Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Blood of Eden, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
I purchased a copy of this book and reviewed it.
I read the first book in this series way back when it first came out, and I loved this series debut so much that I bought myself a copy once it came out in paperback. When I finished Slayer, I realized that I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Buffy, at least in a literary sense, so I decided to say screw it and reread The Immortal Rules. I realized that I didn’t love it quite as much the second time around, but overall, this series debut was really strong! I love vampires, as well as monsters in general, so taking another deep dive into this series was like walking into a nightmare, one rife with blood, gore, and true horror. Even so many years on, this book was darkly compelling, thrilling, and thought-provoking, most of all. I cannot wait to start The Eternity Cure!
Allison ‘Allie’ , first and foremost, is a survivor. As an Unregistered human living in the vampire-ruled city of New Covington, she has to be. She refuses to live as a living for the vampire Masters that rule her city. Even with the risk of going over the Wall and vampires who are closer to zombies than vampires, called . After a deadly plague called Red Lung decimates most of the human populace, Allie finds a secret cache of food beyond the city. Determined to support her team, she risks her life to find it. But when the rest of her crew is slain brutally by , Allison is offered a surprising, unexpected choice: to die with her humanity intact, or take the risk of being Turned into a vampire. If it goes wrong, she could become a Rabid, a mindless monster just like her former friends. Allie is soon led on a journey outside of the city in which she’d been born, out into the wilderness. When she finds a ragtag pack of humans searching for a place without vampires, a hidden city called—wait for Eden. Will Allie become the monster she so fears, or will she be a vampire of an altogether different sort?
This is my second time rereading this book, and although I didn’t quite love it as much this time around, this series debut was still really strong! (Vampires are beginning to make a comeback! I guess I’m ahead of the trend, for once, ha!) I was captivated by Julie Kagawa’s dark, dangerous and bloody world in which humans are nothing more than pets (servants) or livestock (food). Though I’ve read this book once before, I didn’t remember a lot of it at first, so it took me a little bit to get back into it. Nonetheless, I loved this book; it might be one of my favorites in Kagawa’s extensive body of work. (Hence why I liked it so much that I bought it!) The pacing was breakneck and I was immediately entranced by Allie’s sharp, sad and wry voice. I loved the way Kagawa took vampires and somehow made them ever darker and more frightening. I loved the world that she created, in which vampires, , and humans all fight for scraps. There were times that some of the characters seemed a bit too flat and almost archetypal, but overall, this was but a small quibble. I really enjoyed this book and its many characters, but especially Allie. I cannot wait to read The Eternity Cure! The bottom line: My first reread into one of my favorite trilogies, I loved The Immortal Rules, not as much as the first time around, but I’m still obsessed! Next on deck: The Safe Place by Anna Downes!