Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
Release Date: April 24, 2012.
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.
In 2009 I went to see a movie called Daybreakers. It was about a post-apocalyptic world where a vampire plague had destroyed 95% of the human population and the vampires now lived a comfortable, human-like lifestyle. I loved it. And I remember being so in awe of this movie and thinking, "this would make the most coolest, kick-ass book EVER."
And then Julie Kagawa wrote The Immortal Rules three years later.
It has that same sophisticated yet terrifying world, the same chilling tone to it; a dark kind of normalcy that almost resembles that of a contemporary novel. And I loved it so, so much. Julie Kagawa gave faeries an edginess with her Iron Fey books, doing something with the popular fictional creatures that - in my opinion - no other author has come close to. And she most certainly just did the exact same thing with vampires. People can whine and moan all they want about vampires being overrated and not "in" anymore, but it's all about what the author does with said vampires. And even though I've been enjoying the romantic, nicey-nice vampires in pop culture lately, Julie definitely brought back the evil and fearfulness of the creatures and I'm enjoying it just as much.
I love pretty much everything about this book. I love how the story takes it time. We're introduced to different characters at different times and nothing felt rushed or pushed together to quicken the conclusion. I love the cast of characters. Allie is snarky and cold while Zeke is soft and nice and innocent but they balance each other out quite wonderfully. What I loved most is that there is a realness to their actions and decisions that kind of brought them to life for me.
The story kind of evolves as it goes on. It begins with Allie trying to come to terms with what and who she now is, to struggling to keep the monster in her contained, to struggling to keep her new human allies safe, to ... well, you get the point. It transforms into this epic, action-packed thriller. And of course, with every great action story comes evil villains. And you guys, there were times that I was LEGITIMATELY SCARED. Mostly the scenes with the rapids because, even on paper, Julie had a way of making those rabids (Vampires gone wrong. Think the creepy cave monsters in Descent) creep up on me.
Overall, Julie Kagawa has won me over with The Immortal Rules. With it's action, terror and kick-ass characters, this book is shaping up to be one of the most epic reads of 2012. I am now a hardcore fan, impatiently awaiting for the next book. I am not just recommending that you all read this book, I'm demanding you do it.
Other reviews for The Immortal Rules:
For Love and Books.
The Overflowing Library.
Pretty In Fiction.
The Book Cellar.