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.
I would definitely recommend this book, and already have to my blog readers! This was a surprising read and a nice change of pace from the "norm" in regards to vamp novels.
I like that the author actually put her characters through an emotional ringer. Everything isn't happy ending with flowers and confetti. Allie goes through some real struggles with accepting herself, accepting that she can't have the live she once had, and accept that things happen for a reason, even if you don't like the outcome.
I don't believe I have listened to any of her previous performances, but she did a fantastic job with this book.
Extreme? Yes. I laughed out loud a few times at work, I got emotionally caught up towards the end. I thought about the ending for several days afterwards. Could I have accepted what she did? I didn't cry, but I definitely felt compelled emotionally by the characters trials.
Download this book and listen to it, you won't be sorry. It is a gem of a find. Now I just have to wait patiently for the sequel!
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This is a wonderful read, Great story, characters, and good narration
.. it’s full of action and it’s hard to stop listening to. I love this series and I look forward to the other books. I would recommend this to everyone.
The story, it was a good orginial story.
Loved the end and I can't wait for the next book.
I love Julie Kagawa, she is a very tallented writer and has a way of explaining detail with great imagery. Though I think the vampire genre is a bit played out, this one has enough uniqueness to make it worth the listen. The lead character is great, a bit naive at times, but she gets herself together as the book progresses. Not at all a typical Ya vampire novel or story for that matter. No high school drama, or high school crush, in fact, no school at all. I enjoyed the book and listened to it all the way through. I can't wait for the next in the series. As always, Therese Plummer did an excellant job.
I'm more of a Paranormal Romance junkie, but I decided to give this one a try since it was on sale. I really liked it! You have to get into the mindset that there will be no hot moments and that these are teenagers, but the story was compelling. It's kind of post-Apocalyptic and there are many layers.
I liked that Allie is a strong and very smart character. She is learned in both life and books. She discovers that she can be vulnerable and love others in spite of the difficulties and betrayal she has experienced before. I also liked that she had to fight and struggle through every ordeal she faced. Yes, vampires in the book are strong and have other abilities, but she had to learn to identify them. Her need for someone to guide her and all the questions that remained unanswered (in a good way) made her character all the more believable.
I think I will read the second book in the series eventually and see if I it's a series I'll follow. Overall I think it was the right choice for my first YA novel.
I enjoyed this book. It was a bit long winded in some parts but over all I thought the book did a good job keeping my interest and adding a new spin to the vampire story. I have to say that it had Hunger Games under tones in it but a lot of new YUL has been working the whole primitive and starving future society motif. I thought this book did a good job with the total the transition from human to vamp. As a reader I could feel the turmoil the main character was in but it didn???t bod the story down. She was a survivor and she did what she had to do.
I also enjoyed the irony of it taking the main character becoming a vampire to find her humanity. If she hadn???t been turned and met up with those in search of Eden specifically Z she would have continued her ???only the strong survive??? outlook on life. Nice twist.
I really like Julie Kagawa's "Iron Fey" series, so I had high expectations for "The Immortal Rules". ...and it did not disappoint. I've read dystopian novels and vampire novels, but I think this is my first dystopian vampire novel. It grabbed me from the beginning and wouldn't let me go. There are a lot of unresolved cliffhangers at the end of book 1, so I am anxiously awaiting book 2.
I strongly recommend listening to this on audiobook. I'm not sure if Julie picks her own narrators, but both this book and the "Iron Fey" series had excellent narrators with very distinguishable character voices.
Julie Kagawa has been a favorite of mine since middle school. The book was sooooo good, however Therese's voice was annoying for a bit, but after a while I got used to it and could really enjoy her voice though I still laugh at some parts where she voices Zeke.
I love listening to books when time permits! I enjoy this service its awesome!
Yes, for sure loved the author and loved the narrator Therese Plummer. I love the entire story line easy on the ears.
When Allie had to face Ezekiel!!! So heart wrenching......
My favorite scene was the fight between Cannin and Rabid's
This is one of those books that you pick up having no idea you will love it so much. Kind of like what happened to me when I read The 5th Wave. It's one of those awesome books where you can't stop reading; where you have a strong connection with the characters, and you cannot help but root for them. I think this is, by far, the best vampire book I have ever read. The romance between a human and a vampire feels realistic, and so does the struggle both physically and mentally to fight the inner demon and keep the blood thirsty monster at bay, which Allison doesn't always succeed at. I'll admit, the part where she is training and learning the ways of the vampires was a little slow for me, but the story picked right up, and then it took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
On to roller coaster ride number two..
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