Meridian Six remembers the days before the Troika enslaved humans. She also remembers her mother, a freedom fighter murdered in the final battle between humans and vampires. But it is her mother’s final words that have haunted her:
Red means life.
In the years since her mother’s death, she has been used as both a propaganda tool and a blood slave by the Troika. She’s withstood their indignities because the alternative meant bleeding out in a blood camp. But their abuses finally go too far, and she decides to run towards freedom and her mother’s red light.
On the other side, she finds the Sisters of Crimson. They help her just as her mother promised, but they also hand her to the human rebels. The vampires used her famous name to keep human slaves biddable, but now the humans want to use it inspire a revolution.
When the world is at war, freedom is a luxury paid for with blood.
Review: I was first introduced to Jaye Wells when I read the Prospero War series. I enjoyed the series so much that I was glad to receive a complimentary copy of Meridian Six in exchange for a honest review. This was a quick an enjoyable urban fantasy story. Meridian Six introduces readers to a world where vampires, known as the Troikas, rule and humans are slaves. Humans are either kept in work or blood camps depending on their blood type. Those in the blood camps are placed there because their blood was considered precious.
I found this to be a much darker and grittier read than the Prospero War series. I thought the main character Carmen Sargosa aka Meridian Six was complex. She had endured a number of atrocities at the hands of the Troikas but when the opportunity came for her to get revenge she refused to take it. However, this decision was taken from her hands and she was forced to join the rebels in their bid to destroy the humans’ sworn enemies.
I enjoyed this unique take on the world of vampires. The story was entertaining and fascinating. There was enough action to keep me on the edge of my seat. It was fast paced and there was never a dull moment. Although I enjoyed this story I had a few issues. These issues prevented me from giving it a higher rating. The issues I had are as follows:
1. I felt that there could have been more written about the Troikas. There was no information as to how they originated and what set them apart from other vampires.
2. What triggered the blood wars?
3. Why were some blood types considered more precious?
4. Why and how was Meridian Six used as propaganda?
It should be noted that there is absolutely no romance in this story so if this is your main focus then this book is not for you. However, if you love the urban fantasy genre and you are looking for a unique read, then I will definitely recommend this title.
Overall, I enjoyed this title and I can’t wait to see what more Jaye Wells have to offer her fans.