Author: Julie Kagawa
Publish Date: April 24 2012
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. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads
The Immortal Rules is book one of Julie Kagawa's new Blood of Eden series. And it is fantastic! I've only read the first book of The Iron Fey series (because I have this strange aversion to all things fey) so I can't say for sure if The Immortal Rules is better but I can tell you I thought it was just as entertaining. Julie Kagawa writes her worlds so beautifully, you feel like your traveling along with the characters, but in the world of The Immortal Rules, that is sort of scary. Because, while The Iron Fey was creepy but beautiful, The Immortal Rules is downright terrifying. Kagawa's vampire/zombie rabids make The Immortal Rules one of the scariest books I've read this year, right behind Courtney Summers' zombie thriller THIS IS NOT A TEST.
I hate when I read a book that I think I'm going to enjoy because of the story, and then the main characters end up ruining the book because they're annoying or stupid or unrealistic. I did NOT run into that problem while reading The Immortal Rules. Man, I loved Allie! Like, LOVED her! This is one bad*** chick! A tough human girl turned strong vampire girl, who wants to help others. As a human, she couldn't do much to protect her friends. As a vampire she's stronger, faster. She can protect the people she cares for from those that would harm them. My favorite parts of The Immortal Rules all involved Allie, her katana and a horde of rabids. Anyone who will face down a hundred zombies armed with only a sword to rescue her friends deserves some respect.
And I sort of adored Kanin, Allie's vampire sire. He was so stiff and calm and cool all the time, but I think that just made me like him more. It made the smallest hint of humor from him a thousand times funnier. Kanin was Allie's rock throughout the book, especially after she struck out on her own. His advice and training helped her get through every situation she found herself in and helped her make better choices throughout the story. He had a definite Obi-Wan thing going on.
In a lot of ways The Immortal Rules reminded me of The Host by Stephenie Meyer. One of the last free groups of humans, wandering the wilderness, to escape the vampires who have taken over the world. A vampire girl hiding out with them, pretending to be human. It's just got a similar feel to it. It also feels similar to Blood Red Road by Moira Young. It's got the same sense of adventure that BRR has. The Immortal Rules is one of those books that you'll pick up and just never want to put down!
The Immortal Rules is one of my favorite books I've read so far this year. With every page I turned I just enjoyed it more and more. If you enjoyed Kagawa's Iron Fey series you will enjoy The Immortal Rules. If you love vampires, zombies, or just dystopian novels, you'll enjoy The Immortal Rules. Basically, just read The Immortal Rules. Trust me, you'll enjoy it!
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