Author: Julie Kagawa
File type: eARC
Release date: January 29th, 2012
Genre: YA, dystopia, horror, vampires
Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa
Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....
I am sorry, but I didn’t like this short story at all. Sure, Kanin was there for a while but her was more of an extra than a real character. He still managed to get my attention because he is Kanin. Dark, tortured, brooding vampire who wants to make things right.
Main character of this story is Kyle, a doctor in training who takes care of her dying patients who got infected with Red Lungs. I have no objections when it comes to her and her man, Ben. It’s just that the story itself jumped from YA dystopian novel into overly dramatic mess. It went something like this Dear, the world is ending. Let’s have unprotected sex! Who has time to go on a condom hunt! Ignore the strange man we met an hour ago who let us make love on his bed. If we stay quiet he won’t even hear us. Then Kyle and Ben travel to his childhood home which is in the middle of nowhere because he needs to go back even though his father is a hillbilly. And of course, people there don’t believe there are things like zombies and vampires until the rise from the ground and attack them. They huddle up the house while rabids run around. Some people die and we see Kanin again in the end boarding a boat like a boss saying to himself he will murder the whole crew.
I really didn’t expect this novella to be such a flop because it’s Julie Kagawa we’re talking about. I don’t have high expectations when it comes to novellas but I felt like this one was written just for the money. Over-the-top romance didn’t help either.