I’ve read plenty of vampire books in my life. It all started with Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and its succeeding books and then wound on down the road littered with many forgotten books to finally settle most recently on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. To be honest, I don’t know that I would have picked up Revamp without the impetus of my involvement with a book touring group, but I’m glad I did.
Here’s a little bit about the book before I tell you why I liked it:
FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK.
News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks.
They called it a blackout.
The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed.
It was the media’s fault. They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen’s throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them.
They were partially right.
It was terror after all, but a whole new kind. And when the lights came back on, things had changed.
The dark had brought us visitors.
To me, this description is excellent. I thought I knew what this book would be about but found it went in a totally different direction than this blurb.
The story starts out with Emma, a psych major traveling for interviews for graduate school. The weirdness starts when she drops off a paper to one of her professors and he’s acting very strangely. Everything just gets stranger as she boards the plane to head to California and finds some very creative characters on board. After finding a very deserted airport with people trying to kill her, Emma realizes that something very disturbing has happened to the residents of Earth.
It took me a bit to become engrossed in this book. I was waiting and waiting for the vampires to become part of the plot and when they finally did, I was hooked. After getting to that point, I appreciated the need for the back story that led up to that point.
I enjoyed that Sherman took the current vampire “myths” and changed them a bit. While there were many things we (and Emma) had heard of, like vampires not having a reflection, there were also new facts about the walking undead, like the fact that crows were drawn to them. It was interesting to read how Emma had to reconcile all of her preconceived notions about everything with this new reality, especially since she was a psychology major like I was and had a similar way of thinking.
I’ve already mentioned that I enjoy Charlaine Harris’ vampire series. If you like the politics that are present in that series and that I’m told are present in the TV series True Blood, then you’ll appreciate Revamp. Revamp not only focuses on the day to day life of vampires, but who is in charge and how the vampires were firmly seated in the CIA for years. Also similar is how the vampires were in existence but in hiding for quite some time. While reading this book, I couldn’t help but shudder, because really, this could be true. Who knows what the government is hiding from us?
If you like Stephen King’s attention to minute detail, then you’ll appreciate the similar details that Sherman provides. Some people are annoyed by that, but I like knowing that Emma grabbed Twinkies and not just a snack. I’ve read elsewhere that Sherman lists King as an influence and it shows. I think of Revamp as the vampire novel that King never wrote but we were always waiting for.
I’d like to learn more about the whole background of the vampires and why they took over during the blackout. This really isn’t examined at all so I think some more background information, perhaps as the hunters themselves learn more in further books, would be something I would enjoy.
I think the timing was excellent in my reading of Revamp, especially with Halloween around the corner. If you’re looking for a great chiller to read, you can snag Revamp from Amazon for Kindle for only 99 cents. This book is worth so much more than that price which is saying a lot for me – I’m cheap about buying books but would snatch this up in an instant. You can also buy it in paperback on Lulu.
Also check out this giveaway to be a character in one of Beck Sherman’s next books, as well as other cool prizes!
And finally, be sure to check out Beck Sherman’s guest post on Dr. Pepper Diva today! Our stops are just two in an on-going tour – you can find the schedule by clicking the banner above.