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.
©2012 Julie Kagawa (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Supernatural Fan. Lifelong audiophile.
I have not read the print book, but I believe the audio version would be better. The acting and talent of the narrator (to me) made listening to the story so enjoyable! I can't imagine - just reading the book. I think I would get confused with all the different characters.
Original. Numerous characters who each could have their own back story. Dystopian + Vampire - two topics that were well mixed and creatively written. Story drew me in. There was a real story. There was balance between the scenery, the characters, the inner and external happiness and conflict of the people in the book. Not focused on erotica as many of the existing vampire series have - which are there own sub genre..but my intellect starves after a while w/ those books
I've been an audiophile practically my whole life. So I have listened to a lot of narrators. Therese Plummer was outstanding. Simply put, her ability to act out ~20 different characters (and do it WELL) made this book fantastic.ADVISE FOR WRITER: DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO DO TO ENSURE THIS PERSON READS YOUR SERIES!!!
Hurry up!!! and get the rest of your series out :)
Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area
The Vampire/Zombie Post Apocalyptic world was set quite nicely. I enjoyed the world she paints in her story (a bit too floral and waxing too poetic at times) and would actually buy a sequel based on the overall storytelling. Julie Kagawa paints a very entertaining Vampire/Zombie post apocalyptic world - but populates her story too liberally with unbelievable and naive characters.
Much of it was an interesting retelling of a frequently done theme. Human survivors live somewhere between conditions of "The Hunger Games" , Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" and Justin Cronin's "The Passage". Actually the book feels like a blending of the three.. The situation's brutality of "The Road", the monsters and cities from the "Passage' and the teen/young audience writing of the "Hunger Games".
What annoyed my enjoyment of the novel, was the repetition of unbelievable reactions/behaviors of the main characters. The characters behavior felt dishonest and downright, lemming stupid at times. Instead of acting like people brought up in a dog eat dog post apocalyptic world where stupid gets you dead - they act like kids taken from a modern mall and dropped into this world for a few weeks.
the main characters run into many gangs of rapist cannibals who try to.. well do what they do to the female lead. Our heroes born in this dog eat dog world get the upper hand and decide it is unethical to kill these cannibal rapist bad guys. Carefully leaving them alive to preserve their own humanity. Really? In this kill or be killed world.. please..
Or better yet
- veteran scavengers on a planned mission, just happen to get caught outside in the dark in the worst known territory of undead monster activity after dark. Oops. Gee. Who could possibly predict when the sun would set? Please. Come up with some other way where your characters get in trouble - couldn't a patrol have stopped and kept them pinned down in forbidden territory, something other than just eye rolling carelessness.
Children and people mildly walk out of shelter in unknown territory into a throng of man eating zombie/vamps.. Its like the cast is TRYING to earn a Darwin award for stupid deaths. Natural selection would have weeded this sort of behavior out long ago.
So, if you can tolerate a story where the author clearly pulls her punches, and is obviously writing for a younger audience, then you'll get through this book just fine. And if you can't, well stick with novels by the likes of Justin Cronin, Cormac McCarthy, or even Suzanne Collins.
I love the story. I really hope book 2 comes soon. Julie Kagawa is definately on my favorites list.
Love. Love love love. This is probably my new favorite. It had so many unexpected twists. It wasn't overly mushy. It wasn't too devastating or too happy. It was hopeful, which is something I search for in a book. It had such a perfect balance of emotion. The main character is totally respectable and I never found myself annoyed with her. This story pretty much redeemed vampires for me. This is what a real vamp looks like, people!
The worlds that Julie create are exquisitely layered and complex. It is easy to forget where you are now and get completely lost in the stories. Julie has outdone herself in The Immortal Rules and should be at the top of your must read list this summer.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
This is NOT Twilight! It's a real, true Vampire story. It's addicting. It's exhilarating. No love triangle, no sun sparkling vampires. I liked Twilight. But I grew up when Vampires were frightening and after reading a book or watching a movie w/them in it you were afraid to go to bed. This book rocks the don't turn out the light factor. It's gory. It's heart pounding. It's got a deeply interesting story line what w/the great characters & how the Rabids came to be. If you like REAL vampire stories you'll enjoy this book.
The narrator is fantastic!!!!!!
A different twist than most nosferatu stories. I enjoyed listening to it and will download the second book.
I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.
This is not like any vampire story that I have ever read. Because of that I don't love it but the developing storyline is intriguing.
This is not a happy book and the "romance" is rated G for the "young adult" audience. That is neither good nor bad, but I am normally not a fan of YA books.
Any scenes with Kanin.
This vampire/almost zombie apocalypse book does all the right things, develops some complex characters, a well described dystopian world and has a strong female lead. However, it also strays from some of the key formulas in this genre which make a pleasant change.
The story is set in a post apocalyptic world with ruled by vampires and beset by "Rabids" - which are more or less zombies. Living inhabitance of post apocalyptic cities are either tied to the vampires as a food source with benefits or actively avoiding that fate as "fringe dwellers". The lead character (Allison) is such a fringe dweller, who is caught in a bad situation when scavenging and is turned into a vampire in order to save her life. The story follows her personal development (understanding and acceptance of her vampire monster self) as well as a developing love interest with a human boy. There is a back story/mystery surrounding the source of the disease that led to the apocalypse that keeps the story and the action going.
The highlight for me? Finally, a female vampire teenager and love struck human male teenager. A nice change!
The narration performance was good and the narrator a solid match for the book.
Overall, I liked Divergent, Hunger Games, Enders Game and Angelfall better than this book. But not by THAT much, which is high praise considering the hype surrounding all of those books. It delivers a good balance of action; story development and a love interest. My only complaint is that the *villains* are a bit one dimensional which is somewhat irritating.
Loved this book. The last 5 hours really sucked me in. I had a hard time putting the mp3 player down to do other things.
I really enjoyed it, even though it says it is a young adult book, I thought it was great - I am at 35 year old woman. It was nice to have some violence but not tons of it.
I am dying to download book 2 but I have heard it ends in a cliffhanger and book 3 has not been released. I will wait for both to be available.
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