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.
Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors! Never disappoints me. She has , and keeps you from the beginning! Can't wait for the next in this series!
Also, love, love, LOVE Therese Plummer! Great voice! She is one of my favorite narrators!
The plot might be OK, but the narration is to dramatic, 1.5 hrs into the story, and I listened to 1.5 hrs of the narrator making ever thing dramatic, no rest periods, just a narrator trying to be creepy and scary with her narration or her voice, she just is trying to act creepy all the time, every sentence, and paragraph becomes the same. its like look out, beware, oh shit, run, stand your ground, fight, run etc..., almost like a comic book, to much vocal drama, if it continues this way, I will die of over dramatic narration. its ruining the book..
Tell the narrator to read the story not dramatize every sentence, and I mean ever sentence, ever thing is not dramatic, for god's sake, save me
She has a good voice she just needs to tone it down. one scene out of every 15 minutes shoud be dramatized, not every scene needs to convey fear, scary, etc...
not if it continues this way, but would be a good book for follow.
Keep Theresa as the narrator but control her overly dramatic sense of drama, she even trys to dramatize a argument scene rather the focus on reading the story and dramatizing key areas, NOT THE WHOLE STORY.FORGIVE ME GOD, TOO MUCH DRAMA IN HER VOICE, NEEDS TO TONE IT DOWN.
I was excited to listen to this book after reading a fair number of favorable reviews, particularly from bloggers I trust.
While I found the story to be decent if not overly exciting, I was unfortunately much put off by the narration. Ms. Plummer sounds to me as if she's reading the book to a 7 year old. In fairness, as I haven't actually read the book, I can't tell if there really is a word or two bolded, italicized, or otherwise emphasized in every single sentence, but that's certainly the way it's being read.
I tend to keep away from YA novels. I typically dislike the characters and the way they interact with each other. I found the plot behind this interesting so I decided to chance it and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it.
The main characters felt real and not one dimensional. The heroine doesn't fall into the submissive or altruistic hole that drives me crazy with "strong" female characters. Granted she did risk herself a number of times but I took that more to be her own arrogance and teenage belief she wouldn't die.
I did feel like instead of a novel I was reading a couple of novellas pieced together but I didn't mind that.
My biggest problem with this book is that twice it would have been far less interesting if anyone had said, "Hey, let's not be stupid and wait a few hours before doing this thing so we don't die horribly." You have people who spend their entire lives just trying to make it to the next day and they do things that are needlessly desperate and stupid.
Another issue was that the author clearly doesn't understand the meaning of expiration dates. 60+ years and all the food and gasoline is still perfectly fine? Really? I suppose if I allow for vampires I shouldn't complain too much about realism but still.
All in all I really did like the book and have already gotten the sequel.
Mom of Four
Great story. Written well and captured my attention from the first sentence. I liked the characters and look forward to reading the next book.
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