The Immortal Rules
by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Mira Ink (imprint of Harlequin)
Series: Blood of Eden Book 1
“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.
In a world where vampires control everything, being Registered is the easy way to live. All you need to do is register with the vampires and give monthly blood donations and in return you get a meal ticket and since the vampires control all of the food in the city, a meal ticket is the only guarantee of having enough food to eat.
Allie is an Unregistered doing her best to survive, when she leaves the city one afternoon to look for food she gets knocked unconscious by a shelf of food and wakes up to darkness. In an underground tunnel trying to make it back home, Allie comes face to face with a vampire, only he doesn’t do what she expects, he doesn’t drain her and leave her for dead, he talks to her and then walks away. But this won’t be the last time she sees him.
When she makes it back and informs the rest of her crew what she found in the ruins, they decide it’s worth the risk to go back and get it; only they don’t make it back. They are attacked by rabids. Rabids were once human but now they are soulless creatures that will attack, drain and kill you without a second thought. Allie is on the verge of death when the vampire she met in the tunnel shows up and gives her a choice; die as a human or live as a vampire.
As it turns out turning into a vampire is just the beginning of Allie’s journey. After her creator Kanin prepares her with what she needs to know they go their separate ways. Allie isn’t alone for long, she comes across a group of people that are kind enough to take her in, but they are human and she has to hide what she really is. But how long can she go without revealing herself to a boy she is falling for.
The Immortal Rules is an incredible first book in the Blood of Eden series; it’s exciting and filled with action. Julie Kagawa knows how to keep a readers attention from the beginning to the end. The Immortal Rules is a book that you don’t want to pass up.
“If the damn bloodsuckers wanted me, they’d have to catch me first. And I wasn’t going to make it easy for them”
“Hey, what was that?” easing forward, I tried peering into the box on tiptoe, but he shouldered me away. “Oh, come on. I want to see the big-spiky-ball thing.”