The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 24th 2012
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.
Kagawa truly impressed me with her Iron Fey series. The world building and depth is incredible. Now, if she can do half of what she did with that series in Immortal Rules, I will be one happy reader.
Allison Sekemoto lives her life day by day in the Fringe. Trying to scrape a living together while attempting to go unnoticed by the residence of blood-suckers. Life sucks for Allison, but she does not want to be sucked on. Yet when an unimaginable new acquaintance forces a life/death changing choice on her, how will her final decision effect her humanity, her very soul?
The Immortal Rules started off on such a positive note. The beautiful world-building that I have come to expect from a Kagawa book is in full effect. Taking readers into this dark, haunting world where around every corner a person can face a life or death choice. Kawawa's vampires are not your sparkling-type variety, wanting to save their own humanity. No, they live for the kill. Delighting in the suffering of the humans.
As the novel started to unfold itself, I found myself trying harder and harder to really love Immortal Rules. The premise was there. The characters were beyond interesting. However, that little spark that I needed to really get involved with the book was not there. At times, I feared that due to the snail pace of the plot and lack of true action, Immortal Rules was doomed to be a DNF.
It was not until I got about over half way into the book that my feelings started to change. Honestly, I am not exactly sure what it was that really changed my mind, but once it happened, it was like I was reading a totally different book. The spark had arrived!
It was a true struggle to really get into the heart Immortal Rules. The tempo of the pacing, in the beginning, was really off-setting for me. Making me question on numerous occasions if this book and I were destined to see the end together. BUT once I got past that 100 page or so threshold, Immortal Rules opened up to be a really interesting read. At this time, I am interested enough to see what will happen next, but my guard is a bit up after that beginning.