Saturday 16 May 2009


A mysterious epidemic holds the city in its thrall and the chaos is contagious—black oil spews from fire hydrants, rats have taken over brooklyn, and every day, more people disappear. but all that matters to pearl, Moz, and Zahler is their new band. they ignore the madness around them and join forces with a vampire lead singer and a drummer whose fractured mind can glimpse the coming darkness. will their music stave off the end of the world . . . or summon it?

This book takes place after PEEPS, but is about a bunch of different characters. Five different characters - Moz, Zahler, Pearl, Minerva and Alana Ray. Although Cal and Lace do make an appearance or two. After all, the 'situation' is only getting worse.

Strange and yucky things are happening in New York City. Black water sprays out from the fire hydrants, rats seem to be everywhere, there are sections of the city where even the garbage trucks ignore. Not ideal conditions for summer, that's for sure. Oh, and let's not go into the fact that less people seem to be turning up to school, or that some are even going insane and throwing their belongings out of windows.

Still, this group of odd musicians decide to embark on forming a band. A band of misfits that will earn them the fame they desire, but definitely not in a way they could ever have imagined.

Each chapter is written in the POV of a different band member and keeps alternating in first person. I thought that would bug me when I started reading the book. After all, if it's in first person POV, I want to get into the character's head, right? Well, I did. Into several different characters approaching life with their own set of problems. The way Scott writes this novel is so unique that the POV changes didn't bother me at all. Actually, they each enhanced the storytelling in their own intricate way.

This was another amazing story from the fantastic mind of Scott Westerfeld. I loved it!

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