The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (Review)

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Synopsis: To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance

Cover: I love, love, love this cover. It is creepy, simplistic, and intriguing to me. The old cover was a picture of a girl with blood dripping out of her mouth which I found cliche for all vampire novels. But this new cover is AWESOME. 

My thoughts: I picked up this book because I have seen various bloggers discussing this series which interested me instantly. I was never able to get tired of vampire stories over time, especially this one since it not only has vampires but it also has zombies. This is a story about Allison Sekemoto, a spunky, independent, and ultimate badass who lives in a place called the Fringe. The Fringe is the outskirts of a city ruled by vampires in control of human slaves they feed off of as “human cattle” as Allison puts it.

Allison, who passionately hates vampires, lives in hiding with her friends in the Fringe, trying not to get caught by vampires or rapids (zombies). One day, on a trip with her friends struggling to find food, they come across a house outside the Fringe filled with supplies. On their heist, they come across rapids who attack them ruthlessly. Allison who is on the brink of death from the attack gets offered by a vampire to either accept death or become an immortal. With her major flaw being afraid to accept death, she naturally chooses to become the one thing she hates the most, a vampire.

But being a vampire isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Allison struggles to grasp the rules of a vampire taught by her creator, Kanin. Her snarky attitude is her weakness when faced with other older and stronger vampires set out to hurt her. She must learn to adapt to the cruel dog-eat-dog world as an immortal with Kanin hiding his dark and dangerous secrets from her. Just when she is getting used to living in the Fringe, hiding from the head vampire running the city they live outside of, she must run away from the danger lurking over Kanin. 

She escapes the city and bumps into a traveling group of humans in search of Eden, a utopia free of vampires and rapids. Here she meets Zeke, a hopeful and selfless young man second in command of the group of survivors seeking peace. Allison must learn to adapt once again into the life of a vampire among humans oblivious to her secret. She, over time, begins to trust others and accepts the actions vampires must make in order to live in this post apocalyptic society among humans and rapids.

Wow. This book was so freaking good. I loved every second of this dark and mysterious story. The vampires were all interesting to read about them openly controlling humans rather than other novels where they hid from society. Each character had a certain quality about them that kept me intrigued throughout the entire novel. I loved Kanin’s wisdom and father like figure he showed which helped Allison mature into a strong vampire. Zeke was also another compelling character who saw the good in people in the roughest of times. Allison is probably one of my most favorite female protagonists I have read about in 2014. She has a don’t-mess-with-me attitude and is loyal to the people she cares about. Her independence is refreshing considering some other YA protagonists usually rely on other characters to be empowered (which I am not against at all). Her undying strength to carry on during dark times is very empowering to read about.

I really enjoyed Allison’s narrative. Her inner thoughts were filled with hardships that made me connect with her along with other supporting characters she met in her journey. This book had the dystopian/post apocalyptic backdrop that reminded me of The Walking Dead especially with the rapids lurking in the shadows. The vampires also reminded me of the immortals in The Vampire Diaries who are also alluring and cryptic in an addicting way. At some points this book had slow chapters, but in all, it was a fantastic read different from any paranormal book I’ve picked up recently. 

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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