The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa (2012)
YA Fiction | Paranormal | Dystopia
“To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness
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.”
pooled ink Review:
Normally me: A vampire book? Pass. They all just end up being pretty much the same. Predictable and boring.
However this time I read a bit about the series and decided that this just might be something new and exciting. Spoiler alert: IT WAS.
Thank you to Sofii @A Book. A Thought. who mentioned this series on her paranormal rec. post because I would have otherwise never known about it and thank you to my local library for actually having this series on its shelves so I could read it.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I mean, how did Kagawa even come up with this masterpiece??
Honestly despite this being a vampire trilogy the story is more centered on its post-apocalyptic setting. Which I really loved. Vampires were the constant threat, the constant looming enemy, but the heart of this book circled around survival and humanity. If you’ve ever read the zombie trilogy Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming then you’ll know what I mean.
This was absolutely unlike any vampire story I’ve ever read or seen. It was absolutely fantastic with the vampire lore (it stayed pretty true to the original/classic vampire legends) but didn’t get too hung up on the vampires themselves so much as the story focused on survival and what it costs. For the main character, Allison, survival cost her her humanity as each day becomes a constant battle between the human buried deep and the monster her body drives her to be.
Allie was an absolute badass character and I want her on my team. The book is told from her POV and just getting to see her mindset, her view of the world, those around her, and herself was fascinating. She remembers her human life and the tough lessons that life gave her, she is taught the rules of being a vampire and must accept the cold fact that she is now a predator and the humans are her prey. But through it all she fights to maintain a hold on her humanity, looking at humans as people, not food, even while understanding their fear and desire to kill her. While her intentions are often honorable she cannot change the fact that to the entire human race she is a villain. And it’s when she begins to learn how to balance her monster with her good intentions that she really becomes unstoppable.
I found the entire concept of this book incredible. Assuming vampires are real, what would happen to them if a deadly virus started wiping out the global human population? Everyone wants to survive and they’ll go to drastic lengths to do so. Truly, the world-building was so good. Kagawa gave this series a fantastic foundation with the apocalyptic backstory, the dystopian present, and the role of vampires as the world started collapsing around them.
Within this world we get to experience several different facets and perspectives of the current situation. We get Allie as a human, starving and living off the streets with a burning hatred for vampires. We get Kanin, a very old vampire who was there when everything went horribly wrong. We get to see vampires who suffered at the hands of humans, humans who suffered at the hands of vampires, we see good vampires and bad humans. Through this lens of survival we witness humanity and what that really means. (Even vampires were human once).
I really loved how this book didn’t get hung up on the romance. Is there romance? Yes…but this is far from a romantic book. This is about as different from Twilight as one can go. Attraction bloomed between characters but it never stole the focus of the story. Everyone was too busy with prejudices, fears, and the drive to survive to ponder too long on love in such a devastated world.
The other characters in this book were well written and well placed throughout the story. Allie’s gang and fellow street rats introduce us to this world and we barely get a grasp on it before Kanin swoops in giving Allie a hard choice. After fleeing the city, once Allie stumbles across a traveling group of humans in the woods her heart must battle against her nature and she is forced to forge what her worldview will be from then on. She cannot be Allie the human anymore but she doesn’t readily accept Kanin’s teachings either. She is a monster who is too stubborn to give in. But then what does that make her?
I refuse to spoil the plot for you but just know that it’s bloody, dark, action-packed, constantly evolving and twisting, there are characters you will love and characters you will hate and deaths will come from both sides. Just remember that this is Allie’s story and it is a story about survival. She will always choose to live, but at what cost will she pay to stay?
Merciless and intense, The Immortal Rules spins a story about a girl who was once human but now as a monster is forced to realign her view and place in the dark, crumbling world around her. Read this epic dystopian tale about what it means to survive and what it means to be human. For even vampires were human once.
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Meet Julie Kagawa!
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.