Published: 24 April 2012 by HarlequinTeen
Format: Paperback, 485 pages
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal
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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.
I have been looking forward to The Immortal Rules ever since it was announced and was lucky to be given a copy of it before the release date from HarlequinTeen. I have to admit that while I enjoyed Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series, it wasn’t all I thought it could be. So I was looking forward to seeing Julie’s writing mature and her tackle a meatier, more vigorous type of book. The Immortal Rules does not disappoint! It’s gritty and dark (which I loved) and has a much stronger cast of characters who do not fail to amaze.
My favourite aspect of the book has to be the setting – a dark future world in which vampires have taken over and treat humans like walking blood bags, where a deadly plague has killed off much of the human population anyway and survivors live in squalor in the vampire cities. The protagonist, Allison, lives in the Fringes of one of these cities and refuses to be Registered (and be forced to give blood twice a month) – so she is forced to scavenge and hunt for food. While there are dangers inside the cities, there is a far greater threat outside: rabid people who carry the plague and have been turned into vampiristic animals that prey on humans. It’s such a vivid world, full of tangible horrors, that I couldn’t help but be completely hooked!
Meghan in The Iron Fey series came across to me as a weak character for much of the series – always relying on others to help her and whining about everything constantly. Allie is none of those things – she didn’t even whine when she was turned into a vampire! Here is a character who stoically accepts that she made a decision to continue living as a vampire instead of dying, and then gets on with it and learns to be a creature of the night. She, reasonably, wants to protect humans and her humanity, but never complains or plays a hapless victim.
The storyline is much tighter than I had expected, which a fast pace that continues until about halfway through the book. There is a section that is so slow and boring I found myself wanting to give up, but the action picked up and the end was explosive and left me wanting more.
This book has gone straight to being one of my favourites for 2012 – lovers of paranormal fiction and the young adult genre will enjoy The Immortal Rules, but it has something awesome for those who haven’t tried Kagawa’s work as well. If you’re tired of reading vampire fiction then have a go at this book. It will blow your mind!