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The Last Days
Razorbill, Sep 2006, $16.99
In New York City, mountains of trash pile up due to a strike and people suddenly go berserk and are taken away by angels. One crazy lady throws her things out her window leading to high school seniors Maz and Pearl catching a 1975 Fender Stratocaster guitar. Maz tells Pearl that he plays guitar with his friend Zahler; Pearl gets the two boys to join her at her home. She also adds singer Miranda, who like so many people, is sensitive to sunlight, has enlarged canine teeth, eats raw meat, and sings in a strange language. Finally rounding out the band is homeless woman Alanna who uses paint cans for drums.
Miranda infects Maz in the subway tunnels where they see a creature being taken out by the angels. After they sign with a record company, they give a performance and a creature crashes through the floor. The angels kill it and take the shocked and, frightened band members away to prepare them for their role in the upcoming war.
THE LAST DAYS contains a radical refreshing spin on the vampire saga that grips the audience as the band forms and never let’s go until the final coda. Readers will cheer the Fab five on as they find themselves plunged into the ultimate war while wondering about a Manhattan filled with garage (the norm) and supernatural creatures like angels and vampires. However, the key to the theme is not the landscape or the paranormal minion, but the individuality of each of the band members who as a group kick butt as reluctant warriors preparing to defend humanity against an ancient enemy.