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.
In her new series, Blood of Eden, Julie Kagawa has successfully merged two of the biggest trends in Young Adult literature – vampires and Dystopian.
In the first book of the series, The Immortal Rules, it is the future and vampires are no longer creatures of the night, hidden and mysterious. Instead, they have moved to the top of the food chain. They have left all vestiges of their humanity aside. Humans have become their pets, required to register for the “honor” of being a human feeding tube. To live “unregistered” is to live on the edge, to barely eke out a life from discarded scraps, constantly looking over your shoulder, waiting for the moment of capture.
Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are barely surviving. They are living in an abandoned building, doing their best to stay out of the reach of the vampires. Food is scarce. Education has been banned. Then, Allison discovers a cache of food. In her attempt to retrieve it, she and her friends are attacked by Rabids – a savage vampire hybrid. Aa she lays bleeding, a vampire named Kanin gives her a life or death choice. She chooses to live. Now, she has to live with her choice.
Thus, begins Allie’s struggle to maintain her humanity in the wake of becoming a monster. Her life is further complicated when she is forced out on her own, without Kanin’s guidance. She meets up with a group of humans, with secrets of their own. They travel by night, in search of a place they call Eden. They take Allie in, unaware that they have brought a monster within their ranks.
I have to admit that my first thought when I read the intro to this book was “Vampires? Really? Aren’t they awfully overdone?” But, Julie Kagawa has created a fresh take on the vampire mythology. The Immortal Rules is filled with twists and turns, full of surprises. And, it leaves lots of room for future volumes. The ending is tied up enough to be satisfying, but there are still plenty of questions to be answered in the future.
I definitely recommend picking up this book when it is released on April 24. Or, better yet, enter below to win a copy!
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