Summary : Long-winded philosophical satire with room to grow.
Ethics of the Undead takes vampires to a whole new level. Sure, they are still blood sucking murderous monsters, but they also have feelings and ethical dilemmas they must work through. Vampires that discuss ethics, really? I was skeptical too. This novel is full of comedic banter worthy of outward chuckles, where it lacks is in clarity and substance.
Welcome to the wilderness of Idaho, home of the new, and first of its kind ever, charter school for bloodsuckers and humans. Yes. You heard that correctly. The purposely obscure and tucked away vampire high school is short on funds and has opted to open its doors to mortals as a way to gain federal money. Desperation at its finest. This plan is initiated with the procurement of four culturally diverse warm-blooded students in need of scholarships. Upon their arrival, the facade crumbles leaving the students locked up, shaken and fearing for their lives. The headmaster’s promises of safety until the federal review is completed do little to qualm their unease as the teens are thrown into a school where they are not only the weakest, but the tastiest too. The students struggle to integrate into the school while plotting an escape, one that becomes all too necessary when two of them are accused of homicide.
The slant this novel takes is as much refreshing as it is entertaining. The ethical conflicts faced by the vampires and human teens are shown to cross species and are issues teens may plausibly grapple with. This gives the main characters a genuine voice. Unfortunately time that could have been spent developing said characters further is spent on nonessential characters. The prologue list of characters is discouraging, there are simply too many. Delivery is also problematic. The pace is languid with developments unbelievable many times over, even for a fiction novel. Nothing adds up. The jumps forward and backward did not help the story’s teetering structure. The story simply could not support the premise.
If there is one thing I can truly applaud, it is the wit within these pages. Witticism is right on point. There were certainly many, many laughs. Sadly, the length of this read, the sluggish pace, and the lack of plausibility within the fantasy schema outweighed my desire to like this book.
*** This book was received from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ***