AMISH VAMPIRES IN SPACE by Kerry Nietz
Jebediah has a secret that will change his world forever and send his people into space.
The Amish world of Alabaster calls upon an ancient promise to escape destruction. Then end up on a cargo ship bound for the stars.
But they are not the only cargo on board. Some of it is alive...or used to be.
Now, with vampires taking over and closing in on the Amish refugees, these simple believers must decide whether their faith depends upon their honored traditions or something even older.
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Amish Vampires in Space
As great as it sounds and totally my kind of book. The concept is funny - good Amish people becoming vampires! - but the topic is treated seriously. Amish people because of dire circumstances go against their anti-tech principles and let a spaceship move them to a new world. Their leadership is very worried that time on a spaceship will corrupt the Amish. Their fears seem wholly justified when one by one the Amish start radically changing in their behavior. Love how serious ideas in this are discussed while fighting vampires! A very enjoyable but also meaningful read.
The only vampire book you should be reading
After having the market flooded with vampire romances it is refreshing to pick up a book in which the vampires are just plain, old fashioned, simple folk -- out for your blood. I do not read Amish fiction I won't even watch Vanilla Ice goes Amish. I am not a Vampire devote. I do not read Horror. But I love Sci-fi. So Amish Vampires in space you can see why that would appeal to me. To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I freaking devoured this book in every spare moment I had. In the future colonization has led to a planet populated by nothing but Amish settlers. Now their sun is dying and Jebediah Miller must decide if he should use Forbidden Technology to call for help. Doing so might cost him his friends his family and his soul. Not doing so would cost them all their lives. Going into space to a new home world has it's own dangers and spiritual costs. The Raven receives orders to detour to pick up a planet of backwards religious folk before their sun supernovas. But the Captain still has concerns about their last emergency pick up. . . a frozen coffin containing the only survivor from a lab accident. This story has it all including classic Vampire tropes and protagonists so far removed from our cultural norm that they have to learn the rules from scratch.
No matter the reaction you have to the title, this is an AMAZING story! If you’re a fan of science fiction, it’s a great read. If you enjoy horror, it’s a great read. If you like thrillers, it’s a great read. The story line, like the title, is genre-bending. Amish farmers, futuristic space travel, some of the most creative animal vampires I’ve ever found in fiction, and a believable story makes this a must-read. Fast-paced with strongly-written, entertaining and realistic characters, this is a story you don’t want to miss out on. I highly recommend it!
Seriously awesome sci-fi!
One would think by the title that AViS is a campy tale. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Kerry Nietz finds a plausible way to bring three things together (Amish, vampires, and outer space) in a plausible way, that is in no way denigrating to any of them. Instead we get a nail biting tale that weaves sci-fi and horror together in the right amounts. The characters are incredibly deep. You care a lot about them, what drives them, what dark corners they pursue. All in all, the book I most highly recommend to anyone. Do yourself a favor. Read this book today. You won’t be disappointed.
Sensible and Thoughtful Science Fiction
This is not a joke, this is a great book. A tribe of Amish living on a planet called Alabaster are in danger. Their sun is dying and they need evacuating. Jebediah Miller knows what to do. His family have a long-kept secret - a device they can use to call for help. He could save his people - but they may not thank him for it. Using technology is strictly forbidden by their rules - the ordnung. Meanwhile, the Starship Raven is about to take on some dangerous cargo. In it lies a terror that will threaten their lives. This story is essentially about the clash of cultures. Even having Amish settled on another planet is interesting to begin with. Putting them on a spaceship brings a whole lot of interesting conflict. It was fascinating seeing each group of people from the other's perspective. In a way, having lived alone on their own world - away from any 'englisher' influence, has made these Amish even more wary of our ways, and less accepting of outsiders. The vampires in this story were handled in a very science-fiction way. I loved the way they were portrayed. Their origins were nicely foreshadowed. These would have to be the coolest vampires I've come across. To say more would be to stay into spoiler territory. This books examines a lot of issues and asks plenty of questions, while not imposing any answers. How far would you go to stay loyal to your convictions? Would you still remain pacifists even when blood-sucking monsters are trying to kill you and everyone you love? On the other hand, what if your refusal to take up arms means that somebody else has to risk their lives on your behalf? The book was also quite a thrill ride. The tension kept building up and up until it was finally released This book is a serious exploration of cultures, and scientific ethics and faith. I heartily recommend it.