Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24, 2012 (hardcover)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Overall: 5 Stars
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.
A part of me was hesitant to start any new series centering around vampires, but since Julie Kagawa is one of my favourite authors, there was no way I could resist reading The Immortal Rules. If there was ever an author who could manage to bring a new spin to the vampire genre, it would surely be Julie Kagawa. The term "cinematic" first comes to mind when describing The Immortal Rules. The book was thrilling and action-packed, and with Julie Kagawa's excellent world-building skills, the dark post-apocalyptic setting is brought completely to life before your very eyes.
When Allie finds herself attacked by rabids while venturing for food on the outskirts of New Covington, she's unexpectedly saved by a Master Vampire named Kanin who gives her a choice: live and become vampire as the price... or die. Allie's will to survive is stronger than her hatred of vampires though, and she soon learns what it really means to be a vampire. However, Kanin is secretly on a mission of his own in the city, determined to undo a past mistake, and when his enemies find them, Allie and himself are forced to part ways.
Allie's escape from the city she's lived her entire life in takes her on an unexpected journey, one in which she must hide her vampiric nature from the ragtag group of humans she suddenly finds herself traveling with. They're trying to find Eden, rumoured to be the last place of human salvation and untouched by vampire influence, but after years of fruitless searching, it's beginning to seem more like they're chasing a legend. And as Allie struggles with her new immortality and the monster she feels she's becoming, she finds herself drawn to the very much human Zeke. In a world where everyone is selfishly only looking out for themselves, Zeke's kindness is a novelty to her. I'm just not too sure how I feel about the spark of romance which developed between them because I still see him more as a good friend than anything else...
Despite the fact that The Immortal Rules is almost 500 pages in length, I was still wishing the book would never end! I am absolutely looking forward to reading the second novel in the Blood of Eden series, The Eternity Cure. Julie Kagawa has imagined true creatures of the night who inspire terror and fear at their mere mention. The Immortal Rules is written with an intensity that is simply pure addicting to read!