Friday, May 11, 2012

Review - The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: 1st
Pages: 480
Published:  April 24th 2012 by Harlequin Teen 
ISBN: 9780373210510
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Description: 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 Give This...

I've been trying to stay away from vampires.  I kind of felt like it was over played, and I was willing to walk away.  But, when I heard that they were going to be the subject of Julie Kagawa's newest novel, I jumped right back on board.  You see, Kagawa has a knack for telling a story in a different manner.  She breathes new life into it.

I was intrigued by this world the she's created.  A virus basically wiped out the human populationThe vampires were immune to this virus and came out of the dark.  In exchange for protection from the rabid creatures in the wild, human agree to live in vampire cities.  I found the hierarchy of the vampires and their cities to be fascinating.   It turns out its a very intricate system.  Only certain vampires have the power to rule.  And due to the virus, only certain vampires can actually turn a vampire human (and not into a rapid).

Allison is barely living it seems in this.  She takes great risks just to survive.  She refuses to become a blood slave just to provide herself with a few extra comforts.  But, I think this might have been her downfall.  She trusts way to easily.  She trusts that the band of people won't turn on each other.  She trusts that there are few things worse than being a vampire.  And she trusts that when the unthinkable happens that she can be different.   Maybe it's because of all this that she really impressed me as a vampire.

In this story, vampires are hard to tell from human.  But, their thirst for blood can consume them.  We see Allie really struggle with it at times.  But, she always proves she's better than that.  She tolerates a lot of mental abuse for her creator, but I think she realizes that there is no better person to teach her how to survive. And maybe through this she can be a different kind of vampire.

What's difficult about this story is that there are no very different sections to it.  First is Allie in the vampire city (including after she is turned).   And there's the whole story when she roaming the wilderness.  There she gets caught up with a rogue band of humans.  They're looking for a sort of Eden...the answer to all their prayers.  But, something (or someone) is looking for them.  It's interesting because in the end you realize how connected this story really is.  The leader of this group and Allie's creator have way more in common than you could ever realize.

An interestingly woven story.  I will definitely be seeking out the next one.


1 comment:

  1. While I'm not the biggest fan of the vampire genre I was intrigued by the premise of The Immortal Rules. Vampires, Zombies all bundled in with a dystopian setting was enough to pique my interest and I'm so glad I read it - Julie Kagawa it turns out is a fantastic writer! Set approximately 60 years into the future, civilisation has collapsed, rabids (aka zombies) roam freely infecting and killing people while vampires now run the worlds cities taking blood donations from the city's human dwellers in exchange for food and protection. In one of these vampire cities you meet Allison a human who detests vampires with a passion and would prefer to live near starvation, scavenging and stealing to survive rather then become a vampire "pet" or donate her blood. Through misfortune Allison ends up attacked and near death when offered a choice: die, become what she hates, a vampire.

    What I love about this book is that you follow Allison on parallel journeys. The book is very much a traditional physical journey where she leaves the city she grows up in and meets up with human travellers who are looking for a fabled human city called Eden. Along with this physical journey the reader is also taken on an incredibly difficult emotional journey where Allison has to make some difficult choices and question the very essence of her beliefs. I love books that make you think, books with substance that really makes you ponder the characters handling of specific situations and this novel keeps you on the edge of your seat really blurring the line between good and evil.


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