Published: April 24 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 464 Pages
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.
What an awesome world Kagawa created. This story was a refreshing take on both a Vampire tale and a Dystopian story. A Dystopian society that is highly corrupt and run by Vampires is something that could easily be written poorly, but Kagawa did it near perfectly.
Allison was a fantastic character. I loved reading about a Vampire who was actually brutal at times. She didn’t automatically have control over her urges, and she gave in to them, when so ofter author’s don’t want their characters to give in to any type of Vampire hunger. But Allie gave in, and it continued to tempt her throughout the book. It gave the book this awesome tension and the feeling that at any second she could snap. Allie was strong and brave, self assured and a total badass. Her conflicting feelings toward feeding off of humans didn’t stop her from doing it, and she quickly became one of my favourite characters in a YA novel.
The Vampire hierarchy was very interesting. Kanin was a great mentor to Allie, although I would have liked to have gotten to know him a little bit better. I can see that happening in the sequel though. He provided her with a lot of learning opportunities and let her screw up in order to learn as well.
Allison’s relationship with Zeke was interesting. I enjoyed the fact that romance wasn’t a huge part of the plot, it didn’t over shadow it like some can. Zeke was a strong character as well, and his development was good, and I am very excited to learn more about him in the second book.
Allison’s loyalty to the group was frustrating at times, because of them casting her out when they figure out what she is. but it just goes to show what a strong character she is because despite Kanin saying she will lose her humanity as time goes, she tries to fight it in any infinitesimal way she can. The pacing in this book was perfect and Kagawa excelled at character development.
The scenery description was one of my favourite parts of this book. Dead, skeletal cities and haunting forests, crack highways and the desolation of the Fringe. This book really reminded me of quite a few other stories. The Book Of Eli and The Road both because of the Dystopian aspect and the abandoned cities. As well as Defiance because of the walled in city. Kagawa made all of these aspects her own and created this amazing Dystopian world with a barren landscape.
All in all, I really loved The Immortal Rules. A fantastic book for all YA dystopian, paranormal and supernatural lovers with a kickass leading lady.