Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Immortal Rules
Publisher's Synopsis: 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.
My Review: I thought the premise of this book was strong. I thought the first 2 (out of 4) parts were really captivating. Then I have no idea what happened. I think the Author does some excellent world building in this book. There is definitely a scary feel to it, especially with the "Rabids" outside the city walls with the most terrifying screams. (P.S. I am not a horror movie girl so this scared the be-jesus outta me) I loved the fact that Allie collected books even though they were illegal, helped her crew find food and looked out for people all while realizing you're still looking out for only you out there. When Allie is turned by the mysterious, give-me-more-a-him Kanin I think oh yeah she is gonna be a serious but kicking sword wielding avenger of the human race!!!!! SO i don’t know what happened to her.. I found that everything I loved about this character disappeared once she hooked up with Zeke and his gang. The story Dragged and I had to sit down and force myself to finish the book so that's probably not a good sign. Also I'm not thrilled that the only other female character is a psycho-jealous bitch. Why? Ugh .. One last thought, there has been alot of noise on this cover. The main character Allie is described as Asian while the cover model is in my opinion, not. Discuss the impact/significance of this in the comments below, thoughts, feelings?
Bottom Line: This book is often compared to "Darkness before Dawn". The only thing they have in common is they’re a 'dystopian vampire book'. If I had to choose one I would recommend DBD.