The Last Days – Scott Westerfeld

While mysterious, dark happenings have taken over New York City’s hot, humid summer (black water bubbling from faucets and hydrants, and rats congregating in packs on city streets), Moz, an aspiring guitarist, and his closest associate, Zahler, search for promising musicians to complete their sound. One night, as Moz tries to save a vintage 1975 Fender Stratocaster as it is inexplicably thrown out of an apartment window, he meets Pearl, an attractive and slightly off-center musical genius. With the help of Zahler, they recruit a street drummer named Alana Ray, and Pearl convinces her talented singer friend Minerva, who is recuperating from a serious illness that appears to have left her with a strange desire for human blood, to join them. As the danger to New York City begins to escalate, the band’s evolving music and especially the energized singing of Minerva play a central role in calling up the deadly forces and ultimately helping to defeat them.

The music references and the part it plays in the ultimate defeat of evil in this book ROCK (pardon the cheesy pun).  This is the sequel to Peeps, but you don’t have to read that one first.  Fun.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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