Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release: April 24th, 2012
(from Goodreads)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.
The Immortal Rules was kind of a given for me. I really liked The Iron King and Julie Kagawa’s world building talent plus dystopian vampires, well that equals brilliance. I am so happy to say that I am even more impressed with this book than I could have imagined.
What was so cool about this book was how everything came together so perfectly. You’ve got your vampires, some zombie-like creatures(called Rabids in this series), dystopian society, a little romance, and a great backstory. The characters all had very distinct personalities and I was drawn to a couple that I wouldn’t have expected to like so much.
I was less than impressed with Harlequin’s creative decision to use a Caucasian model for the cover art, rather than an Asian. The main character Allison is definitely Asian and I am disappointed they didn’t reflect that on the cover. I was also not particularly attached to the male love interest, Ezekiel, but am hoping he will grow on me in later books.
It really was a fantastic book with lots of action and adventure. This one ends us on a cliffhanger, but at the same time was concluded very nicely. I will be anxiously awaiting the next books in this series.
Purchase or Check Out?: Purchase
Would I read it again?: Yes!