Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Blood of Eden #1
Genre: Dystopian Paranormal
Publisher: Mira Ink
Published: UK: 24th April 2012
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First SentenceThey hung the Unregistereds in the old warehouse district; it was a public execution, so everyone went to see.
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.
Okay guys, I started off thinking this was yet another clichéd, overrated young adult novel not worth all the hype it has gained. I’d seen the vampire ruling a town thing before in Morganville and there are so many post-apocalyptic dystopian novels around at the moment that I just couldn’t see myself coming to like The Immortal Rules. However, I was convinced otherwise pretty damn quickly.
Allison is actually a kick-ass heroine set to rival the likes of Buffy and whilst I didn’t see her as more than a regurgitated Katniss at first, she soon proved to be a hell of a lot more. She has good reason to be selfish in the beginning and eventually proves herself as the kind of character you can really get behind, agreeing with her methods. We follow her inner struggles, though they don’t overcome the entire novel, they’re just a fact of her becoming a vampire despite despising the creatures, and her decisions which whilst sometimes backfire horrendously do make a lot of sense.
The vampires are creatures worth hating, treating human beings as blood cattle, taking the ‘lucky’ few in to keep as thralls, pets that will do their biddings, and to run their closed off cities for them. They are slimy, horrid and purely out for their own gain. The rabids are terrifying. These are zombie-like creatures that live outside of the cities, though so much scarier. Faster, stronger, more powerful, but just as taken over by a craze for living flesh and blood as the zombies we know and love. They aren’t zombies. I have to reiterate that. But in the post-apocalyptic world, they reminded me vaguely of the swarms of walking dead. But so much worse.
The post-apocalyptic world and how it came to be is fascinating and horrifying and fantastic. Old shells of cities have become vampire-run towns with Kings and Councils. The suburbs have become ruins with stores of hundred year old canned goods for the Unregistered humans to scavenge. These are also the most likely places to find rabids as they tend to stay near human colonies, hoping for them to stumble into their midst. Whilst they aren’t clever, they have caught on to how their prey lives.
The Immortal Rules is well-written throughout. I am very glad I made myself read this and I am now going to book bully you guys into reading it as well. It is a unique piece of fiction which deals so well with the issues featured and I promise, it is most definitely not “yet another clichéd, overrated young adult novel”, it is so much more.
The Blood of Eden series
1. The Immortal Rules