Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Blood of Eden (# 1)
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 512
Source: NetGalley

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.

 

Review: When I read the advertising for this book I was both intrigued and skeptical. Being a fan of both the Twilight and Hunger Games books I wasn’t sure this book could live up to being compared to them. I was wrong! I would not call this book a cross between the two as it was advertised but I will say it has its place along with those great books. And I would say if you’re a fan of Ms. Meyer or Ms. Collins writing you will also enjoy Julie Kagawa.

The world that Ms. Kagawa created is both imaginative and new. In her world, Vampires rule and people are slaves after a disease wiped out most of the human population. Allison Sekemoto, Allie, is an orphan who refuses to be food for the vamps. Allison is one of the best written new characters this year. Allie is tough, no nonsense with a sense of honor that you don’t find in many her age or who live in her circumstances.

Because of an error in judgment Allie finds herself having to choose to die or become one of the creatures she despises. The choices she makes through out the book to fight her “demon” showed her strength and determination to be a good person despite her vampire nature.

After being forced to leave the only places she ever lived Allie finds herself with a group of people searching for a place she doesn’t believe exists. Among this “family” Allie finds love for the first time. Zeke is the most honorable young hero I’ve read in a long time.

There was never a dull moment in this book. From start to finish I was engrossed and had a hard time putting it down. When I got to the end I almost cried. Not because the ending was overly sad but because I had found a friend in Allie Sekemoto and I can’t wait to see what happens to her next.

Favorite Quote: “What made you want to…” He paused.

“Become undead? Drink the blood of the living?” “Never have to worry about sunburns again? Well maybe once more.”

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