The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
by Julie Kagawa
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.
Genre: YA Fantasy/Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Publisher Type: Non-Indie
Rating: * * * * *
I LOVE the creativity that went into this book. It's post-apocalyptic with zombies running a-muck with a dystopian government run by vampires. Hello!?! How crazy and completely awesome is that?!? In Immortal Rules, Julie Kagawa builds yet another incredible world that is so complex and amazing, it leaves you struggling for air.
Allie is such memorable character; she's definitely jaded by the harshness of her world, but not so much so a reader cannot connect with her (much more likable than Katniss for me). The story is deeply compelling and heart-wrenching, but is so action packed that the story never slows despite the crazy painful drama Allison goes through. My heart broke for her several times, especially in those events right before she becomes immortal. Speaking of immortal, Kanin was an intriguing puzzle of a character and I can't wait to learn more of him in the later books of this series. I was hoping for some romance between him and Allie, though Zeke is an amazingly likable guy. I guess I tend to go for those dark and brooding types.
Overall this is a book not to be missed. Whether you love your sparkling vamps or the more vicious Morganville variety, this is a roller coaster ride of adrenaline and quintessence!
Ummm... why isn't the woman on the cover Asian? Allie is definitely Asian, but I don't get this from this otherwise fabulous cover. I do love the dramatic feel that is in step with the dystopian/post-apocalyptic darkness of the novel. The eerie lettering for "Immortal" is rocking, though I feel the "Blood of Eden" wording could've been better placed. Nonetheless, I really dislike when a cover doesn't reflect the character well and that's just not Allie on the cover. No way, no how.