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{NetGalley Review} The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa




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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.







My Thoughts on The Immortal Rules:


In a world where humans are cattle, vampires live like kings, and the largest threat comes from creatures (once living) called rabids is where you shall find yourself as you grace the pages of this story. But it isn’t as simple as that, and one must admit that it makes an excellent background for a suspenseful story of survival, loss, pain, and many emotions one might feel in a post apocalyptic world. This is the setting you’ll find in The Immortal Rules.


The story begins as a young woman, Allison, watches the vampires hang a group of three teenage children for a list of charges that included theft. They stole food, and they took it just so that they could survive. You see, the vampires keep to their inner part of the city, and their cattle live on the outskirts but still within the great wall. If a human chooses to register as a donor, then they are taken care of. They are given food, shelter, and even clothing. If you are very lucky, or extremely talented then you are brought into the inner city, and you would find yourself wanting for nothing. For many this is life, but for those who don’t want to be registered, don’t want to be cattle, well, they get nothing. This is the reality a young woman must face who refused to register as she watched her mother die after being forced to donate blood even though she was ill.


We quickly learn that she not only steals to survive, but she has a deep hatred for the cold vampires. They stole her mother away, banned books and learning, and they take her friends away under the cover of darkness. Then one day, after realizing her friends as well as herself would starve, she set off to the ruins to find food. But outside the ruins are where the rabids live, and their bite can be deadly, infectious and sometimes both. In a race against time, and to save her friend, she found herself at the mercy of these beasts. With her body ripped to shreds, and only moments away from death, she is given a choice: die or die and be reborn a vampire. She chose to become what she hated most.


From here we follow her on a journey of self discovery as she desperately tries to fight the monster deep within, to fight the blood lust, and to continue to survive amongst the humans without detection. She meets up with a group of people during her journey. They are searching for something unheard of to Allison, a place, a world that is entirely run by humans. It’s named Eden, but no one knows where it is, and for years the group has searched for it.


While the safety of the people within the group is a priority, on the journey, it isn’t the actual reason. In possession of the leader is data. This data may unlock the mystery to the rabids that mysteriously arose during the red lung epidemic when vampires came forward to try and find a cure, to save mankind. This data could mean not only a future cure for the disease, but also light the way to ending the rabid population once and for all.


But the vampires want this information as much as the humans. They would maim, torture, and even kill for it, and it’s up to Allison alone to fight for her new human family. Fight against the vampires trying to steal the data, protect them from the hoards of rabids roaming the countryside, and maybe most importantly, she has to protect them from her own blood lust.


Overall I felt the story was very solid. The suspense was written to the point where I couldn’t really guess how the story would end. There were twists and turns, and while you kind of figured Allison couldn’t keep up her secret forever, you still couldn’t just “tell.”


Another aspect of the story I enjoyed were the rabids themselves. They are, in my mind, much like zombies, so that’s a plus right there as I love zombies, but they were still a product of the vampires. The detail in what to look for, and how one knew a rabid from (insert something here) was superb.


Now this one wasn’t huge on romance, nor do I think it’s intended to be, but there was some very light romantic moments. A kiss here, or there, but Allison wasn’t searching for love, no; she was searching for ways to vindicate her past life as well as her choice to become a vampire. But to add in to conflict, the boy she started to have unexplainable feelings for was a human, who like herself, despised vampires and called them demons.

If you like zombies, vampires, female heroines, and suspenseful reads, then I highly recommend this one. I’d think it would be alright for an older teenage audience as well as for adults, but there is a bit of language and gore described within the book pages. Of course every family/parent is different, so as a disclaimer, I ask that parents of younger teens read it first.



My Rating

4.5 out of 5 Controllers

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