Book Review: The Immortal Rules

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The Immortal Rules cover Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Summary: [from NetGalley]

“Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?”
I didn’t then, not really.
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 Review: I kind of fell out of using NetGalley for a while, but when I heard they’d put this one up, I went racing back. I’m not much one for vampire stories in general – I worry they’ll feel a bit overdone – but this one sounded different, and I loved the Iron Fey series. Why not try it?

I was definitely right about this one being different. This book is so dark and bleak, and that’s what make it my favorite vampire book that I’ve read in several years. The darkness of the landscape reflects the darkness I like to expect from a vampire piece. Say what you want about them, but vampires are killers, and when they’re being portrayed in a light romantic way I have a hard time believing it.

The thing that really surprised me about the book though is the nod toward zombie lit as well. The rabids are a clear analogue to zombie flicks, with a well reasoned and thoughtful explanation. Generally I’m not a huge fan of zombies, but I can make an exception when they have a clear reason for existing, as they do here. That said, there are a few scenes that get extremely gory – I found myself turning pages fairly quickly to get past the worst of it several times.

To be fair, there were a few places I felt like the narrative was a little slow, and I found myself taking much longer over a book of this length than I can usually expect to. Even so, I found this a surprising and fun read and I am so excited to find out what happens next.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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5 Responses to “Book Review: The Immortal Rules”

  1. Kate says:

    I got this one from NetGalley too! I'm excited to read it, especially after reading your comment about it being darker – I think YA needs more of that.

  2. Anne says:

    I agree that YA needs darker fiction, especially when it comes to paranormal books. A lot of them now are all "Imma love you FOREVER no matter what you are" and that's the entire book. While that's FUN, I definitely could use some balance =)

  3. Suey says:

    I love that you loved it because it was so dark and bleak! :) Hopefully I can finish up the Ash books before I start into this one!

  4. Anne says:

    What can I say, I'm just not a light and fluffy kinda girl! At least not ALL THE TIME lol

  5. […] The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – This one was a surprise to me, because it’s rare for a dystopian to come out as a favorite. I like them, it’s just they’re usually so dark, and I really love the books that balance it more. That said, this one was perfect for me, and it definitely makes the top ten list! So original and innovative – I’ll never look at vampire books the same way again! […]

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