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 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.
It ranks high each book of the series gets better and better each one of her books she writes I hope she writes more books to this series in the future.
She was a real talent of giving each character their own unique personality and really makes the characters come alive it is better than watching movie when you are listening to her. She really gives the right strong emotion that the books deserve and makes you want to buy all the books she does.
The Whole Series made me laugh and cry at different parts of the stories in the series.
The characters is came alive and when i was listening to The Immortal Rules it was so visual detailed and such good story that I thought I was really there in the story. I have listened to the whole series because its one of those series that you cant put down and cant wait for the next one to come out.
Yes, I would because it gives a fresh approach to the genre, by combining it with a post-apocalyptic world. I also thought it was well paced.
The personal struggle she had between what she was and what she now is made me feel for her. I hope the second book is as good as this one was.
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