“The Immortal Rules” (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa (2012)
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, YA, Paranormal
Book Length: 485 pages (paperback edition)
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for again.
Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins. (description from Goodreads)
I picked up this book last year, and thought it would be a good pick and it ended up being an awesome book! I loved the fresh storyline and all of the fast-paced action it holds. I also liked the dark, dim, and post-apocalyptic settings of vampire cities (in which the story is set). The privileged live on the inside, and the strays live in the outskirt ruins as they fight for day-to-day survival. Not only do the characters in this story have to worry about vamps, but also the super infectious and deadly “rabids”.
The story paces smoothly through three different sections as we follow Allison’s life before and after being turned into a vampire. Her life changes quickly, and she has to learn to adapt to fight for survival in new way, as well as face many obstacles. Allison is a fierce main protagonist who is not only learns to be an amazing katana wielder, but also a kind-hearted person. And it’s these two points that make Allison such a likable character and drives the plot.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It has a good balance of genres, a plot full of twists, and lots of action. I couldn’t put the book down. 5 out of 5 stars.