After the Eclipse – the night vampires began openly slaughtering human victims – everything changed. Out of fear, the government salvaged what remained of the human population and enclosed them in massive, security-laden cities called White Sectors, while marking the vampire infested territory as Red Sectors.
When seventeen-year-old Sloane McAllister’s twin brother disappears, she seems to be the only one who thinks he isn’t dead, and vows to stop at nothing to find him. Gathering her courage, she braves the Red Sector to search for clues to his whereabouts. By chance, she encounters Aden, a handsome, charismatic vampire with a hidden agenda. He turns Sloane against her will, and whisks her away to his underground city. Enemies quickly become friends as Sloane struggles against her attraction to Aden, and resists her growing loyalties to the creatures that ruined her life. But the vampires themselves are the least of her problems. The city is harboring a devastating secret, one that could change the tide of the war and threaten to destroy everything Sloane has come to believe in.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to
Proserpine@ Proserpine craving books, and Krystal Jones!)
Sloane lives in a dystopian Pittsburgh, where vampires live in the ‘red sector’ surrounding the city, and humans are kept safe inside high fences.
When ‘the eclipse’ happened 3 years ago, and the vampires came out, Sloan’s brother Orion was taken, and Sloan is determined to find him.
Stealing her best friend Leo’s scarlet dagger – a weapon made with scarlet steel that is harmful to vampires, Sloan runs away and into the red sector, searching for any trace of her brother.
Once in the red sector she’s attacked by a rogue vampire. She kills him, but her next encounter with a vampire ends in disaster, and she wakes to find herself a vampire!
Still determined to find Orion though, Sloane perseveres in her search, but all she ever thought she knew about vampires is about to be proved wrong though.
Can Sloane find her brother? What will she do now that she herself is a vampire? And does she really have feelings for the vampire that turned her?
I enjoyed this book. Although it was about vampires, it didn’t feel like your average vampire story, and I liked the idea of the scarlet steel.
Sloane was a great character, although she seemed older than her 17 years, and I admired her determination to find her brother, even if it was a little misguided.
I liked Aden (the vampire that turned her), and thought that the subtle romance between them was done really well. He was a totally loveable character, and I liked the way he behaved towards Sloane.
I liked the storyline, and didn’t guess the major twists and turns in the tale at the end! I’m intrigued as to what will happen in the next instalment now!
7.5 out of 10.