Series: The Hallowed Ones #2
Publication: September 3, 2013
Genre: Paranormal YA
Pages: 320 pp.
Source: Blog Tour/Netgalley
Katie's kicked out of her community for harboring an outsider and breaking the laws of her people. Shunned by her loved ones, she sets out with her companions Alex and Ginger outside as they travel north in hopes of locating more survivors and holding on to the hope that humanity isn't completely lost to the darkness.They learn many theories add to the cause of this vampiric outbreak but some think science is at fault and others believe it's just pure evil and signs of the end.One girl. One road. One chance to save what remains…After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation.And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return?
Katie's experience in the outside world is nothing like the what she envisioned for her Rumspringa. There is no carefree discovery or movies when she's constantly on the run from vampires. Her faith is constantly tested throughout her journey and she learns that maybe it's possible that there is more than one way that God communicates and uses his people;that darkness can leak into the most sacred of places. It's interesting to watch Katie struggle internally to hold together the pieces of the life she's known and even as she kills vampires, her ability to remain faithful and kind makes her an endearing character to root for. I think Alex is good love interest for her, he doesn't try to stifle her spirit, even as she gets herself caught up into sticky situations. He supports her and understands her need to believe in her faith.
This story made me think of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but Amish style. Katie kicks but when she gets going and Alex isn't too bad himself. On another note, it was enlightening to learn about the Amish lifestyle, personally I think I would've rebelled as well against Elders that refused to see the evil and take precautions to save their people. Overall, I think this is a good story about faith, love, and survival.
About the Author:
Laura Bickle’s professional background is in criminal justice and library science, and when she’s not patrolling the stacks at the public library she’s dreaming up stories about the monsters under the stairs (she also writes contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams).
Laura lives in Ohio with her husband and six mostly-reformed feral cats.