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.
It can be tricky to start a story with a not-so-likeable main character, but the author manages to make Allie relatable - at least a little bit - even while you don't really like her. Hang in there because the story's worth it!
Some might say.... Another Teen Vampire Story, filled with hopeless romantic love between vampire and victim.
However, this book had an interesting storyline and plot. The story held my attention throughout (gripping), as I wanted to find out what happens to the characters.... And yet the cliffhanger ending makes me want to follow the next book in serious.
The narrator, Therese Palmer, did an excellent job with the characters.
Over all the book was pretty good. There were places that I became frustrated because of the long drawn out blah blah blah and the ending left me wanting waiting needing more. I guess there has to be a book 2, right?
I really loved this book because it was not a typical vampire story. I love how we get to see the different dynamics of a vampires psyche. The author did a great job with this book. The characters a very strong with good background stories. I wish there was a little more romance between the main characters.
this narrator is perfect and potrays the story and characters in a great way. the 2nd and 3rd books are even better!
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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