Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa [Review]

5 out of 5 Robots!
  

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Dystopia
Release: April 24, 2012
Hardcover: 485 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

 Book Summary:
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.
 

Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside 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 rabid, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass as 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. (Courtesy of the Publisher)


Shannon's Thoughts:
I have finally found a worthy predecessor to The Hunger GamesThe Immortal Rules has it all:  a kick ass heroine, a dystopian world, a plot fraught with danger and excitement, and just a dash of romance.  

This is the second series written by Julie Kagawa, author of the Iron Fey series.  While I enjoyed the Iron Fey series, The Immortal Rules blows them away.  It is being marketed as yet another vampire book, but it is so so much more.  It falls even more with those great dystopian novels.  Vampires are just the icing on the cake.  At its heart, though, it is about all about humanity - what it means to be human and what separates the monsters from the humans.  And The Immortal Rules is a story about survival.  This world is dangerous and brutal.  The characters suffer greatly, but ultimately have to choose to persevere.

The Immortal Rules is split into four parts as Allie comes to terms with her situation.  In some ways the beginning of the book seems like a different story than the end.  It isn't until the very end that you start to see how everything fits together.  The action really ramps up as you read too.  By the end, it is almost non stop.  There are quite a few passages I white knuckled.

The main character, Allie, is about as ass-kickery as they come.  She and Katniss would get along well, I think.  Having grown up as a "Fringe Rat", Allie knows to survive she can only trust herself.  But after she becomes a vampire and is shunned by humans, she finds herself learning to trust others even as she struggles against their prejudices and her Hunger for human blood.

I also really enjoyed the other characters, especially Zeke (her love interest) and Kanin (her vampire Sire).  The characters are complicated and have a ton of depth to their feelings and emotions.  Just when you think you know them, they surprise you. I honestly cannot do this book justice in this review.  If you like The Hunger Games or Divergent, then you MUST read this book. You won't be disappointed!!

2 comments :

  1. Great review! It came just at the right time too. Hahah! I just got this book today and was wondering what people thought of it. Then I looked at my google reader and there at the top was your review.

    Better than the Iron Fey Series????

    @_@

    I HAVE to read this. And soon. Very soon.

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  2. Have just gotten into the first 100 pages or so and am loving it. Believe this is one that I may be up all night reading.

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