The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Hardcover, 504 pgs.
Published April 24th, 2012 by Harlequin Teen
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.
I'm not a fan of this cover (though it is growing on me) and I wasn't super eager to read about vampires. Now I do love a good dystopian, but the whole vampire thing had me forgetting about that aspect of it. But the fact that it's Julie Kagawa and I know she's a genius, had me eager to read it. Once I started hearing how good it was I was absolutely dying to pick it up. And the second I did I was loving it. Right from the first sentence I was drawn into this dark and terrifying dystopian world where vampires rule.
The characters were awesome, the story was awesome, it all completely blew me away. And as you'll probably see millions of reviews on this book I think maybe I'll just gush like a maniac. I loved the twists and turns and not knowing what could happen, what decisions Allison would make. I was surprised again and again.
I saw in other reviews that people thought there was too much info and not enough action. I disagree. I thought it was a perfect balance. I never felt bored at all. It's a chunk of a book (504 pages) but if I had had the time I would have read it in one sitting. It was absolutely incredible! To me this book makes the EPIC status. I very very highly recommend to lovers of dystopia, vampires and epic story telling. And I think Julie has me even craving more vampires books...