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The Superiors: A Dystopian Vampire Novel: Book One: The Superior Series (English Edition) von [Hillbrand, Lena]
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When Draven Castle captures Cali, an escaped human child, he gets his first taste of excitement in years. Breaking the strict laws of Superior society, he feeds from her before returning her to a human housing facility. He treasures the thrilling memory of this illegal act until the day he and Cali cross paths once again.

Draven vows to buy the young human, but before he can, a businessman known for human trafficking acquires her. Desperate to save her, Draven accepts a position as a paid assassin. With one kill, Draven can earn Cali’s purchase price. But humans are nothing more than livestock. To save a human life by taking a Superior one is unthinkable…even when it turns out the target is the corrupt businessman who owns Cali.

If you love dystopian novels or vampires, you're sure to love this thought-provoking read!

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Lena Hillbrand studied English and psychology at the University of Arkansas before she began writing seriously. She enjoys reading and writing in many genres. This is her first published novel. She lives in Arkansas with her family and assorted pets. The Superiors is available in ebook format through most major online retailers. Look for the second book in the Superiors Series coming soon: The Vigilantes.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 704 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 292 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1461095719
  • Verlag: Lena Hillbrand; Auflage: 1 (4. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004ZGB2I4
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A smashing debut 23. Mai 2011
Von Mr. Aman S. Anand - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
The Superiors is an enthralling novel that sets out an alternate future where vampires have taken over the world and humans are now their minions. The author's considerable talents shine through as she conjures a dazzling new world with a fascinating protagonist, Draven Castle, at its centre.

The book's greatest strength is the quality of the author's writing. For example, the narrator makes astute observations such as, `he sensed her shift from blind panic to simple fear'. It is a pleasure to read a new author who has such a gift with language; it bodes well for the next instalments of what promises to be a gripping series.

At the heart of The Superiors lies the developing relationship between the Third Order vampire Draven and the teenage girl Cali. They share a peculiar chemistry that is subtle, which makes it all the more powerful. And it is through their blossoming rapport the reader hopes that humans and vampires may be able to reconcile in future books in this series.

The author ensures that she reveals enough of this world's back-story to leave the reader desperate to read the next instalment of the series while ensuring that she unveils enough of this vampire-controlled world to ensure that the Superiors is an excellent read in of itself.

Undoubtedly the book will be compared to other vampire fiction, but I would argue that it has more in common with the best film noir - both in terms of atmosphere and the intricate plotting. Without giving away too much, the ending is spectacular and sets up a thrilling second instalment.

The book market has recently been over-saturated with vampire novels, but this work comes up with a fresh and well-written approach that should compel any fan of the genre to give it a read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Fresh Out of the Box Story 22. Juni 2011
Von Jenn - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
RECEIVED FROM: The Author For Review

In this Futuristic or possibly Alternate Reality tale a vampire-like species called Superiors are the rulers of the earth and have been for the last 200 years. Draven Castle is a third class superior, a being created for a war he never had to fight in who's at the bottom of the social ladder because of when he was made. He barely ranks above the humans, though since the humans are considered animals, a source of food while any class of superior is not, he's still above them on the chain of social hierarchy. When he catches a young human named Aspen attempting to escape the confinement he begins to question the general population's belief that all humans are stupid and without feelings. When he runs into her again years later as almost an adult working as the meal at a restaurant his insatiable thirst for her blood in particular creates within him an attachment to the young girl. Through repeated visits with her he learns more about the human race and the girl, now called Cali, in particular. Her actions, thought and speech make it difficult to deny that she is in fact a sentient being, albeit under-educated Throughout the course of the story his views of her grow from interesting animal, to desired possession to possibly even caring about her as one would a child or friend. While developing an interaction with Cali, Draven also connects to another class of being he never previously understood, a Superior Second Class named Byron Kingsley whom he saves during a raid on a restaurant prostituting humans. The story follows Draven's path as he opens his mind and learns about the world and beings around him.

Before I begin I'm going to say two things, first this is the type of story that would be better served being reviewed by a professional reviewer or college professor. It begs for the type of literary analysis only someone with that type of credentials can give, though I do plan to make my best attempt in this review. The second, this is the type of book I think would have been better served going through traditional methods with an agent and mainstream major publishing house. I feel this way because the major publishing house would have a better ability to get the book out to a larger audience of educated readers who might otherwise skip an indie novel because of the small faction of indie writers that don't feel the need to edit their work before publishing and therefore give the rest a bad name. Even though it's a vampire type novel, it's filled with allusions to real world occurrences and greater meaning beyond the plot. It's more of an entertaining fictional social study than a read for entertainment plot. I personally don't believe it's reaching it's target audience as well as it should because of the method of publishing. Don't get me wrong, I adore a lot of indie authors, but unfortunately because of those few that are better skipped, the rest don't have the reach they should to the general public and educated readers. That said, onto my review.

Reading this I wonder is there even a genre for this? The Superiors is a breath of fresh air, a story so original and well written, that can't really be cookie-cut into a genre. I don't claim to be a genre expert but usually you can read a book and say this is romance, this is fantasy this is this or this is that. I'm not quite sure what The Superiors is. The writer has combined elements I would have never imagined possible, and blended them so seamlessly that it's hard to imagine you don't see them daily. She blends the seedy feel of 1920s noir with the futuristic setting of what I guess would be called a dystopian society. She then liberally adds the paranormal elements by making this society a world dominated by Vampire like creatures called The Superiors and those groups are then divided even further into classes of Superior. What's left for the humans? They've become slaves in their own world existing only for the sustenance and pleasure of the Superiors. While typically I'd say there's just too much here for this story-line to work, Hillbrand pulls it off with brilliance.

The story isn't one that grabs you on page one, it starts a little slowly and I'll admit I did set this book aside once after reading only a few pages because at the time I was in the mood for a book that would grab me the second I began to read. When I got a reminder that I'd had the book for three weeks and not reviewed it, I set aside the series book I'd been planning to read to open this one back up and give it another try. To my dismay I'd left off right when the book starts pulling you in, if I'd but turned a couple more pages I wouldn't have set it down.

It's not a fast moving plot and at the beginning you do wonder what the plot is at all. What keeps you turning the pages is the desire to learn more about this odd society and the strange connection between the young girl Aspen aka Cali and the Superior Third Class Draven. It's not attraction, he views humans as little more than animals, but yet he can't walk away and ignore her like every other human he feeds from either. She's like his favorite flavor of ice cream and the odd puppy at the pet store you can't help but stare at all rolled into one. The story doesn't have your typical plot of goal established, challenges to meet goal and goal achieved. It's more of a social study on the culture of these people and the differences between classes within their social structure than it is a story. It's not a book you read for entertainment value, it's one you read when you have the desire for something that includes some heavy thinking. That said I'm more of an entertainment reader so it wasn't something I would typically read.

The people in this novel are so blind to the other beings and classes in their world that they've become completely uneducated on the needs, wants or even abilities of others. It's a futuristic society where humans are being treated by Superior doctors for blood infections by using leaches instead of medicines like are common in today's society. The Superiors have convinced themselves that humans don't even have the ability to feel pain. While humanity is not as educated as they are today, they certainly haven't lost their nerve endings which recognize pain. The Second Class Superiors don't have a much higher opinion of the Third Class Superiors. Intelligence in a Third Class Superior actually surprises them. No one in the novel seems to view people in a different social caste as an individual rather than just a piece of a larger group. While some behaviors by both groups display actions that could be compared to how you'd picture cavemen acting, the violence born of both lack of higher learning and necessity, neither group can really be classified as unintelligent. A friend of mine on Goodreads mentioned that some scenes with the Third Class Superiors on the South End remind him of a pack of wolves fighting for a meal, I have to say I agree with that statement, it pretty much falls in with where I was going with the caveman like behavior. There are many scenes like this one, things that don't occur in the real world, that can easily be compared to things that really do happen in today's society.

The books seems to address the issues of animal cruelty, prejudice born of misconception, and social classes or structure that can still be found in today's society. I'm sure there are many more illusions and points the author wanted to make within this novel that I've missed simply because I haven't voluntarily read anything that wasn't for entertainment value alone since my attempts at college. I'm out of practice at picking out themes and allusions to the real world which reinforces the idea that I'm not the target reviewer or audience.

The book does have a full, but slow moving, story arc that also has a cliff hanger type ending. However, I think the cliffhanger fell a little flat with me as a reader because it wasn't a plot driven story that needed that sort of ending. It still feels complete without a second novel to come even though you don't exactly know what's going to happen between the three leading characters. What's happening in the story seems less the point than the characters within the story, but then again maybe that's just me.

Overall it's an excellent novel if you're looking for a book that's going to make you think. It's extremely well written and encompasses an extensive vocabulary of vastly underused words. It did take me longer to read than I typically spend on a novel, but for me it got so heavy at points that I just needed a break in a purely entertainment read. Lena Hillbrand has entered the writing world with a stunning literary piece that I think readers will talk about for years to come.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superior! 8. Juni 2011
Von Jivete - Veröffentlicht auf
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Aack, I'm so disappointed there's a sequel. I mean, I definitely wanted a second book in the series, but not a "to be continued" sequel! Now I have to wait for the next book to come out. Sigh.

The novel takes place sometime in the future when vampires rule the earth and humans (or saps) are considered livestock. The vampires are divided into three orders in a sort of caste system. Humans are pretty much equal to cows.

The hero, Draven, is a member of the lowest order, with a very boring and mundane existance. He has an unnatural soft spot for humans (he doesn't like to see any animal suffer) and finds himself drawn to Cali (aka Aspen), a defiant young human with a taste he can't resist. The book isn't a romance, per se, but there's definitely a love story feel to it.

I loved this book. It's one of the better vampire books I've read in a while, and I just got done with the latest BDB book. ; )
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Unique 2. Februar 2016
Von Ruthanne Reid - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Interesting. Not my particular cup of tea, but this is a well-written book. The world-building is intriguing; I won't be picking up the sequels, but the he reason for that is personal taste. This author did a great job of setting up vampires as completely *other*, foreign to humanity. I had a little trouble empathizing with the protagonist for that reason, but I know this book will resonate with other folks. For a unique read, give it a try. You'll know in the first few pages if this style is for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect 5. März 2013
Von A Cat and a Book - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I'm usually not much of a vampire book fan (the only other one I've read and liked is The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda--though it had some major issues), but The Superiors was truly great. And by great, I mean perfect.

The book centers around a Superior (vampire-like being) named Draven. He's a Third Class Superior, which means he's on the bottom level of Superior society. Only animals (including humans) are below Superiors of his status. He lives in a small apartment and doesn't have enough money for luxuries (such as owning his own food source). Early in the book, he finds a runaway human and discovers that he really likes the taste of her blood. He returns her to the Confinement, which is a place where many humans live, and goes on with his life.

A few years pass, and things start to look up for Draven. He meets and befriends a Second Class Superior named Byron. Byron treats him like an equal most of the time, and allows him to help hunt down a Superior who was running an illegal business.

Around the same time, Draven also comes across the girl again. He finds himself feeling strangely attached to her, though he convinces himself it's just because of her interesting flavor. He decides he wants to buy her, but he doesn't have enough money.

I really enjoyed this book. I got absorbed in it from the first page and finished it in two days, which is fast for me. When I finished it, I couldn't help but think it was one of the most perfect books I've ever read. It's kind of hard to explain what I mean by that. Most books have something about them that I don't like. A character will make a completely stupid or illogical decision, the plot will amble off into something I don't care about, things will happen out of nowhere or for no good reason, etc. This book didn't fall into any of those pitfalls. There was a time or two when I prepared myself for heartbreak (meaning the book seemed like it could be headed somewhere I wouldn't like), but everything righted itself. It was perfect.

I bought the sequel immediately.

I highly recommend this book to just about everyone. There are so many levels to the plot that I think almost everyone could enjoy it. I'm not even sure what genre it would be considered. I tend to like sci-fi, fantasy, and historical fiction, and I really enjoyed it. So maybe others who like the same genres would also enjoy The Superiors. I would not say it is horror or romance, though there seems to be a slowly developing romance coming (hopefully).
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