it). I recall seeing four instances of this in the book. The only one I remember at this point was that the word “wretch” was used instead of “retch”. Twice! It’s pretty rare that I spot a typo in a book. One series that was rife with typos was True Blood. But, if I recall correctly, this mostly occurred in the first few novels and once the series was made popular by the HBO show of the same name, the author must have gotten a better editor.
My rating: 3.5/5