The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – REVIEW

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Harlequin Teen, 485 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Blood of Eden #1

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.

For all of you holding your breath out there about Julie Kagawa writing a non-fey series…you can exhale! The Immortal Rules is a fantastic book! I will admit that the first 40% of the book is a bit slow, but keep in mind that Kagawa is building that world for you, fleshing out her many characters, and is setting you up for a wild ride. The basic premise is that Red Lung, a disease has wiped out the human and vampire populations, and has turned them rabid or killed them completely (just regular dead…not undead).

The last 60% of the book is full of action, battle scenes, new-found, forbidden teen crushes, and a nemesis who I’m positive will be back in the next book. I really loved the way that the author took her time building her “universe” for Allie and forming the bonds necessary to make this story really stick with you.

Allie’s growth over the course of the book is really great, and although some parts are repetitive [the Hunger]…you soon embrace that as part of her inner-struggle and thought process. I enjoyed this book because it was different. I would almost classify this as a dystopian/vampire novel because each city has a vampire king/prince and all humans are blood cattle. “Sticking it to the man” is about as literal as it gets…staking it to the vamp!

Not only are there blood-thirsty, can’t go out in the daytime vampires…there are also RABIDS! Crazy, scary vamps that are essentially mutations that are even more relentless and can even make animals rabid with their disease.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those who enjoyed Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, and everyone who is looking for a new vampire series to get hooked-on!

P.S. No love triangle, by the way. Yay!

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