I finished it on Halloween, how appropriate!A vampire book for guys! Not any sappy, romantic vamps from the Pacific Northwest here, del Toro tells an entirely different story.First off, I'll admit I didn't read the first two books of the trilogy. There were references to things that had gone on before, but it didn't affect the readability or my enjoyment of this installment at all.The story takes place two years after the virus that turns humans to vampires was unleashed, and the entire world now lies in near-continuous night as a nuclear winter blocks out the sun, nearly perfect for the propagation of vampires. Humanity has been purged of its best and brightest, the humans that remain are separated by according to status and usefulness... those who breed, and those who are bled. The fate of humanity is in the hands of a ragtag group, who may be the only hope of overturning this new world order.The action is pretty much nonstop throughout the book, with the characters seeming to be perpetually going from one bad situation to another. If you're looking for a book with a ray of sunshine, this isn't it, it's dark and pretty much stays that way. Any time there looks like there might be a ray of sunshine coming, it gets eclipsed by something bad.The book reads a bit like a movie storyline, which is understandable considering del Toro's history in film, but I think that also helps him to brings out the vivid imagery in the book that helped immerse me into the dark world he had created. The ending might not be what many expect (or want), but it definitely brings the story to an end.In reading other reviews (prior to reading the book), some consider this may be the weaker of the three installments. Considering how much I enjoyed this one, I'll definitely be looking forward to reading the others.This was a First-Reads giveaway!