Vampire Thriller with a Difference,
This review is from: The Last Days (Paperback)
With 'The Last Days' and it's predecessor 'Parasite Positive', Scott Westerfeld has created worthy additions to Vampire mythology. I think the first novel is the stronger of the two but both are exciting and compelling reads.
Events of The Last Days run more or less parallel to those in Parasite Positive. Towards the end there is some overlap with characters from PP appearing but the second instalment features five new teenagers trying to survive in a crumbling and increasing anarchic New York.
Westerfeld's writing style in immensely readable and the idea of viral vampirism inspired. The main let down of this saga is that the real villains of the piece just aren't that scary. The Last Days also lacks the 'History of Viruses' sections that popped up from time to time during PP, which is shame as these were both interesting and entertaining. The central idea of the second novel, the idea of music as bait, isn't quite so convincing and this rubs off some of the novel's lustre.
That said, The Last Days is as gripping and unputdownable as any book you're likely to read. Although Westerfeld does tie up most of the loose ends (perhaps, a little too quickly), he has left himself plenty of opportunities to come back and revisit his ravaged metropolis. I sincerely hope that he does so soon.