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June 15, 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.
As you may have already noticed, it seems that an evolved group of dystopian-centered vampires have been on the rise in YA. At first, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it, but The Immortal Rules eventually managed to give this new "trend" my figurative seal of approval.

There is no way to describe Allison Sekemoto, Allie for short, without mentioning her strength. She's a human street rat surviving among feral predators. If that's not enough to convince you, this should be: the girl wields a katana. A katana. There's no denying the awesome here. Aside from the obvious conflict with the vampires, I truly enjoyed the dynamic that came alongside Allie's internal struggle to come to terms with who she is and what she has become. I may not have always agreed with  her choices, but she captured my attention nonetheless.

It is not typical for me to be so intrigued over a character outside of the protagonist and his/her love interest, but Kanin, the vampire who sired Allison, was a huge factor in my overall opinion of The Immortal Rules. Julie Kagawa gives her readers just enough of him to keep us curious without actually revealing his fate. In all honesty, Kanin's character spoke to me much more than Zeke's did. In fact, I was almost disappointed when Zeke's character started showing up more frequently. Zeke may be the one Allie's got her eye on, but all I really want is more Kanin.

The dystopian elements in The Immortal Rules were well-researched and thorough. I adored the uniqueness of vampire "cities" that exploited the remainder of the human population for their blood. Adding to the complexities of the plot were the rabids and the various characters that traveled with Zeke. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel in this series!

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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