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.
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.
Home is where my books are.
This was so much more that I expected. So well written in fact, that I was up all hours listening to it and immediately bought the sequels. I loved the narration as well.
The world building was extremely inventive. The vampires have taken control of the world, controlling the big cities and turning them into principalities run by the most powerful vamps. Humans are tagged and fed as long as they donate their blood. One human girl survives on the fringes, untagged and untapped as a blood donor. We follow her adventures.
This is or could be considered YA, but don't let that stop you. The plot and writing are ageless, and very entertaining. Therese Plummer does a great job evoking the darkness and fear. I loved it!
This is an enjoyable young adult book. I love the concept idea with the post apocalyptic world with vampire cities, and other developments of how the world came to be as it is. There seems to be some strange elements when it comes to main character. She's a survivor, but she runs around with a kid who couldn't manage on his own if he tried.
I do really enjoy how the author developed the vampires to show the demonic side with the pure pleasure of drinking blood and some of the innate draw for violence. And having to actively fight against the primal forces to maintain a part of humanity.
Overall I really enjoy this story, but at points, the personal drama and getting worked up over things gets really ridiculous. So a good story and background, but with a healthy dose of teen angst, which only gets worse in book two.
I got this book in a sale, and thought why not. I really enjoyed the story. I love supernatural books and this one keep me listening, and breaking my only on the commute rule. I couldn't stop listening. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good vamp book.
Yes!! The narration was fantastic! It was like I was listening to multiple people read. She really made each character their own.
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