The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown starts off with the main character, Tana, waking up the morning after a big party that a bunch of her friends/classmates attended. She wakes up to find that they are (almost) all dead. Turns out, there had been a vampire massacre and the vampires killed most of the kids at the party. Tana was lucky enough to have become sick the night before, separating her from the other kids. But, Tana quickly discovers that there are still vampires in the house. So, she must think quickly to try to survive. And so begins her journey.
The story is narrated in third person, mainly from Tana’s perspective. But, there are also bits and pieces inside the heads of secondary characters, such as Midnight through her blog posts, Gavriel (the vampire who spared Tana), and Pearl (Tana’s younger sister). I was not a huge fan of this book. I think I need to give up vampire books. I just never seem to enjoy them anymore, to be honest. So, this review may be a little on the downer-side, but fans of this type of vampire book will most likely love The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. It just wasn’t for me. I miss the books where vampires are bad and they are unable of peacefully co-existing with humans. Why are vampires always good — or have good intentions, or at least always have romantic encounters with humans — lately?
For the majority of the story, Tana is inside a “Coldtown”, a town that is a home to vampires and anyone who may be infected. It’s the government’s way of locking down the vampires, so they are not a threat to the outside world. Obviously, it doesn’t work as well as they would hope. Humans are able to go into Coldtown — some want to become vampires or think Coldtown looks like fun (from internet videos and feeds) — if they want, but they are not allowed to leave unless they have a “marker”. If they have a marker, then they can be tested and, providing they are not infected, they can leave.
The flaw, in my opinion, of this system is that they let ANYONE into Coldtown as long as they fill out and sign some paperwork. This includes kids. It seems a bit unrealistic (yes, I know, I know, the whole story is unrealistic; but I still feel this one aspect is worth mentioning. If vampires did exist, then I don’t think this system would be a good idea), to me, that they would just allow kids to enter, without even so much as parents’ permission. I doubt any parent would actually give consent anyway so I guess that’s probably why it is written that way. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have the story we do now, would we? But, you’d think it would have to be a rule that you have to be an adult in order to enter Coldtown. Only adults should be able to make that kind of a decision!
All in all, I didn’t care for the book. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t! I just couldn’t connect to the story or characters at all really. If you are a fan of these types of vampire books, however, I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t like it.
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