My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Can I just say that no matter what anyone says, Vampires will never die for me? They’ll be as immortal as their physical bodies. So I was super excited when I realised this book dealt with vampires.
Except, they’re not technically vampires. They’re Darklings – creatures that feed on blood with fangs but come in all kinds of breeds (some with wings, some with clawed feet etc). And they’re not a secret, either. But they are an abomination, made to live in run down ghettos, locked behind a heavily guarded wall.
Black City, the book and the actual setting, reeks of poverty, disappointment, war, brutality, and discrimination. The story takes place after a destructive war that has Black City in ruins. There’s a facist leader who is determined to keep all Darklings behind the wall, starved and deprived. It’s an offence to have a relation with one, associate with one, harbour one or take the drug produced by one.
Which is why when Natalie, the daughter of the town’s Emissary, starts to fall for Ash, a twin blood (half Darkling and half human) she’s got everything to lose but just as much to gain.
There were a lot of twists and turns throughout this novel. The theme of the novel was strong, and the characters great and developed. Sometimes I found the dialogue a little bit lacking and could have done with a few more tags around them, but it was a very small minor in a book riddled with positives. I really enjoyed this book and I’d recommend it to vampire/dystopian lovers out there.