Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden
Date Started: September 17
Date Finished: September 24
Format: ebook from the digital library
As I said in my last post, in 2013 I started getting sick and tired of the vampire genre. Vampire falls in love with human, blah, blah, blah. It got repetitive and boring, but some books twist this up a little and those were the books that I really ended up liking. The Immortal Rules was another vampire story, but this one also had the weird added vibe of dysotopian too. Weird.
The Immortal Rules follows Allison as she tries to make her way as an Unregistered – person living in a vampire city that isn’t registered to donate blood weekly to vampires – in New Covington. You’re introduced to her ‘crew’ who she belongs with in the struggle for survival. Notice I didn’t mention their names? That’s because within the first hundred pages, they all die, except for Allie and the weakest link of her gang. They’re attacked by Rabids – vampires who have no control – and Allie is brutally mangled trying to defend her friend. A vampire comes by and offers her the choice to either die or to become a vampire. She chooses the latter.
She wakes up a vampire and her sire begins training her. Within these pages of her training you get some more background into what has happened to the world we’ve known. A virus by the name of Red Lung has killed most of the population. Scientists thought they could cure it if they tested vaccines on vampires. It didn’t work, and instead the Rabids were created. It turns out that Allie’s sire is the one who told the scientists that vampires existed. Hence why the other vampires are after him.
Eventually, Allie and her sire have to separate and she goes off on her own where she runs into a pack of humans who are trying to make their way to Eden, the last known haven that is vampire free. She joins up with them and her abilities to control her blood lust and not let them know what she is are put to the test. Not to mention she falls for a human named Zeke…
I’ll be honest, I’ve read Kagawa’s work before with The Iron King, and the only thing I didn’t like about her was how she could on and on. She seems to have reigned that in in this novel and she creates a world that’s really intriguing. Dysotopian/vampires is the oddest mix, but somehow it really works. I’m curious to see what happens in the next book. Will Allie save her sire from a mad vampire? What about her ‘brother’ Jackal? And will she ever run into Zeke again?
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Some parts were a little slow, but once you get passed Allie’s transformation it’s a really good read. Just wish some of the chapters were a little bit shorter.
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