"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.(goodreads)
My thoughts...Been craving a gritty, edgy, hardcore vampire story? The Immortal Rules is just what you need. No sparkling, soft and fuzzy vamps here- just hard-core, sword-swinging, blood suckers roaming these pages.
As a huge fan of vampire literature, I have been disappointed with the "soft" vampires lurking in books as of late. Vampires that have so much remaining humanity, they don't even seem undead. Julie Kagawa has created a world where vampires perish in the sun, need human blood to survive and can wield a sword like it's nobody's business. It's not all business though, through the bloody haze, there is a great storyline and some intriguing characters that keep the story moving at a fabulous pace. Allie, our heroine, is a street rat turned vamp who has to learn how to survive following a new set of rules. Her stoic sire does his best to prepare her for the dangers and strangers (both dead and undead) that she will inevitably encounter. Zeke, who is of the breathing variety, will quickly steal readers affection as well as the other characters. And hey, he's special so there's a lot to love!
Action, violence, hints of romance, and plenty of blood lust fill the pages of The Immortal Rules. Kagawa, a proven story teller, does a brilliant job of entrancing readers and taking them on an incredible journey. The world building was magnificent and easy to follow. The ending wrapped up the current dilemma but left plenty of room for the story to continue.
I have high hopes for the rest of this series. I definitely want to learn more about the world, its characters, and the future of humanity in Kagawa's realm!