Review: Throat

Apr •  25 •  2011

Title: Throat
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Science Fiction
Author: R.A. Nelson
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  January 25, 2011
Book: Bought

“R. A. Nelson takes us on a supernatural thrill ride, a modern-day vampire story set on a NASA base and filled with space-and-science intrigue. Seventeen-year-old Emma feels cursed by her epilepsy—until the lost night. She’s shocked to wake up in the hospital one morning, weak from blood loss. When her memories begin to return, she pieces together that it was a man—a monster—who attacked her: a vampire named Wirtz. And it was her very condition that saved her: a grand mal seizure interrupted Wirtz and left Emma with all the amazing powers of a vampire—heightened senses, rapid speed—but no need to drink blood. Is Emma now a half-vampire girl? One thing soon becomes clear: the vampire Wirtz is fierce and merciless, feared even by his own kind, and won’t leave a job undone.”

I will admit that this is a strange book that actually got my attention. What got me hooked was the plot. The characters were a little hard to grasp. Some seemed unbelievable while others you can get right away!
Emma is not your normal teenager. She had epilepsy and the things of the world seem far for her. She struggles with finding who she is or where she fits. After having everything she has worked for blown up in her face, Emma runs away crashing the car. But not before a vampire named Wirtz gets to her.

I really enjoyed reading Emma. Her character has gone through so much and for once just wanted to be normal. No doctors, no medications, just a regular teenager. I felt for Emma and the anger that she harbored. She had a lot to deal with. After becoming a vampire, Emma seems to find herself more. She finds strength in not only what she has become but she finds strength in her new relationship with Sagan. Emma draws strength from him in order to do what she has to do. She does her best to protect her family by separating herself from them.

The relationship between Emma and Sagan I loved. They fell into an easy relationship that was not stressed. They brought peace and comfort to each other was nice. I like how Sagan was there for her and helped her out. The setting I did find a bit strange. The whole thing was based on a NASA base plant where Emma was hiding out. Sagan worked there. There was lots of talk of aliens and astronomy.
Overall, it was a good, fun, read!

I give it 4 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Elodie
    Apr 25, 2011

    Thanks for the review Savy ..That sounds pretty good and I love the cover !!

  2. Moonlight Gleam
    Apr 25, 2011

    Ouuuu I haven’t heard about this title yet! Thank you for sharing hon! This looks like a fantastic read!

  3. Missie
    Apr 25, 2011

    I definitely want to read this book. I like how it mixes supernatural with sci-fi.

  4. elliegreene4thewin
    Apr 25, 2011

    Great interview! I read Throat a few weeks ago and loved it. 🙂

  5. This does sound very different. I really need to check this one out. I hadn’t heard of this one before!

  6. Sounds like such a interesting read. It is nice to read a romantic relationship without struggles. Great review 🙂