Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Review: The Night Eternal by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
The Night Eternal is the third book in the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and a Horror novel from William Morrow.
The night belongs to them, and it will be a night eternal.
After the blasts, it was all over. Nuclear Winter has settled upon the earth. Except for one hour of sunlight a day, the whole world is plunged into darkness. It is a near-perfect environment for vampires. They have won. It is their time.
Almost every single man, woman and child has been enslaved in vast camps across the globe. Like animals, they are farmed, harvested for the sick pleasure of the Master Race. Almost, but not all.
Somewhere out there, hiding for their lives, is a desperate network of free humans, who continue the seemingly hopeless resistance. Everyday people, with no other options - among them Dr Ephraim Goodweather, his co-worker, Dr. Nora Martinez, the veteran exterminator Vassily, and former gangbanger Gus.
To be free, they need a miracle, they need divine intervention. But Salvation can be a twisted game - one in which they may be played like pawns in a battle of Good and Evil. And at what cost?
The Night Eternal picks up two years after The Fall, and the world is in utter chaos. With almost constant darkness, the vampires have free reign over the Earth.
When they must take shelter from the daily hour or so of sunlight, they have human servants doing their bidding. This includes running the camps they’ve set up for blood harvesting and selected ‘re-population’ of their favorite blood type.
But hidden among what is left of the devastated human race are those who aren’t willing to go down without a fight.
Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his friends are among those resisting the vampires. With the ancient text, the Occido Lumen, in their possession, the group hope to be able to defeat the Master and regain control of the planet.
But the Occido Lumen has proven indecipherable so far - and time is running out.
The Night Eternal is a climactic ending to a thrilling ride. I loved this trilogy.
I give The Night Eternal 5 out of 5 stars.
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (October 25, 2011)