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A people's history of the vampire uprising
2018
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In this ambitious and wildly original debut--part social-political satire, part international mystery--a new virus turns people into something a bit more than human, upending society as we know it.

This panoramic fictional oral history begins with one small mystery: the body of a young woman found in an Arizona border town, presumed to be an illegal immigrant, disappears from the town morgue. To the young CDC investigator called in to consult with the local police, it's an impossibility that threatens her understanding of medicine.

Then, more bodies, dead from an inexplicable disease that solidified their blood, are brought to the morgue, only to also vanish. Soon, the U.S. government--and eventually biomedical researchers, disgruntled lawmakers, and even an insurgent faction of the Catholic Church--must come to terms with what they're too late to stop: an epidemic of vampirism that will sweep first the United States, and then the world.

With heightened strength and beauty and a stead diet of fresh blood, these changed people, or "Gloamings," rapidly rise to prominence in all aspects of modern society. Soon people are beginning to be "re-created," willingly accepting the risk of death if their bodies can't handle the transformation. As new communities of Gloamings arise, society is divided, and popular Gloaming sites come under threat from a secret terrorist organization. But when a charismatic and wealthy businessman, recently turned, runs for political office--well, all hell breaks loose.

Told from the perspective of key players, including a cynical FBI agent, an audacious campaign manager, and a war veteran turned nurse turned secret operative, A People's History of the Vampire Uprising is an exhilarating, genre-bending debut that is as addictive as the power it describes.

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School Library Journal Review
What would happen if vampirism became a desired condition, with such enthusiastic converts as Taylor Swift and the Pope? In his epic horror debut, Villareal imagines such a future. When the Nogales organic blood illness (NOBI for short) begins to sweep first through a modern-day United States and then the world, scientists quickly realize that "Gloamings," as some vampires start to call themselves, are temptation personified, have astounding physical capabilities, and can live up to 300 years. They also have a taste for blood and an aversion to sunlight. Soon tensions rise, and clear lines are drawn between those who support the Gloamings and those who fear or despise them. The tale is told from multiple perspectives-a detained Jesuit priest, an FBI agent-but framed by the accounts of young CDC virologist Dr. Lauren Scott. Readers will quickly become engrossed in this detailed, ambitious oral history. VERDICT A completely captivating, imaginative, and at times genuinely terrifying read from start to finish. For fans of Max Brooks's World War Z or Richard Matheson's I Am Legend.-Kaitlin Frick, New York Public Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Vampire civil rights? Villareal's fast-paced debut blends the supernatural and questions revolving around the right-to-work, offering a satirical indictment of how a system favoring haves over have-nots can be detrimental to all humanity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assigns a young, inexperienced virologist to investigate a minor incident in an Arizona border town. Her research leads to the discovery of the Nogales organic blood illness (NOBI), a virus that changes humans into vampires. The afflicted can choose to simply feed or to create another vampire, but that process is also selective some die during transition. Nevertheless, a successful re-creation offers health, physical strength, and an extended life span, and many are tempted. Even though they are secretive and manipulative, the hangers-on become addictively attracted to and willing partners in any vampire endeavor. This leads to ever-increasing challenges to existing economic, legal, governmental, and religious systems. Can humanity stand against this powerful uprising? Using an oral history format, as in Max Collins' World War Z (2006), the story builds momentum to a surprise-ending revelation.--Lockley, Lucy Copyright 2010 Booklist
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