On My Bookshelf: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly BlackFebruary 01, 2016
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. And once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
Why I liked it: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is young adult literature, but definitely falls outside my usual reading genre. This was my first "vampire" book (gasp! no I haven't even read the Twilight series), but despite that, I couldn't put the book down. I thought I would just read a few chapters before going to bed one night and hours later it was 1:30 am, I was finished up the book, and feeling a bit jumpy anytime I heard a noise outside.
The novel's setting would be considered apocalyptic because of the outbreak of vampires, but otherwise its a normal world, similar to the TV series The Leftovers. Fans of The Walking Dead would also like this book, but society hasn't deteriorated quite as much as TWD, only in "coldtowns," the quarantined areas where vampires live.
Classroom application: This is a novel I would definitely add to my classroom library and would be appropriate for upper middle school and high school students. The romance aspect might be a turnoff to some of your male students, but I think there is more than enough action in the plot to balance out the romance elements. It could be used in literature circles themed around the genre of fantasy or dystopia.
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