Author: Gabriel Dylan
Genre: YA Horror
Published by: Stripes
Publication date: 10/01/19
My rating: ★★★★★
I received a copy from Stripes in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
‘She sat us all down and told us a story. About things that lived in the woods. Things that only came out at night.’
For Charlie, a school ski trip is the perfect escape from his unhappy home life. Until a storm blows in and the resort town is cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped on the mountain, the students wait for the blizzards to pass, along with mysterious ski guide Hanna.
But as night falls and the town’s long buried secrets begin to surface, the storm is the least of their problems….
A chilling RED EYE horror, perfect for fans of Dawn Kurtagich, Juno Dawson and Charlie Higson.
A school trip to a ski resort, what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot it seems when you throw a snow storm and vampires into the equation. Bringing the best of vampires, and I mean the old school, bloodthirsty vampires to YA in a way I haven’t read before. We follow our protagonist, Charlie, recently transferred and an outsider on account of the inevitable rumours that spread and frequent police visits. None of that changes until one morning the students wake up and find the teachers gone without a trace, things only get worse from there. With a storm leaving them stranded and cut off from the outside world, their only option is to try and survive long enough for the storm to pass and get help.
I’ve been waiting so long for Vampires I make their return and Whiteout didn’t disappoint. The atmosphere, tension and outright fear this book brings out in you is everything I ever wanted. I could not put it down, it’s one of those “the next thing you know you’ve turned the last page and it’s 3AM” books. I love Charlie, his character development throughout is one of my favourite things. He’s often on the receiving end of snap judgements by his peers and is a bit of an outsider. There’s so much more to him than meets the eye tbough, I hope others see it too. There isn’t a single disappointing element for me, in fact, I’m dying for a sequel. I need to know what happens next after that ending. It’s the perfect addition to the Red Eye series, definitely read it! Maybe not on a Ski trip though…