Wednesday, April 4, 2012

ARC The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (5/5 stars).

Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date to be Published: 24 April 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Hardcover: 485 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"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."

Thank you Harlequin Teen and Net Galley for my copy of The Immortal Rules in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first Julie Kagawa book! I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into The Immortal Rules even if I didn't like the cover because the model they chose doesn't look asian (Allison is, and I imagine her as Japanese) the issue of whitewashing aside, she looks a bit old to be Allison for me.

Kagawa delivered a piece that is the redemption of YA vampires!

Driven by extreme hunger, Allison, Allie, goes to the ruins outside the walled vampire city of New Covington in search for food and found a cellar with shelves of canned food and other supplies. Desperate to reach the cellar again with her friends to haul the food which would last them months before they get shut-in in a resource barren city, they brave the ruins just as night was about to fall.

In this riveting post apocalyptic world, everyday is a fight to survive. Outside the walls are rabids, vampires and animals infected by the Red Lung virus, originally almost wiping out the human population but after experiments on vampires who are immune to it to find a cure, the virus has evolved and started turning vampires into savage monsters. Think vampire zombies! 

When rabids attacked her group, Allie sacrificed herself for a friend. Dying, a vampire found her and gave her a choice - death or life as a vampire. Vampires are soulless monsters that feed on humans and think of them only as blood cattle, the very creatures Allie hates. Allie chooses to live and Kagawa writes Allie's inner conflicts beautifully, you can't fight the hunger for human blood, animal blood will not sate it, and the more you fight it, the more you will become a monster who will feed on any human in sight and murder them. Is living worth losing your humanity for? 

Allison is fierce, loyal, and selfless. I love her in both her suffering in trying to keep her humanity and embracing her vampire ruthlessness. Even when the humans around her shun her and hate her for being a vampire, she still decides to protect them from rabids in their quest of finding Eden, a city of humans free from vampires. If you loved I am Legend (the Will Smith movie version) then you'll love THE IMMORTAL RULES with that same feel to it, with heart stopping action and gripping suspense at every turn! 

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the review!