“I'll get my criticisms out of the way first.
This ended up being a little formulaic. This doesn't really surprise me, since del Toro has a movie background. But it still struck me as a little too "action sequence-y" at the end. I could see it playing well as the climax of a movie, but hoped for a little more from this book, at least from a literary standpoint.
I also was not happy with the behavior of some of the main characters at the end. One says that they need to split up. Another responds that no, you NEVER split up! Seriously, one of the first rules of horror movies or novels...you split up, you die. Perhaps that was a little tongue-in-cheek, with a character saying what I was thinking, so I'll cut 'em some slack there.
Those are the two reasons I didn't give this five stars, because I really thought this was a fun take on vampires. I know that zombies are all the rage right now (and I'm guilty of loving them, too...but if loving them is wrong, I don't want to be right), so it was fun to revisit an old bloodsucking friend. These vampires are VERY creepy. They have a menace and ick factor that has been missing from a lot of recent vampire stuff.
Decent (if not detailed) writing about the CDC doctors and isolation procedures. Nothing that set off alarm bells for me and made me angry. I can't say I'm real fond of any of the characters so far, except for Vasiliy Fet, who is one badass rat catcher. I enjoyed the descriptions of what happened with various people as they changed and went after their families. Scary stuff!
The mystery of the darkened plane and the creepiness of the vampires started this book off right for me, but I was a little disappointed the predictable way it ended. I hope the second and third books in the trilogy really bring it, because there's great possibility here. ”
Beth R wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013.