Written by: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 24th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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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.
So, it took me winning a giveaway for The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) to actually get me to read this first book, and I’m so glad I did. (Why didn’t I read it sooner?! I don’t even know.) I was pretty certain I’d like it, based on reviews I’d read, and I was right – I ended up loving it. But for reasons that surprised me.
I loved the dark, gritty world Kagawa created for this series. It’s terrifying and cruel and bleak, but it created an atmosphere where the characters, flawed as they were, could really shine.
Allie was never going to be your typical YA heroine. Her life on the fringes of the city has made her harsh and distrustful. She struggled with being a good person even before she was turned into a vampire – while she usually ended up making choices that would help other people, she grew up on the streets and ultimately her goal was to look after herself. Once she’s Turned, though, she fights even harder to keep her morals intact, to stay human and to not think only of herself – which says a lot about her strength, and I liked that.
The action was fantastic, but even the slower chapters held my attention, and actually ended up being my favorite parts of the book. Zeke and Allie’s slowly-building relationship was so well-done, and paced perfectly. I loved that Zeke was a lone spot of brightness in an otherwise very dark setting. Allie saw this as a weakness at first, Zeke and his idealism and kindness – but I think she came to realize that it was worth it, and his attitude went a long way in bringing about Allie’s own growth throughout the book.
I would definitely recommend The Immortal Rules to anyone who likes dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic and/or vampire novels – unless you prefer your vampires sparkly, in which case… probably steer clear of this one. ;)