Two hundred years after a stronger, faster, nearly invincible race takes over the earth, the Superiors rule humanity with scorn and an iron fist - or iron fangs. Though Superiors raise humans simply as livestock to state their hunger and sustain their immortal lives, Draven Castle, a discounted lower-class Superior, will never have enough finds to purchase his own human. One night Draven captures Cali, a human runaway, and defies society's strict laws by feeding on her. The continuing consequences of his small criminal act forever altar the course of his mundane life.
Draven vows to purchase her no matter what the cost. Soon he begins to take more and more risks to ensure her safety and gain possession of her. But will he risk everything, even his life, for a chance to own a human girl?
Let me just say, this book was a surprise. I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to review this book. "The Superiors" Is not your everyday run of the mill vampire story. It is dark, gritty and at times very disturbing. This is the first book in the series written by Lena Hillbrand. She introduces us to a world run by Vampires, and a highly complex society with hierarchies, rules and strict laws for Vampires and humans. Where do humans fit in I am sure you are wondering? At the bottom of the food chain in the form of livestock.
In this new world where Vampires "Evolve" into their current stations in life, the story follows Draven Castle who is part of the lowest order of Superiors. Who soon finds himself mixed up with a "Sap" named Cali who attempted to run away from the Confinement camp. Draven is driven by the need for her blood and it sets him on a path of self- discovery and purpose, which doesn't always match what his society deems as acceptable. Not only does he battle himself, but his "Superiors" as well, which can have grave consequences.
The author takes her time in revealing the plot of the story, which moved it along perfectly. Slowly laying the groundwork for the series and building the suspense and anticipation of what was to come. The Characters are well developed as much as they can be within the drab existence that they are forced to live in. This atmosphere the author creates helps fuel the unique relationship between Draven and Cali, and their interactions bring the only lightness to the story. Where as their relationships with supporting characters only breed mistrust and secrecy. This book is not a feel good book and takes you into the dark and keeps you there, only to give you brief glimpses of humanity through Draven's dealings with Cali.
There is so much more I could say about this book, but I don't want to give away the story. But I highly recommend it to those who are looking for a different type of Vampire story. I finished this book in one sitting and I was left hanging at the end wishing I had the next book in the series "The Vigilantes" to read. This was a fantastic book for many reasons and deserves a 4.5 stars.
Reviewed by Witchofthemists