BOOK REVIEW: Vaempires: Revoluation by Thomas Winship
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?
This novel starts off with a bang, and doesn’t let up. If you love non-stop action, then this book is a perfect match for you. I really had to step out of my comfort zone in terms of reading this, as I usually am drawn to more contemplative reads, but there was no denying the quality of this work.
The book is told from two main points of views, though there is also a lot of omniscience within those points of view. I was most engaged with the female point of view (Cassandra) but I have always preferred female points of view in a story.. What is notable here is how accurately Winship wrote Cassandra’s point of view. Daniel’s was equally well-written, though I have to say I often found myself eager to get back to Cassandra. She’s just awesome.
I did find, with the male point of view and the detail to action, that this was a “man’s read” (I know I’m gonna get crucified for saying that one day. It’s not very PC of me. However, I do think most guys I know would enjoy the story structure and writing style more than most girls I know). I loved the story, though, and my point here is only that if I was more tomboyish, maybe I would have loved it even more.
This story had that vibe of “the future is the past”, which is something that I enjoy when reading futuristic novels. The technology is there, yes, but it follows a path of destruction, which feels more believable to me. Maybe I’m pessimistic for thinking that way, though.
The world-building in this story is complex and interesting, and the story is full of action, danger, and even horror. It’s a visceral read and you won’t be given much time to breathe. The way Winship writes his action scenes, you can envision everything like you are right there experiencing it for yourself. That’s the mark of great writing!
This book, from start to finish, felt “honest”. I know it’s fantasy, but I appreciated that the author was true to his characters and made them realistic, imperfect beings. They had things to admire and they had flaws. They had things they overcame and things they didn’t. They progressed and they regressed. It takes strength, talent, and bravery (in my opinion) to write characters this way.
I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys dark, action-packed vampire fantasies.
Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author. Her bestselling Forever Girl Series is available at online retailers and has been optioned for film with Witten Pictures. The Hungarian edition has been published with IPC books and the German edition has been published with Darkiss, a Harlequin imprint.