The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
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.
The Immortal Rules is a book that I’ve been looking forward to reading ever since I first heard about it. I haven’t read Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series so I was very interested to begin one of her series fresh – and it’s always interesting to read another author’s take on vampires.
The book begins with Allison and her gang of friends in the Fringe, doing their best to stay alive at all odds. It’s a tough world with vampires in control and since Allison and her crew don’t want to be “pets” to the vamps, they have to live by their brawn and wits. I think the thing I was disappointed with was not really getting enough time to care for her crew. I was discussing Immortal Rules with the Geeks Who Read Book Club and a lot of us agreed that it’d be awesome for there to be a prequel about how the vamps ended up taking over, etc.
I thought it was fascinating from a psychological aspect to see Allie in a position where she’s forced to become something she’s loathed all her life – and yet she chooses that instead of death. It made me wonder what I would choose, if I had a choice to either become something I hated and feared or die. I still don’t know the answer to that, but I think most of me in that moment would want to LIVE too.
I started to really enjoy the book when Allie has time with her mentor/maker, Kanin. Although, I have to say I thought of him constantly as “Bunny” because Bex told me kanin in Swedish is “bunny” and that she couldn’t stop laughing when she saw his name – so I blame her for getting that stuck in my head! I’m hoping that in the next book we learn more about Kanin and that he makes reappearance for a much longer time – which I have a hunch he will based on how this Immortal Rules ended.
I thought the suspense was great for most of the book. The entire time Allie was with Zeke’s group I kept on going through scenarios and clues in my head trying to figure out what was going to happen. I like when a book can keep me guessing – and I never guess right! So on that front, Immortal Rules is a definite win!
Zeke is my favorite character. I loved how much he loved everyone else and was so selfless. I am crossing my fingers, toes, and legs that Zeke gets to reappear in the second book! I hope that Zeke and Allie can work it out and be together. *cue the awwwws*
The Immortal Rules is definitely a great read for any vamp lover. I liked learning about how this vamp society was set up and Allie is a fun character to follow. She’s had to make some tough choices but I think she’s done very well for herself! I’m going to be looking forward to reading the second book in the series for sure!
*Review Copy provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for a fair review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.