By Mary Rowell
Genre: Sci-fi, Historical Fiction
VAMPIRES ARE SCIENCE FICTION! Imagine for a moment that vampires are not creatures of horror, but true beings that could inhabit the world we live in. They are not supernatural creatures, they are not the undead. They have been changed from human to vampire by genetic mutation; nature’s response to the devastating plagues that killed millions through the centuries.
A New Beginning : the book follows Kate from her early life in Savannah before the Civil War, to Europe, where she meets the real Dracula. Trying to create a new strain of people, Dracula experiments on Kate. Changed by the encounter, Kate is held captive before finally escaping. We follow her to England and then to New York just before the new century as she tries to create her own world, a world that provides safe haven for vampires in need.
This book completely surprised me with its fresh take on a rather overdone and saturated genre. I expected your normal paranormal tale, but what I received instead was a scientific, historical narrative of the whys and hows behind vampirism which left this book feeling less unbelievable in nature and more historically accurate, as if it is only natural to assume that a vampire isn’t necessarily a supernatural being, but an unfortunate side effect of the plague. The specific attention to the historical details surrounding the plot and settings added to the credibility and authenticity of the story. It was absolutely compelling in every way, from the characters, to the dialogue and also the backstories of everyone involved.
The author’s ability to create interesting backgrounds for her characters and then weave them into the plot worked really well. Normally with mounds of backstory in one sitting you either feel like you’ve just been subjected to one big info dump or the plot begins to drag because nothing is necessarily happening as we pause to take in the entirety of a specific characters life history. The histories are necessary for the plot to continue, and much of it is shared from either that particular character’s point of view or in dialogue between the character and Kate...
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Georgia native Mary Rowell has been writing stories since she was in elementary school. Currently a resident of Florida, Mary has been a Girl Scout volunteer and a volunteer with several local history groups. Her love of history and science fiction led to her book “A Different Breed: Book 1-The Beginning” and “A Different Breed: Book 2-Colony”. She is currently working on “A Different Breed: Book 3”. Check out A Different Breed’s Facebook page!