Title: The Eternal Night (Amazon, Goodreads)
Author: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan (Amazon, Goodreads)
Series: The Strain Trilogy
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Source: Christmas Gift 2011
From the authors of the instant New York Times bestsellers The Strain and The Fall comes the final volume in one of the most electrifying thriller series in years
It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain, and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There is only night as nuclear winter blankets the land, the sun filtering through the poisoned atmosphere for two hours each day—the perfect environment for the propagation of vampires.
There has been a mass extermination of humans, the best and the brightest, the wealthy and the influential, orchestrated by the Master—an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers—who selects survivors based on compliance. Those humans who remain are entirely subjugated, interred in camps, and separated by status: those who breed more humans, and those who are bled for the sustenance of the Master’s vast army.
The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters—Dr. Eph Goodweather, former head of the Centers for Disease Control’s biological threats team; Dr. Nora Martinez, a fellow doctor with a talent for dispatching the undead; Vasiliy Fet, the colorful Russian exterminator; and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to rescue Eph’s son, Zack, and overturn this devastating new world order. But good and evil are malleable terms now, and the Master is most skilled at preying on the weaknesses of humans.
Now, at this critical hour, there is evidence of a traitor in their midst.… And only one man holds the answer to the Master’s demise, but is he one who can be trusted with the fate of the world? And who among them will pay the ultimate sacrifice—so that others may be saved?
This was a perfect conclusion to The Strain trilogy. Yes, the ending was somewhat predictable, even from the conclusion of The Fall and through this book the conclusion was alluded to enough that you could figure it out. However, even with that in mind, this was a fantastic book.
Yes, you should read the other two books leading up to the conclusion to get the back story and the motivation for the main characters, but they too are worth your time. The others don’t move quite as fast, but this one certainly picks up the pace and draws you into the story until the very last page.
The vampires have taken over the world, and the humans are now the fodder for the masses. These are not the vampires portrayed in the Twilight Series who sparkle in the sunlight, nor are they the upper crust of vampires from Anne Rice’s novels. These vampires are one of the worst you will encounter. In appearance, I would liken them to the ‘vampires’ encountered in the movie version of I Am Legend. But even worse than the vampires are the humans who have aligned themselves with the vampires. They spy and snitch on those that don’t follow the strict rules set out by the vampires, and on those few humans still resisting.
The characters introduced in the beginning as well as some new ones make an appearance as the final confrontation between Ephraim and the Master comes together. Some will die and some will survive, but it’s all up to Ephraim and his dwindling resistance to rescue his son and hopefully conquer the Master once and for all.
While some scenes are somewhat graphic and gruesome, you have to remember this is a horror story about horrific creatures hell-bent on taking over the world and farming humans.
This is one to read and as I’ve highly recommended the first two, I cannot do anything other than highly recommend this book as well. This is a refreshing series to be included in the cannon of good vampire books.