Title: The Immortal Rules [Blood of Eden #1]
Author: 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.
Allie hates vampires. Allie’s friends hate vampires. Every human alive either hates vampires or are slaves to them. Then Zeke happened.
Forced with the decision of death as a human or an eternal life as a vampire, Allie chooses life. Struggling to hold onto her humanity, she tries to feed without killing, and live without feeding, but unfortunately, that’s impossible. On the run from her vampire city, she joins an interesting group of people, Zeke among them. They’re searching for a mythical land, though, as they say, every story has some truth to it. Eden, a place where only humans roam, a land in which vampires have yet to taint with their blood, with their evil.
With her ragtag team of humans, Allie finds it harder and harder to resist the temptation of blood. As the weeks go on, she wonders how long she can last before the monster within takes over…
Kagawa has blown me away again. Kagawa’s Iron Fey series was dark, there was violence, there was betrayal, but she made the world of the fey unique, beautiful, captivating. Again, Kagawa created her own world. When we all thought that the vampire concept was used up and totally run dry, Kagawa came back with something knew, something horrifying.
Allie’s world consists of humans, vampires, and Rabids, which are mutations between humans and vampires. Alike to George R.R. Martin’s “White Walkers”, those who die at the hand of a Rabid or have been bitten by one, will become one.
Kagawa’s world defies all of today’s present day buddy-buddy vampire and human ideas, shattering them, rolling them over with a monster truck, and then blowing them up with a nuke. Her characters come out strong: Allie: the vamp who wants to save her humanity; Zeke: the selfless one who believes that there’s good in everyone; Kanin: the guilty one, who has a war within himself; Jeb: the hard-ass leader that doesn’t trust easily and only knows one way – his own; Ruth: the only one who could see the truth, also the bitchy character that the MC often hates. These characters brought a number of personalities to the table, and had someone, or something that everyone could kind of connect to, in their own way.
This novel was like The Host (Stephanie Meyer) meets Blood Red Road (Moira Young) meets Dracula (Bram Stoker) meets Julie Kagawa’s imagination, ending in one gigantic story of awesomeness (if you liked any one of those titles, you’re likely to like this book… actually, if you like reading you’re likely to like this book). I can’t wait to see what Kagawa has in store for us next!
World Building: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 4.16/5
Ruth’s lips tightened. “You’re hiding something,” she said, taking a step back. “I don’t know what it is, and I don’t care, but Zeke is too good to be ruined by someone like you. He has the unfortunate habit of seeing the good in everyone, and he’s too nice to realize he’s being taken advantage of…”
“You didn’t hear what she told me when I got up — you’re so cute I could put you in a pie. Tell me that’s not the creepiest thing you’ve ever heard.” His voice climbed a few octaves, turning shrill and breathy. “Today for dessert, we have apple pie, blueberry pie and Ezekiel pie.”
“Did he teach you how to bore you opponents to sleep? Because I think I missed that lesson.”
“You are a monster.” Kanin’s deep voice droned in my head again, as I forced myself to move, to walk away. “You will always be a monster, there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you.”