The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 4-24-12
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. – Goodreads

The world of The Immortal Rules is brutally dystopian, where even the humans have forgotten who they are.  Allison refuses to give into the demand of blood donations to the ruling class of vampires, so she is forced to scrape an existence on the fringe of society where starvation and the elements can kill you just as easily as a rogue vampire.  To say that she is tough woudl be an understatement, and her longing for better times when her mother was still living is well hidden from the people she lives with for  protection.  

I think what I love most about Allison is her determination to find her humanity and keep it even though she is no longer human.  It is in her struggle to simultaneously understand her new condition and cling to her human emotions that gives this story its real brilliance.  It is the cruelest irony that when she finds a group of people that could have made her life much better as a human, she is a vampire and must hide that or risk exposing herself as the thing they hate the most. 

Aside from all of the internal struggles, there is a story that is well crafted and a world that is desolate and terrifying.  Just when you think that Julie Kagawa has created a world that is unapologetically brutal, she throws in a ray of hope in the form of a mysterious mentor or Zeke, the irresistibly sweet wanderer trying to protect his community.  All of these elements came together to form a book that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end.  As someone who is not normally a fan of “vampire books” I will say that this one has me in its grip and I can’t wait to read more!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This book earned 5 Birds:
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135 responses to “The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

  1. Great review, Kate! I have been very curious about The Immortal Rules and am glad to hear that it didn’t disappoint 🙂 It doesn’t sound like “just another vampire novel” and now I can’t wait to dive in!

  2. I also received a copy for review and I agree with you on everything! Allison really is a great character and I found so interesting to see her struggle to keep her humanity. I can’t wait for the sequel!

  3. I thought I was over the vampire genre but Julie Kagawa did this one so well! I really liked the way she built the world, it was brutal and terrifying. I agree about the cruel irony, poor Allison. Fantastic review, Kate. 🙂

  4. I am not a huge fan of vampire books, but if one catches my attention enough I will read it. This book sounds like it would be an awesome read! 🙂

    I may have to pick this up when it comes out. 🙂

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