Original Title: Væmpires: Revolution
Series: The Evolutionary War #1
Author: Thomas Winship
Published Date: October 31st 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
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.
Væmpires—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 væmpires 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, væmpires unleash their secret weapons: a new breed of væmpire 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?
Its really not fair to end a novel with such a cliffhanger..its "Catching Fire" all over again. I was so angry with Suzanne Collins, when she finished it like that. Now, I am angry with Thomas Winship too.
The plot was set in a futuristic world. Humans mutated to vampires and there started a war of power called H-V War, meaning Human-Vampire War. This war was also called as The Great Devastation or World War III. The After Devastation (AD) years of H-V War ended up with the some peace makings and renaming of Earth as Tarados - Earth Two and the vampires becoming the leaders.
For years, the humans and vampires were living peacefully helping one another, although vampires ruled. The vampires were given synthetic blood to quench their thirst, so that they doesn't harm anyone. Then the mutation hit - and the Væmpires came along. These new species thirsted for vampire blood.
The story begins with how these Væmpires start a war destroying all humans and vampires along the way, draining the blood from vampires. Some of the Væmpires also have some special powers, like flying, reading the minds, killing with a touch, etc. So, one can imagine how cruel the war will be. The King, Queen and most of the royalty is also killed. But, Princess Cassandra, who is celebrating her sixteenth birthday on that day escapes somehow. So is Daniel, Cassandra's boyfriend and the son of the leader of the Royal Guard, and now is the acting King until Cassandra is coronated. Daniel's friends, Ray and Linq, also escapes the cruel Væmpires, fighting along the way.
These four friends do not know whether the other one is alive or dead and makes their way hoping to win the war. With their parents killed, these teenager have to win the war, save the remaining people and above all, stay alive in the process.
The plot was new and refreshing in the vampire genre. The writing and story-telling are great. This novel is all about war, so violence and blood dominates the plot than romance. Taking responsibility and tough decisions is not an easy task even for heroes, but Daniel is great on that perspective. Cassandra is brave, beautiful and intelligent. The stories of Ray and Linq are not explained, so I expect them to be in the scene in the next book. I really can't wait to read the next!
Well-written, face-paced and imaginative take on vampires!
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