Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
ebook, 504 pages
Summary (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.
Once again Julie Kagawa blows me away with her world-building ability. The Immortal Rules is set in the future after a deadly virus sweeps through civilization and destroys most of it. The people that survived are now under the rule of vampires. The Vampires have ordered humans to become registered blood donors. Allison Sekemoto aka Allie hates vampires and is an unregistered, which basically means she is giving vamps the finger. She lives on the Fringe, she is a scavenger and a survivor. However when she is attacked a vampire saves her and gives her a choice: die or die. So Allie who wants to live, chooses to become a vampire. When she wakes up she realizes what a dangerous decision she has made. She wants so badly to remain as human as possible but her new instincts are screaming for her to kill.
This is a fantastic story that has layers and depth. I love the internal struggles that Allie faces. She is basically a newbie vampire who has to learn how to live in a world that is so corrupt. She's is a strong character with a strong will to survive. She has to face obstacle after obstacle knowing that she might still lose in the end. This book ranks high on my list. I really like the Iron Fey series but this book, I think, is better. It's very exciting, it keeps you guessing as to what's going to happen, and it's also mysterious. Put this book on your TBR list, you can thank me later.
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