The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
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 was a bit nervous starting this one. I love Julie Kagawa‘s writing, but as a general rule, I don’t like post apocalyptic or dystopian novels very much. After finishing, I sat here thinking, what was I thinking worrying? Julie Kagawa is such a talented writer, and only she could make me love a post apocalyptic novel this much.
Why no one has thought of a post apocalyptic vampire novel before now beats me, but it was SO COOL. I loved Julie Kagawa‘s vampires. The mythology behind her vampires made so much sense, and it was just really neat. I loved the Julie Kagawa‘s vampires were actually scary, and maybe even scarier than them, is the rapids.
All the mythology of the creatures poured into the world Julie Kagawa has created set up an awesome plot. While this book has a very dark tone to it, there still are quite a few lighter moments. I loved when I was finally able to figure out little pieces of the plot, and then had to speculate how I thought they would play into the story later down the line. There was also a pretty decent creep factor in this one.
I loved Allison – she was SO SNARKY. I found myself laughing at some of the things she said all the time. I really liked Kanin. While he was all cryptic like, I thought he was pretty snazzy and I hope to see more of him in the sequel. ZEKE. He was pretty rad as well. After Allison, I think Caleb was my favorite character of the book. He was adorable and I wanted to give him a hug.
Book 2 cannot come soon enough. I need it like yesterday. The Immortal Rules nicely ties up this plot arc, while opening the path for one that will be just as awesome, if not even more intense. I cannot wait to read it, and see what is next for Allison and the crew.
Julie Kagawa doesn’t hold back at all with this one – she has pulled out all the stops. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is the sort of book everyone needs to read. I don’t care if you say you are all vamped out, read it anyways. It was so unique, awesome, and just brilliant, that I want to shove it into the hands of everyone I see. I loved it so so much. Another masterpiece from Julie Kagawa.
And the cover? IT IS SO GORGEOUS.