Vaempires: Revolutionby Thomas Winship
Series: The Evolutionary War #1
Published on October 31, 2011 by Createspace
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
It is the morning of Princess Cassandra's sixteenth birthday. Everyone's attention is focused on the heir to the vampire throne. World leaders, the rich and famous, and VIPs from every corner of the globe have gathered in the nation's capital to celebrate the momentous event.
Cassandra's boyfriend, Daniel, is late for the party. He's still outside the city when all hell breaks loose. What he believes is an act of terrorism proves to be a full-fledged revolution. Vaempires-former vampires who mutated into warm-blooded creatures with an insatiable hunger for cold blood-have launched coordinated attacks across the globe, with three goals: the eradication of humanity, the enslavement of vampires, and the ascension of vaempires as the dominant species on the planet.
The vampire and human leaders are killed. Cassandra is missing. Daniel is the acting king. Desperate to find the princess, Daniel and his friends fight their way across the besieged city. With the hopes of the free world resting on the shoulders of four vampire teenagers, vaempires unleash their secret weapon: a new breed of vaempire that is far deadlier than any ever seen before.
What can four teens do against an enemy that can shape-shift, fly, and walk through walls?
From the very start, Vaempires was an action-packed adventure. Winship puts a new twist on the idea of vampires and the characters were strong enough to carry the story. It made it very easy to read the entire book in one sitting.
Out of all the vampire books I’ve read in the past couple years, this book was the first to take a new look at vampires (and vaempires). The human-vampire alliance against the vaempires was a breath of fresh air, and made for a very suspenseful cliffhanger. Vampires are no longer the enemies of humans as they’ve developed a blood synthesis to keep them going. However, the vaempires–warm-blooded vampires changed by evolution–require vampire blood and there’s no way to make that through science. They’re a threat to the way things are.
Other than the originality of the story premise, I was attracted to this book because the characters were teens. As I read on, I found that Daniel and Cassandra who were only fifteen acted like adults. Their society and social standings really showed how your environment can affect your day-to-day manners. These two gave the story that extra edge, something I haven’t seen in a vampire story recently.
Although I felt like a few of the action scenes read like a comic or video game, the overall book was great and all too short. Where else will you find an apocalyptic, semi-science fiction novel about vampires the next stage in vampiric evolution? That’s right, vampires have evolved and it’s a new world.