Review: Blood Donors by Steve Tasane


BAD BLOOD. BAD DRUGS. BAD BUGS. WELCOME TO THE FINGER. A Splatterfest with a Social Conscience from radical new voice in teen fiction, Steve Tasane.


I was sent a proof copy of this quite some time ago and it just looked so scary that I was a bit nervous to start reading it.  Another blogger, Raimy at Readaraptor, read it and gave it a fab review so I was convinced to push it up the TBR pile.

Told in an unusual form, we follow the story of one teenager and his life in a high rise flat and how things that go bump in the night might be causing more damage than you’d think.  There’s been sightings of bugs and an infestation is alive and well in the walls of ‘the finger’.  When I say an unusual form, it’s down to the language and street-speak that the book is written in.  At first it was jarring to read a book in, practically, another language.  However, like learning any new language, you soon pick up the basics and soon enough you’re reading along and not even realising the difference.

This book isn’t for the faint-hearted in the slightest, definitely not for anyone with a phobia of creepy-crawlers or the dark.  I couldn’t read much of this too late at night for fear of having nightmares.  It gave me shivers just reading it on my lunch break at work.  I kept listening out for movement above my head or shapes on the walls out of the corner of my eyes.  Steve Tasane has presented an excellent and quite unique YA horror story that tackles the fears of our childhood that we hope we’ve long since forgotten about.  The fear of what could happen when we’ve shut our eyes at night.  

It’s a dark story with other threads about family and social issues ruining throughout but the fear factor is always kept in tack and I loved it.  You’ll be left with a feeling of unease and queasiness about every chapter.  For those looking for the next step up from the Point Horror novels, this one is for you.

Published by Walker Books UK and is available online and in book shops now

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