By Holly Black
Since it seems to be the coldest Thanksgiving week that I can recall, it only fits that today’s book is about being cold…for good.
In Black’s fictional world, vampires are real. If you are bitten, you have a slim chance of not becoming one of the undead if you can resist drinking the blood of another living human. But the urge to drink blood is so great, not even your closest loved ones are safe and very few can last the 88 days it takes to live out the infection. In the past, vampires kept control over who was turned and continued to live underground. One vampire went on a rampage and now life has changed all over the world.
Life has really changed for Tana after her mother was bitten but waking up in a house full of murdered friends means her life is changing once again. Tana races away from the horror with her ex (who has been bitten) and a strange boy who is not all what he seems. They are headed to Coldtown, the place where vampires, wannabes and those infected go to exist. Or die trying.
I loved Tana’s character. She was compassionate, courageous and determined. No matter what challenges life threw at her, she continued to move forward and live on her own terms. She never gives up, even to the last page. I wonder if there will be another book? I would love to see where Tana goes from here!
What did this book have to do with my faith? The question that kept coming up again and again was: how monstrous are we? In Black’s book, if a person is bitten and becomes vicious, cruel, and bloodthirsty is it because of the virus or was that person like that deep down before the attack? For Christians, how monstrous are we? Are we evil souls who have been saved by the blood of Christ and we will never better ourselves on this earthly plane? Or are we essentially good beings who have been given the gift of free will and have accepted Christ even while often making the wrong choices? Does being Christian change us completely or simply bring out something good in our human natures? Theologians have been arguing this for centuries so I don’t expect a final answer but would love to hear what you think.
I recommend The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.