Saturday, June 07, 2008

Peeps -- Scott Westerfeld

After my experience with Twilight, I was a little leery of trying another YA vampire novel, but I'm glad I did. This one's well written and a lot more fun. It's even educational.

Vampirism is a disease. Parasites get into the body and wreak havoc. But not in ever case. Sometimes you're a carrier, like Typhoid Mary, and don't develop all the unpleasant habits, like cannibalism. Cal's a carrier, and he works for the Night Watch, hunting down those who are infected and dangerous.

But some weird stuff is going on. When Cal discovers some ancient evil deep below the streets of New York, he also discovers that the Night Watch knows a lot more than he's been told about what's happening.

My main complaint is that this book is clearly the set-up for the following books in what I suppose is a trilogy. We're headed for the zombie apocalypse, or something like it, and to find out the rest, you have to read the following books. I'm tempted, but I'm not making any promises.

What I said about this book better written than Twilight? That doesn't mean it's perfect: "'Peeps can see in the dark,' I hissed." Well, at least there are a couple of esses in there.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Is there anyone not writing a vampire, zombie, or werewolf novel? Why the proliferation? Do we feel powerless as human beings and taking on this supernatural guise empowers us?

Bill Crider said...

I don't know the answer. I just wish I'd gotten in on the trend in time to make a few bucks.

Patrick Reumann said...

No It not a trilogy. There is a Sequel "the Last Days"but it wraps up the story. However Westerfield has written a sequel to his Uglies/Pretty trilogy, so he could surprise me on this series. Anyway I enjoy both books.
I do agree with pattinase that Vampire, Werewolf and Zombie novels seen to over exposed in the market place. Yet as friend pointed out many are very well written. And the series I read have been very good.

Sorry you missed the trend, Bill. However there will be another trend in publishing coming sooner or latter