Hell’s Teeth by James Fahy 5/5
A third of the human population has been lost.
The wars came, and they created a monster. The Pale, a subhuman, vampire-like drone. Then they lost control.
In the thirty years that followed, humankind sought to rebuild itself within the walls of New Oxford.
But society had become fractured – humans now lived incongruously among Genetic Others, themselves a group of many subspecies.
The most dangerous of them all: the vampires.
Somehow, these groups have managed a peaceful co-existence under the controlling government influence of the Cabal. But that is all about to change…
When Phoebe Harkness receives a phone call in the middle of the night, things take a turn to the horrifying. Her supervisor at Blue Lab One, a high-security research facility, has gone missing.
And all that is left behind: her teeth.
Dr Harkness now finds herself in a race against time to stop further bloodshed and uncover the mystery behind the victims of this horrific crime. She must navigate the dark underworld of the vampire community, without becoming someone’s prey herself…
But she is not alone – on her side, against all odds, is another vampire. Together they must fight for answers before it’s too late…
I’m not a huge vampire book fan because it has been done to death. That being said, there is always room to find a book that brings a breath of fresh air to a crowded genre, and for me, Hell’s Teeth was just that. The worldbuilding was brilliantly subtle, even though the dystopian society in which Dr Phoebe Harkness lives is totally out of the norm. The way Fahy sets up the society for Vamps, GO’s and humans to live side by side (kind of) is fascinating and well executed.
The overall tone of the book is what captured me. There’s humour and normality to a post-apocalyptic world that is not typical of the genre. This would make a brilliant TV series… just putting it out there.
Dr Harkness is no swooning damsel, and a level headed, intelligent protag was refreshing to read. Basically, all the stereotypes, cliches, and tropes were left at the title page, and this book took me on a believable adventure into Phoebe Harkness’ world that spins into the dark recesses of New Oxford.
End note: All the Helsings in the house put your hands up. *WAVES FANATICALLY*
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