If you want to talk eschatology a good post-apocalyptic book is the way to go. A great post-apocalyptic book about vampires is even better. In this book the vampires don’t angst (they are in fact rather nonemotional as compared to humans). And the adult–that’s right she is not a teenager–finds her life interrupted by vampires, and having to deal with the consequences. Like all Robin McKinley, this is a reread but the reasons why I love this book are (in no particular order)
1. The main character is an adult
2. Its not about happily ever after or tragedy, its about dealing with the problems in your life–the good, the bad and the ugly
3. The vampire casts a mirror on the human life and choices ultimately make up how “good” you are (remember this book was pre-Twilight so the whole vampires can be good thing was only started here)
4. There is absolutely no longing to become a vampire.
5. It deals very closely with how one human being confronts the end of her/the world!
6. The main character is a baker who loves sunlight (how non-angsty can you get!!)
Read it if you like Twilight, read it if you hate Twilight.
Next “No Man is an Island” I love reading good new books!