Review| The Outside

16118166Author: Laura Bickle

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Series: The Hallowed Ones #2

Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal

Release Date: September 3, 2013

Format: Hardback from Library

After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation.

And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return? {goodreads.com}

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My Review:

This was a wonderful conclusion to The Hallowed duology. Bickle has honestly created a world that I have never read about before. Yes it is about vampires, but these vampires don’t sparkle, they aren’t drop dead gorgeous (har har, get it? Drop dead!) and they cannot function within society (i.e. hold a night job, and or make a good mate…because they will eat you). I can honestly say that Bickle’s vampire is a perfect melding of traditional vampire / zombie / chemical warfare victim. These vamps are what sparkly vamps’ nightmares are made of: truly evil, down to every cell of their being, or unbeing.

Bickle’s vampires, as I mentioned in my review of The Hallowed Ones, are closer to what ancient folklore has described as a vampire, which I think is wonderful. The role of Alex, and his past and an anthropology major, fit so well in to the discussion and discovery of the vampires. Without this kernel of knowledge (i.e. Alex explaining different cultural definitions of vampires) I honestly believe that the story would have fallen flat.

I loved how much Katie grew as a person. She finally came to terms with her beliefs and how her old plain life fit in with her new self. She became truly fulfilled and allowed her spiritual side to love Alex and what he represents: the outside.

I recommend this story to anyone who loves a good end of the world / vampire story. Bickle’s take on this old tale with have you pondering the possibility of vampires for days to come.

 

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