Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules By Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)
Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Harlequin TEEN
Released: 2012
Summary: 60 years ago, humanity was decimated by the Red Lung Virus. Vampires came out of hiding and gathered up the remaining humans into decimated cities where they are used as blood cattle. Rabids roam the land outside the city walls and will eat any human foolish enough to leave the cities. Allie Sekemoto is a Fringer. She's an unregistered human who refuses to donate any of her blood to the vampire masters, which makes survival hard. Then, one day scavenging for food outside of the city, she and her band of friends are attacked by a group of rabids. Near death, Allie is offered a choice by a vampire. Live and become what she loathes or die. Allie chooses to live. Now a vampire, Allie is determined to cling to her humanity and not become a ruthless monster. She meets Zeke and a band of wandering humans searching for Eden and a cure. Allie's feelings for Zeke turn into something more and she must control her vampire urges in order to keep those she cares about safe.
My Thoughts: I loved this book! It deserved every bit of hype it got and now I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series. Julie Kagawa is an amazing writer. The story and world she created was so vivid, terrifying, and heartbreaking. I can't wait for more.
I loved the character of Allie. She was hardcore. Able to fend for herself and kick all kinds of butt. Sometimes she was too hard and I felt there should have been a better balance of softness. That being said, it was truly awesome watching her wield that katana and slice her enemies to shreds. Zeke was a very cool character too. He was very firm in his convictions and very protective of his group/family. He's just someone you'd want at your side. In general, he's a very good, nice guy.
I loved the post-apoctalyptic world that was showcased. The crumbling, rotting cities and just the complete desolation all around. I love that feeling of being the only ones left alive (in a novel) and seeing what once used to be fading and disappearing all around you. The world and genuine struggle for survival just really appealed to me. I just love that innately human story of holding on to hope and the willingness to just keep going.
The vampire aspect of the book was enjoyable too. One of the better vampire books, in my opinion. The rabids were terrifying and viewing a world without order or control was vaguely unsettling. The novel showed the good and the bad of humanity. The only iffy thing of this book is some of the language used wasn't really YA friendly.
This book was awesome. I loved it and can't wait to find out what happens to Allie and Zeke next.
I'm speechless, this book was just that amazing!

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