Fall, The: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

Rating: 
4

"The Fall" by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan: In book two of their Strain Trilogy, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan remind readers that not all vampires are pale-faced teens with strong moral codes and a soft spot for brunettes. "The Fall" continues where "The Strain" left off. Holocaust survivor and vampire slayer Abraham Setrakian is recovering from his run-in with the Master, ruler of the vampires. Ephraim Goodweather and Vasiliy Fet are trying to help Setrakian save the world from a vicious strain of vampirism that has been spreading wildly.

New York City is destroyed, and the undead multiply by the hundreds every night, causing such chaos that the power grid is almost obsolete. There is no police force or agency capable of defending the last remaining humans. The authors eloquently paint a city where cellphones are used only as flashlights and wireless Internet is a memory.

The characters introduced in "The Strain" are enthralling, taking readers deep into Setrakian's early life, when he discovered the vampire strain and formulated his vendetta against the Master. But the new characters make "The Fall" really shine. When some Latin rival gangsters are recruited, they add much needed comedy and nearly explode off the page.

The only hiccup is the sporadic addition of Vasiliy's blog, which is interspersed throughout the book. This feels forced and out of place in a story where readers witness the death of technology.

Del Toro and Hogan still make a strong team. "The Fall" is gripping, and vivid enough to spur a few nightmares - even among the biggest horror fans. Clearly pulling from his vast imagination - one that created the creatures of "Pan's Labyrinth" - del Toro invents a vampire that manages to be unique, even in today's oversaturation of such stories.


Review by Summer Moore

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From the Library

As the 20th century evolved, rational man turned to science to explain mythology that had pervaded for thousands of years. How could a man be mistaken for a vampire? How could someone appear to have been the victim of a vampire attack? Science, in time, came back with answers that may surprise you.Anemia
A million fancies strike you when you hear the name: Nosferatu!N O S F E R A T Udoes not die!What do you expect of the first showing of this great work?Aren't you afraid? - Men must die. But legend has it that a vampire, Nosferatu, 'der Untote' (the Undead), lives on men's blood! You want to see a symphony of horror? You may expect more. Be careful. Nosferatu is not just fun, not something to be taken lightly. Once more: beware.- Publicity for Nosferatu in the German magazine Buhne und Film, 1922  

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