Thursday, August 16, 2012

[Review] Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Goodreads: "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.

 This book was good xD I don't say that books are bad very often because I try to read worthwhile books, but really this was amazing.

Allie was a really strong character and made you like her. She isn't one of those who would forsake life just because they felt they would become a monster. She decided to be a good monster (not sure if that works, though) and to drink blood as less as possible. She was helpful and caring, more than she was in her human life in fact. In her human life she thought only about survival, but in her vampire life (afterlife?) she starts caring for human life and how precious it is, and protects others.

Zeke, the main boy character and the love interest, was also very strong, although he grew up memorizing certain standards and getting punished if he did not follow the orders of his extremely scary, but good-hearted, father. He [Zeke] was very kind to everyone and does what he thinks is right.

And then the more minor characters leave impressions as well. I especially liked Kanin, her vampire mentor who taught her how to stay hidden, and the rules of vampire life.

At first Allie hated the vampires and was one of the few people who were not blood cattle and her group raided every day when the vampires and rabids stayed hidden. One day, she and her group made a mistake while raiding a abandoned house for food and rabids attacked them. All but one in her group was dead, and she was dying when Kanin found her. He gave her the choice of 1. Dying or 2. Becoming a vampire. If you're attacked by a rabid though and die, you rise again as one of them, and he would not let that happen. She did not want to die yet and so she chose vampire life although she hated vampires. With Kanin (who was an outlaw and had no human cattle) she learned the rules of vampire life and how to survive. She also learned how to fight. At one point, another vampire who had a grudge against Kanin (you figure out why later) attacks him and she escapes and leaves the city. She meets a group of people who are searching for Eden (a vampire-free place) and also the cure to the disease that created the rabids. They travel at night to attract less attention, so she is able to help them. And so they go on...
I won't give up anymore :P But anyway, the rest of it, is good and you get to see a lot of different sides of people.

Some things I didn't like
Well. I really liked how Julie Kagawa portrayed vampires, but I think there are too many vampire books around, and after a while, no matter how good the actual book is, vampires get a bit boring. Also, the book ended too soon, but that's ok 'cause Julie Kagawa is writing the sequel :D

The second book is called The Eternity Cure and it comes out April 1, 2013. 
I would really advise you to read Immortal Rules though. It's amazing :D
Buy it if you need to. I don't think you'll regret it.

4.5 stars out of 5 stars 
(which on GoodReads rounds to 5 out of 5)

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