Book Thoughts

Reading: Certain Dark Things

Certain Dark Things Book Cover Certain Dark Things
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Fiction
Macmillan
October 25, 2016
336

 

Who knew that vampires could feel fresh again? This novel follows Domingo, a teen aged garbage picker, who stumbles upon Atl, an inexperienced young vampire, fleeing enemies in Mexico City.

Mexico City itself feels like a character in the novel. I've never been there, but it felt rich and alive in a real way. You see the garbage and corruption.  Internet cafe's, and crumbling architecture are juxtaposed. Old and new feels coexists in chaos.

If you keep an eye out, you might notice the classic noir aesthetic layered into a modern world: complete with a chain-smoking detective, stylish gangsters, and a doomed romance. There's even a gramophone.

To me the end result was a bit cyberpunk: near future, close enough to recognize. A big city complete with grime, cigarettes, genetically modified pets, and Korean bars.

I also enjoyed how Aztec mythology was woven into the novel. The existence of Vampires would fit neatly into a world where blood sacrifices were offerings to the gods.

It's nice to read a standalone once in a while, and though Silvia mentioned she has no plans for a sequel, I could see a lot more potential for this world and would enjoy seeing how Atl finds her way through it.

2 Comments

  1. “Who knew that vampires could feel fresh again?”

    Good writing can make pretty much anything work. I was completely sick of vampires, or so I thought until I happened to see Let the Right One In, which is magnificent.

    Suddenly not so sick of vampires after all. 🙂

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