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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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

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Awesome Prequel

Firstly, Julie Kagawa, I'm a fan. I love that this series is about the frightening vampires I grew up with. Though there are humorous parts, this book is intense.

Again, no glittering, cuddling vampires here. It's pretty vicious at times. A great dystopian story.

This came after the original trilogy, Blood of Eden. It's not something you must read in order to start the trilogy but it's a fun read and worth your time.

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  • Lynn
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  • 09-22-13

Loved it!

I can't wait for more! Another great one! I really like Julie Kagawa.

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Great prequel!

Where does Dawn of Eden rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top, along with the rest of the BLOOD OF EDEN series.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved getting a first hand account of the world right after the Red Lung disease wipes out much of humanity & the beginnings of rabidism and the spread of the virus. I also enjoyed Ben & Kylie's relationship, along with the seemingly irreparable father-son relationship between Ben & his dad.

Which scene was your favorite?

Then here are so many for such a short book, but I think the part when Ben's stubborn dad doesn't listen to Ben & Kylie and disaster ensues was the best part of the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Red Lung Disease & Rabidism: When S@#$ Hits the Fan!"

Any additional comments?

This was a well-written, well preformed to prequel and I really enjoyed the insight of how both diseases began to destroy Earth as we know it. I wish it had been longer and I would suggest outright purchasing the audiobook instead of spending a whole credit on it. It cost less than $4 and it was well worth every penny. Highly recommended!