And so, every Sunday for the foreseeable future, I would like to highlight short stories and novellas set in worlds I've already come to love and learn a little more about some of the secondary characters in my favorite novels. I'll be underscoring some of my favorite aspects of these short works of fiction, in addition to offering up a mini review of each work.
This week I'm featuring a short story from an anthology focusing on the end of the world as we know it:
Author: Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre & Karen Duvall
Series: Blood of Eden, book #0.5 (prequel)
Publisher: Harlequin Luna
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
Source: from publisher via Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
This week, I'll be reviewing Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa. Next week, I plan to review the short story by Ann Aguirre, followed the next week by Sun Storm by Karen Duvall. That's the plan, anyway. :)
Dawn of Eden, prequel to The Immortal Rules, by Julie Kagawa
First, let me say that although this is a prequel to the Blood of Eden series, you don't have to know anything about that series to enjoy it. If you have read The Immortal Rules, you'll definitely enjoy this short story more because it takes place right at the turning point, when things went from bad to worse, and the characters happen upon a familiar face, one that I didn't even realize how much I'd missed until their identity became clearer. In fact, there were quite a few familiar things, which kind of made this book feel like coming home.
Second, this short story is a bit more mature than a lot of YA, including The Immortal Rules. It doesn't detract from the story; I just wanted to give fair warning. Actually, the (sometimes graphic) sexuality of the book fits the intensity of the situation. Baser instincts take over when survival is on the line, when your world has been turned upside down and you're not sure whether you'll see the light of another day.
I really enjoyed this short story. I actually had forgotten how much I enjoyed The Immortal Rules and its post-apocalyptic/dystopian take on vampires and the surviving humans. It was interesting to see how the plague originated and how people reacted to it...and to those that it changed. The reactions were so believable and realistic, with the characters reflecting on losing their humanity along with everything else they'd already lost.
This is a great addition to the Blood of Eden series and has me anticipating The Eternity Cure even more than I already was. Because as much as I liked the characters in Dawn of Eden, I am so ready to return to the aftermath and all the characters I've already grown to care about: Allie, Zeke, and (hopefully) Kanin.