[Review] THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa

Cover Copy: “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.

My Thoughts: I’m having the hardest time figuring out how to review THE IMMORTAL RULES.  It’s not a horrible book, but it’s not holding my attention either.

The book is split into parts. The first part is great.  Allison Sekemoto survives in the outer Fringe circle of a city controlled by vampires. Outside the Fringe, zombie-like contagion-infected creatures called Rabids run rampant. Allie lives in an abandoned school with a few friends. Every day is a struggle to find food. They can’t go out at night for fear of the vampires. Beyond the walls are abandoned houses full of food, ripe for scavenging, but that area is populated by Rabids.

This part was great. Chockful of tension and excellent world building. But then Allie gets wounded by a Rabid and the only way to live is to make a deal to turn into a vampire. Part 2 finds Allie waking up, realizing she’s a vampire, and learning how to live as one. This is where the book falls apart. The tension thread is completely lost. It’s like starting over with a brand-new story — a very dull one with lots of info dumps. I realize Allie has lots to learn as a vampire, but there was a lot for us to learn about the world in part one. Part two could have been done with more action and fewer scenes of talking heads.

I love Kagawa’s action scenes. She has a real gift for tension and dramatic action. It’s the in-between stuff she needs to either eliminate or improve upon, because that’s where I was skimming to get to the next scene.

Sadly, this was not a book for me. This realization is very disappointing because there was so much potential to love it.  (I mean, who wouldn’t love a katana carrying vampire?)

I have a feeling I’m in the minority with my opinion. I think there will be plenty who will love this book, even those who’ve grown tired of vampire stories.

Rating: C, DNF
Series: Blood of Eden
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Acquired: NetGalley

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2 comments on “[Review] THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa

  1. I started to read this book, too, and put it down after about 5 chapters. I’m glad I’m not the only one who skimmed like mad to get to the next “something’s happening” part.

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