Title: The Immortal Rules
Series: Blood of Eden
Author: Julie Kagawa
Published: Harlequin Teen, April 2012
Purchased: Downloaded my copy from Amazon.com
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.
“You don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, you just move on.” – Chapter 8 of The Immortal Rules
I must admit that when I first saw the cover, I kinda cringed.
Why is there blood streaming down an eye?
But after reading the book, I am so glad that I see blood streaming down the eye.
The image is… so Allie!!
And. I. Love. It.
In the story…
The future world is an awful place to live.
There is danger everywhere.
Allie knows she can’t fully trust anyone. She has seen people turning against one another in order to survive. Yet, she still believes there has to be something more to life than just searching for food every day. Even when she becomes a vampire, she still chooses to hang on to her belief.
I find Allie admirable.
I admire her resiliency.
I admire her fast thinking.
I admire her stubbornness.
I admire her bravery.
While she may be scared, she still keeps looking for a way to survive. Even when she dislikes those who see her as threat, she never withdraws herself from saving those whom she can help.
Honestly, I can’t imagine myself living in such bleak environment but watching Allie facing her gruesome circumstances helps me realize just how blessed I am to live in a modern, convenient and comfortable environment that offers more than just basic necessity for survival. I guess I’m lucky and kinda spoiled. 😉
It’s sad to see how Allie keeps on giving herself to people when only very few return a similar level of generosity, but the contrast just adds the right amount of intensity to keep me wanting to flip the pages and see what might happen next.
I don’t want the story to end. I find myself keep thinking about Allie even days after reading the book. This is something rare for me to experience but The Immortal Rules does have this gripping effect on me.
I’ll be eagerly waiting for the next book in the series.