Synopses & Reviews
For a heme like Cole, life is a tightrope existence in which sunlight is his deadly enemy and one mistake could trap him underground, staring at the inside of a coffin lid, for eternity. After a century of wandering he may still look like a teenager, but he's known in the heme community for being observant, meticulous, and controlled—a master of life on the road.
When Cole is asked to take a newly created heme out for training, however, his usual caution may not be enough. If Gordon, the rookie who really is in his teens, can't cut ties with his old life and accept his new limitations, Cole will have to discreetly dispose of the kid—the same way a mad dog would be put down for the safety of society.
Cole thinks he can handle it. But no matter how carefully he plans, or how much he thinks he's in control, accidents still happen. . . .
"Trading demonic possession for vampirism, Jenkins (Repossessed) explores the existential crises of a clan of 'hemovores,' or 'hemes.' In her world, hemes feed on humans or 'omnis' (short for omnivores), but do so with restraint regular, controlled feedings prevent their animal 'Thirst' from taking over. Cole and a bighearted heme, Sandor, embark on a road trip to train Gordon, a nave, college-age 'accident' who has recently joined their ranks, and help him adjust to his current state. Cole displays monk-like self-discipline and denial as he models the lonely, endless nightlife of the heme for Gordon. ('You're a parasite, not a predator,' scolds Cole when Gordon realizes he could take advantage of his victim's entranced state during a feeding. 'Our lives are built on their backs, and we owe them civility at least.') As they travel, the hemes debate their ability to die, whether they possess souls and the futility of dating; the appearance of a rogue heme provides dramatic tension. Save a few minor female hemes, Jenkins's world is male-dominated, which may turn off some readers (Cole describes subservient omni groupies as 'young people who read too much Anne Rice'). But overall, Jenkins provides a page-turner and a fresh, intriguing view of the vampiric 'life.' Ages 12 up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“A fresh, intriguing view of the vampiric life.” Publishers Weekly
“A taut and compelling reimagining of the vampire legend . . . a surefire hit for vampire-loving teens.” School Library Journal
“Jenkins does a masterful job presenting Coles world and the conflicts he feels in this dark take on the vampire genre.” KLIATT
From the acclaimed author of "Damages" comes the compelling tale of a young vampire on an unexpected journey who gains the strength to face his darkest fears.
About the Author
A. M. Jenkins is the award-winning author of Damage, Beating heart: A Ghost Story, and the Printz Honor Book Repossessed, and lives in Benbrook, Texas, with three sons, two cats, and two dogs. Jenkins received the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for night road.