If you like: Vampires * Worms * Danger
In The Fall, book two of The Strain Trilogy, the mythology of vampires develops further. This story continues in the same strong vein as book one. That said, I did not find the addition of a character’s blog, or another character’s diary entries, to be necessary to the story. In a world where there is no electricity, and most of the city is gone, it is not realistic that someone would start writing a blog to record his thoughts. Any information provided in these narratives could have easily been shared in a more inclusive way. The rest of the story was excellent and I am really looking forward to the conclusion in book three.
I really enjoyed the depth to the mythology that was developed throughout The Fall. Since these vampires are not traditional in most ways, it provides an opportunity for a creative origin story. Our protagonists need to learn as much as they can about these ancient creatures in order to have any chance of survival. The vampires themselves also learn and evolve. Having several different classes of vampires makes the story more interesting—not to mention the creepiness of hypersensitive blind vampire children.
If like a story where the human race is the underdog, check out The Fall.
Hogan, Chuck and Guillermo Del Toro. The Fall. New York: HarperCollins e-books, 2010.