Author: K. L. Kerr
Genre: Paranormal (Vampires)
Rating: 4 Stars
Description/Synopsis: The vampires of Dayson city are preparing for war. Having lived in constant fear of the Archway Corporation for decades, desperation has forced them into action. Their solution is to bring the First vampire, Alistair, back from the dead, a warrior famed for eradicating entire armies in the name of his kind.
For fledgling vampire Catrina Malinka, the fabled return of some unknown deity falls low on her list of concerns. Between fending off strangers trying to kill her in her dreams and trying to rein in an uncontrollable power that no one else even understands let alone shares, Catrina is forced to fight her assumed role in the war against Archway, which threatens to send her down a path she doesn’t want to travel.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Cover: Gorgeous, though I’m not entirely certain why the model has black eyes.
I received this book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is one of those books that I thought I knew what I was getting into before I read it, and then was pleasantly surprised to find out I didn’t know squat. The Genesis is a story about Catrina Malinka, a girl who was raised inside a scientific society who’s main purpose is to seek out Supernatural/Paranormal or Fantastical creatures and study them in the hopes of not only preserving these species, but using their abilities to further mankind. Or so she thought. In the blink of an eye, Catrina is taken from her life of tracking the Supernatural and introduced to the realm of the undead. She is turned into a Vampire, and throughout the story struggles with learning to be a fledgling Vampire. Unfortunately, she finds herself in the midst of a war between the vampires and a group of supernatural-hunters intent on putting an end to all Vampires. She’s been conscripted as a vessel for the oldest Vampire ever to walk the Earth–whether she wants to or not–prophesied to save their species from extinction. What follows is a plot full of mystery, suspense, conspiracies, and drama as Catrina learns the truth behind the hunters, the first vampire (Aisen), and a mysterious force called The Genesis.
I really liked this book. It was a different take on the usual vampire stories; these vampires were ruthless and unapologetic about it. The main character has no problem killing people, and doesn’t waffle over the morals of ending human life. It was a refreshing POV in an old genre. Also, although the lore wasn’t extremely heavy in this story, it felt like there was a sense of lore to it. I loved the conspiracies around the hunters, Aisen, and The Genesis, and following along as Catrina figured out all the pieces. The characters were all unique and well-voiced, and the writing was well done. The author certainly had a firm hold on the tension building in this story; I never felt the narrative was dragging.
The only things that really bothered me about the story was A) Fox’s relationship with Catrina. I kept waiting for some kind of romantic connection between the two, and though it was hinted at late in the story (when he declared he couldn’t imagine the world without her), the romance never did seem to be very prominent. It may have been because the tension was so focused on the conspiracies and drama of the vampires vs hunters, or the prophecy between Aisen, Catrina, and the Genesis, but it felt like the Fox/Catrina dynamic fell a little by the wayside. It was obvious that the two cared about each other significantly, but it was hard to tell if it was a platonic relationship or a romantic one right up until the very end. B) The ending bothered me somewhat. It wasn’t a bad ending, but from the moment Jessie and Catrina started butting heads near the beginning of the book, I desperately wanted Catrina to be the one to end her. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen that way, and so the confrontation between the two didn’t feel like it ended on as satisfied a note as it perhaps could have.
Otherwise, I really can’t complain about much in this story. It was a good book, and I liked that it wasn’t as predictable as I’d expected. It was a nice change to find Vampires that not only acted like the blood-thirsty killers they are, but were also put in the light of being the weaker group in the book. They were almost refugees–fighting a war they were quickly losing and hiding in out of the way places–with none of the dynamic you’d expect of an immortal, powerful race. It was a nice change to see them in a different light. In the end, I’d highly recommend the book to anyone who’s looking for a different perspective on the vampire race, but also just a good book full of mystery, murder, and conspiracies. It’s going on my to-keep shelf. I’ll certainly be looking into the rest of the series and more books by this author.