It is recommended you read The Strain before getting into this one. Events follow right after The Strain, and there’s no recall or a summary of what happened before in The Fall. Besides, if you don’t read The Strain you’re definitely missing out.
The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Centers for Disease Control’s team—leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late. Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for control. At the center of the conflict lies a book, an ancient text that contains the vampires’ entire history . . . and their darkest secrets. Whoever finds the book can control the outcome of the war and, ultimately, the fate of us all. And it is between these warring forces that humans—powerless and vulnerable—find themselves no longer the consumers but the consumed. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been transformed into a bloodcrazed creature of the night, and now she stalks the city looking for her chance to reclaim her Dear One: Zack, Eph’s young son. With the future of humankind in the balance, Eph and his team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet and joined by a crew of ragtag gangsters, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone has imagined—a fate worse than annihilation. (Taken from Amazon.ca)
I am wowed again by another fantastic book by these two authors. The action picks up where it left off and the story does take a turn for becoming more bleak. Yet the action sequences are very well written and it’s like as if you’re watching a horror movie instead of reading a horror book. There are plenty of moments that bring a chill to your spine, and moments where you’re wondering if a certain character has survived or not. There’s quite a number of cliffhanger moments making you want to read the book further. The descriptions are well done and leaves the reader to their imagination which makes the scenes more creepy and scary.
I really enjoyed the chapters in between the storyline where they focus more on Setrakian’s past. You do get a lot of questions answered and there’s more to his story than just a simple monster slayer. These parts I did like reading the most, and I wish there really was a small book just dedicated to Setrakian’s story and his life (those little chapter bits just weren’t enough for me). Zack annoyed me. Sure, he’s not over what happened with Kelly but he just ends up being stupid in the end. Yet in the climax of the book I expected something like that would happen, predictable but still fun to read.
The characters stay the same, and there are a few new additions but nothing major to change the impact of the story, despite this, be prepared for some drastic changes to the cast. I’m not sure if I’m happy with the way it ended but it does leave room for a lot more to happen. There is more blood and gore than the first book, so those who are squeamish are warned to either skip those parts or just skip the book all together as it’s more graphic and more detailed.
I’m anticipating the final book of this trilogy and I’m hoping it is every bit as good as this one and the previous one. It’s definitely a series to get into for those into horror and vampires but also for someone wanting something that’s a bit different from your typical vampiric horror. Give this trilogy a try, it’s definitely worth it.
I give it a 10 out of 10.