Review No.135 – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown – Holly Black

Indigo, 2013

No one believed it when the first cases hit the media. Now everyone knows the truth: vampires are real. Even quarantined inside Coldtowns, they spread the infection, with glamourised livefeeds of what takes place behind their walls inspiring fascination and infatuation from the humans outside. But the Coldtowns themselves are only an illusion of safety. The morning after a party, Tana Bach wakes up to find her friends dead, her ex bloodthirsty with the onset of infection, and a vampire chained up beside him. It’s not a good start to the day. And things only get worse from there…

Using the world building of her short story of the same name (which can be found in her anthology The Poison Eaters and other stories), Black spins a fresh take on the vampire legend, exploring the ramifications of their exposure in a media-driven age and the logical effect that has on human society with a cast of characters who are diverse, flawed and multifaceted. I love Black’s style of writing and this latest novel is as sharp and intelligent as ever. I’m not sure yet whether she intends to write a sequel – I’d love it if she did, but The Coldest Girl in Coldtown stands on its own just fine.

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