Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Published date: April 24 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 485 (hardcover)
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.
Review: And that, people of the literary world, Stephenie Meyer included, is how you write a vampire novel. Julie, you are a FREAKING GENIUS!!
I know most of you remember the time when vampire books were the "thing". Everyone was writing them after Meyer’s Twilight which was obviously a big hit. I have only ever read two series that have vampires as the head theme because I hated the fact they were popular. Now days dystopian has taken over which I'm totally fine about. Don't get me wrong. Some people are still writing books with vampires. Some people even write vampires in dystopian societies.(*cough cough* Julie Kagawa) If she hadn't, I wouldn't have my newest favorite book, now would I?
The point is, I went into Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules thinking she was a little late on the vampire scene and this was going to be horrible.
I absolutely LOVE it when I'm wrong.
The Immortal Rules is about a human girl named Allison who struggles to find anything (and I mean anything) to fill her empty stomach. Allison is Unregistered which means the vampires don't feed her, but they also don't take her blood at bloodlettings. The vampires rule everything in the city so living in the Fringe, the outer city, is hard. It's every man for himself in Allison’s world. Things promptly go south (what kind of book would it be if it didn't. I mean come on!) and Allison’s world is turned upside down by a run in with the rabids, the zombie-like version of a vampire.
This book has surpassed all the other books on my shelf. It blows even the Hunger Games out of the water. Julie proves that you can create strong female characters without them seeming like Katniss Everdeen.
The relationship between Zeke and Allison is just wonderful, just wonderful. All of the many lies that existed tied them together in the beginning and when the truth came out everything went horribly wrong for both of them. But even in the midst of all that, they both find love. I was proud of Zeke because he even talked to her. Alison is one scary chick.
The only thing I HAAATTEEEE about this book is the fact that the second book isn't out yet.