Suffer The Children
by Craig DiLouie
Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?
Suffer The Children starts out as a great horror novel and the lead-up to the 'big event' was great. I found it went slightly downhill after that, though. Instead of the pure horror that I was expecting, there was a lot of dialogue between characters and filler scenes. At times I grew bored and wished that things would hurry up.
It was an interesting take on vampirism, though, and I liked the moral ambiguity the characters struggled through.
It would be a great book for people who like their books to meander along before hitting you with the more intense scenes.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a free review copy.