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Publisher's Summary

Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden - as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What's worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she's beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems....

©2013 Julie Kagawa (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Good foundation

After listening to Immortal Rules which was an absolutely awesome listen, I had to go back and get this prequel to the story. Dawn of Eden laid a good foundation to the story. If you like stories involving vampires coupled with the intense fight to prevent human extinction and all told by a really good narrator, this audiobook is a gem.

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Unnecessary but Decent Enough

After thouroughly enjoying the first book in the series, I was eager to dive into this one. Luckily it was only a few hours of seemingly wasted time. Any back story received from this was either already known or assumed. The only thing it provided was the initial motivation behind one character which was summed up in one line.

It felt like the author wanted to write a sexual/romantic part into the series, but didn't want to do it with the main characters. The last eighth or so of the book became interesting, but it ended shortly after. If it wasn't for the solid narration, the score would have been lower.

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I am glad I read this one last <3 <3

I am so glad I read this one last. It was a great way to wrap up this series. I have seriously LOVED this series. I will NEVER get tired of vampire stories and this one is one of the best I have read in a long time. Author Julie Kagawa did a fantastic job of writing this whole series. She never skipped a beat at all. The series never seemed rushed and it flowed so perfectly. There were so many emotions throughout the whole series. I won't lie because at one point I was ready to not like Julie anymore (you will know what part)!!! Thank you Julie for sharing this world with me. I love love love it!!!!!!!!!!

Narrator Therese Plummer..YOU DID FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC!!!!!!!!

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A (bad) Harlequin romance with zombies

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is a Harlequin Luna imprint, described by its editor as a place for "female-focused fantasy." Well, it's poorly written and irredeemably cliched even for a Harlequin of any imprint, but it currently has a 4.1 average rating so it must appeal to people who like this sort of thing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I have been craving light and humorous lately, and Carl Hiassen's Skinny Dip is fun enough so far. It reminds me of an episode of the Rockford Files with a sprinkling of Columbo.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It wasn't the easiest book to read because the dialogue is so inane, but Therese Plummer does not do male voices well at all. I also found it irritating that the Illinois farmer was read as as a stereotypical southern hick.

What character would you cut from Dawn of Eden?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

There is a rather graphic sex scene. My understanding is that this is the prequel to a series geared more to YA audiences. This is definitely not YA. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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Beginning of the End

This book drew me in right away because I can relate to the hospital/clinic setting. It made me think about if something drastic like this were to happen while I was at work in the hospital. All the carnage and devastation. Kylie is a doctor trying to help the sick and dying from a virus plague like thing. Everyone else has panicked and bailed on her. Then a newcomer brings in a wounded patient from the outside. Little do they know, this patient could mean the death of all of them in worse ways than the virus. The newcomer, Ben, and Kylie form a close bond from working together trying to survive. It is a fight for their lives, literally. There are things that defy anything science has ever known. And Kylie seems to be the only person to ever survive the virus. I don’t want to ruin it but if you like dystopian type books with vampire creatures and plagues, you will love this. I can’t wait to start the next book and I’m really curious about the mysterious stranger with dark eyes who helped them on their journey then disappeared. He seems to hold the key and answers for what has taken place. There was research being done to try and cure the virus but it seems to have made things worse. The book ended at a good point so it wasn’t really a cliff hanger. Hang on for an intense ride!

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Multiple voices

The narrator does a pretty good performance when it comes to different characters. She truly makes it seem like other people are talking which is awesome. I have listen to a few books where the voices seem to always be the same. Of course the mans voice is a little rough to the point it made me chuckle a few times but she did well! I loved the book, I have read the books that came after this and never realized there was a book before until now and I can say I’m pretty pleased!

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1st person five star

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First Person
Five star trilogy
these are pretty good books
still need to listen to forever song but will eventually get to it

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Great story.

I wasn't sure what to expect listening to this after the blood of Eden trilogy. I loved it I thought that it explained what happened in the beginning very nicely and the characters were great.

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what is wrong with her

all her stories seem to be developed around weird creatures. Dragons, zombies, vampires etc...

i read talon by Kagawa and really liked it, so decided to give this book a try. Though, story was on shorter end, it was good. she is obviously really good writer - the way she developed and described everything; i might have a nightmares tonight...

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awesomeballs

short but sweet love how everything gets tied in between the books very very awesome