The Strain

The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, Book 1) The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro
My review
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Knowing in advance that this was the first book in a trilogy, I prepared to be disappointed by the ending. But this was a rare case where I ended the book wanting more. Finally, a vampire novel that doesn’t suck, where the vampires aren’t emo goths dealing with their stupid angst issues. These vamps are appropriately ancient and out to drink your blood. Even the heroes are flawed, which makes the book that much better. Sure, there are things that seem familiar (an airplane lands and goes dark, seen on Fringe, vampirism as virus, like in I Am Legend, etc), but there seem fresh in this presentation, and the pace is frenetic, pushing and pushing forward. There is also plenty of material that was just barely touched upon (the mysterious three other ancient vampires for example) that makes me really look forward to the next two books. Highly recommended read.
Next up is On The Beach by Nevil Shute.