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.
I am a HUGE fan of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series so you can imagine my excitement when I found out she was writing a vampire series (my first love). However, I was also a little apprehensive. What if I didn’t like her new series? What if I did like it but didn’t love it like I had hoped? What if I couldn’t connect to these characters like I did with the ones from The Iron Fey? All of these what if’s. Luckily, Julie Kagawa knew what she was doing and wrote yet another dazzling book.
The Immortal Rules is sheer brilliance from page 1 to page 485. At 485 pages, you would think there would have to be a lot of “filler” information, this is not the case. Every word is used tactfully to enhance and propel the story forward. The story is so action packed; it is near to impossible to put it down!
I loved Allison. She was real and an admirable heroine. Allison hated vampires but when faced with the option of dying or becoming the one thing she hated most, she chose life. I believe that this is something that most people can relate to. At the end of the day, we would all choose to live rather than die. She had weaknesses and flaws but worked hard to overcome them and become a better person. She continuously chose not to become the monster she truly could be. This line sums up her struggle:
“Hunger flickered, always there, but I pushed it down. I was a vampire. Nothing would change that. But I didn't have to be a monster.”
The romance between Allie and Zeke was beautiful. I loved how Kagawa allowed their relationship to develop naturally. There wasn’t an instant love connection. Their relationship was real and genuine. Zeke is (of course) a total hottie and such a sweetheart. He made it his personal duty to take care of everyone. He even tried to take care of Allie, although we know that she was more than capable of taking care of herself.
The world, the characters, the writing, the pacing were all perfect. I loved this story and cannot wait to see where Julie Kagawa takes it. I highly recommend this book!!