Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Hardcover – Thomas Dunne Books – Nov2016 – 323 pages
Welcome to Mexico City, an oasis in a sea of vampires. Here in the city, heavily policed to keep the undead at bay, Domingo is another trash-picking street kid, just hoping to make enough to survive. Then he meets Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers. She is smart, beautiful, and dangerous. She’s also a member of a narco family and is on the run from a rival faction. Domingo is smitten. He clings to her like a barnacle until Atl relents and decides to let him stick around. After a while, it seems as if she may even like him back.
But Atl’s problems, Nick and Rodrigo, have come to find her. When they start to raise the body count in the city, it attracts the attention of police officers, local crime bosses, and the vampire community. Atl has to get out before Mexico City is upended, and her with it. For Domingo, this could mean a daring escape over a trash-encrusted wasteland to try to get to Guatemala–if he can make it out alive.