The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review (ARC)
Genre: Dystopian and paranormal YA
Publication date: April 24, 2012
Description 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.
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.
My thoughts: Julie Kagawa has proven once again that she is a master at the written word. Her flow and voice are to be admired. She uses a sardonic and entertaining voice that I really like.
Allison lives on the fringe of a vampire city. She is a scavenger and lives life day to day and faces constant danger. She is in fear of vampires, their followers, and the rabids (a vampire mutation). She has a few friends and prefers to live a life of isolation.
Life changes (or death) when she is attacked by rabids and given an opportunity to be changed into a vampire or die. For someone who has lived a life in fear and hatred of the vampires, this is a monumental decision.
Allison is placed in a very unique situation. She may become the monster that she believed all vampires to be, or she may choose to keep some of her humanity and be the vampire that she wants to be. I liked Allison. She has a no nonsense attitude and keeps her head in difficult situations.
There is a slight romantic twist to the story. It is not the main focus. It adds to Allison's dilemma and doesn't distract in any way.
The world she lives in is in decay. There is a very dystopian aspect to the book. This story has the cross appeal to dystopian and paranormal lovers.
I enjoyed reading this book. I would caution that there is swearing and violence. I wouldn't recommend this book to younger YA readers.
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