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!