A panoramic thriller that begins with a missing body from a small town morgue, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising was a title that I was anticipating when I heard about it. As soon as my summer semester wind down, I reached for this, unable to wait any longer, but after a few chapters, I lost the momentum to continue on. A crafty plot that had a lot of potential that unfortunately fell flat in execution. Told through multiple POVs, this story started off strong, beginning with Dr. Lauren Scott from the CDC investigating the virus, but each chapter with a different narrative became dull, repetitive, and echoed the thoughts and emotions of each character with the virus overrunning the nation.
I don’t consider this a vampire “uprising” but rather an overview of the NOBI virus that is at times intriguing but often felt unorganized without a real plot. About a third of the way through, I started to skim the remainder because even at that point, I didn’t feel the thriller factor, there was no action and not much progress with the story to keep my attention. It felt like a premise that came to the author’s mind—which was unique and clever—without much time put into planning before the writing process began. Two aspects that I liked included Dr. Lauren Scott’s POV, which I preferred out of the rest, and the format of the novel with eyewitness reports, magazine articles, blog posts, congressional testimony, and interrogation transcripts. However, it was just too long and by the end, it didn’t feel much like a conclusion to what was supposed to be A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising.
The body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, walks out of the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to consult the local police, it’s a bizarre medical mystery.
More bodies, dead of a mysterious disease that solidifies their blood, are brought to the morgue, and disappear. In a futile game of catch-up, the CDC, the FBI, and the US government must come to terms with what they’re too late to stop: an epidemic of vampirism that will sweep first the United States, and then the world.
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Mulholland Books
I received a copy in exchange for an unbiased review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.