In The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the world has been overrun by vampires, but theyre not like any vampires youve seen before.
These clever creatures have a reputation for being as deadly as they are beautiful, so despite the many deaths they cause, no one truly wants them wiped out. Instead, the vampires are quarantined in Coldtowns, immense walled-in cities occupied by humans and vampires alike.
Cameras mounted throughout the coldtowns allow humans outside to watch what goes on within the walls, supposedly from a point of complete safety.
Watching them on a screen, the books heroine, Tana, feels distant from the vampires. They have no connection whatsoever to her own life; they couldnt hurt her and never would. But she is quickly shaken out of this belief when she wakes up to a nightmare.
Having fallen asleep at a party with her friends, Tana discovers that she, her ex-boyfriend and a brooding vampire boy are the only survivors of a massacre. Tana is faced with the choice of fleeing for her life to the nearest Coldtown along with the two boys, or staying to face whatever creatures were responsible.
Holly Blacks newest novel for teens is not for the faint of heart. Set at a whirling pace with jarring twists and turns, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown will knock you down and leave you breathless. Readers will constantly find themselves in a state of anticipation as they try to understand the characters motives, though at times, the complicated stream of information about vampires habits and the details of how vampirism spreads can be overwhelming.
Tana is a complex, gritty character who is completely unpredictable because, like anyone in such unfamiliar territory, she has no idea what shes doing. Every time it looks like shes finally safe, Tana faces another threat. But Tana retains her humanity as she navigates through Coldtown while trying to avoid infection and keep her resolve strong.
For those apprehensive about yet another vampire book: Dont be afraid to bite. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a complex, action-packed novel, with no sparkles and love triangles to be found. This intelligent thrill ride puts the Twilight series to shame.
Madisen Peek is a seventh-grader at Lee Middle School in Sanford.