The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden Book 1)
by Julie Kagawa
ARC from NetGalley
April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Details from Goodreads:
In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
The Immortal Rules is a very dark, on-and-off paced Post Apocalyptic which despite few weaknesses kept me hooked from start to finish. It portrays an orphan teenager Allison who is struggling to survive in the outermost circle of a vampire city by scavenging for food. Until something bad happened to her and met Kanin, who is a vampire and gave Allison a chose to continue living as a thing she hated most. To become a bloodsucking vamp.
I was slightly worried as I started this that it would be waaaay too much like just a generic vampire novels. Like Julie said there were already so many books about vampire, and adding anything new to the vast quantities is quite difficult and hard. Yes, It is true but as I read this book of yours Ms. Julie Kagawa, i say with your writing and imagination - it is piece of bloody cake. *grin*
Despite its pages with 485 to be exact - which is rather long for a single book. There was so much going on in this that justifies its length. There’s the vampires, rabids, enslaved human race, plague, Eden and others. With its complex world and tons of elements that used, you can take whatever path you want and still find it interesting. Yes, at some point it’s kind of hard to pinpoint the center of the book, if Julie will focus it more on the human side with the Eden place and Zeke's knowledge about the plague or the vampire side with the vampire city and Kanin's complicated politic situation. These two are intertwined but not joined plus for me it just barely scratched the outermost layer of the story. It have a lot of explanation things to do.
As for the characters they are all greatly shaded and often intriguing. Allie in particular, she was a very strong main character, a stellar kick-ass heroine. Heck that kind of heroine is tend to loved by most of the readers especially me. The leading men of her undead life - Kanin and Zeke. Well i definitely want to see more of them and their role in this book specially Kanin. We just see him in the first quarter of the book and bam, he’s gone. Hope to see you soon buddy.
Upon reaching the end of the book I still found myself with hundreds of questions about all ... and plus. There are some characters that intrigued me but quickly wiped out. Overall though, The Immortal Rules remains a new stellar vampire story slash post apocalyptic that surely will won the majority of YA readers including me. A fantastic start to what’s sure to be an incredible series!
Thanks to NET GALLEY, YOU ROCK!
Is it just me or I’m seeing Rick and Shane all over again in this book but with Buffy and vampires rather than Lori and zombies?