Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1)
By Julie Kagawa
Published April 24th, 2012
3 hearts out of 5
From Goodreads: “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.
A lot of reviewers love this book. It’s on a lot of my friends’ lists of top books for 2012. And it got a ton of publicity and hype because it’s from Julie Kagawa, the author of the hugely popular Iron Fey series. With these factors in mind, I perhaps had too high of hopes for this book. Up until this point, I haven’t read anything from Ms. Kagawa so I’m not familiar with her style. All these factors might have created the perfect storm for me not loving or hating this book ~ I was just “meh” about it.
When I first started reading, I couldn’t stop myself from comparing the book to a certain popular “mainstream” dystopian novel. Once I started getting further into it, I realized the problem was that the story couldn’t decide if it was going to be dystopian, vampire or zombie. It’s as if Ms. Kagawa tried to build a magnificent dystopian world with zombies and vamps and it ended up getting bogged down in itself.
Because of this huge world Ms. Kagawa had to build and emotional climate to set, it took so long for the story to pick up and get exciting for me. I have to admit the book didn’t redeem itself until around page 400. Up until then, it was too slow, bogged down with world building that could have gone a bit faster, more succinct. For me, major points of world building were left out. I like my pictures draw a bit more for me to flesh out. Like, what does Kanin look like? What clothes are they wearing?
And why in the world is Stick whining so much?! I can understand the need for weak characters to illustrate the strength of person in another character. But please tell me why this person is so exasperating to everyone around them. Is Stick just a simple idiot? I had a hard time just leaving this to my imagination when Stick irritated me to no end. He should have been killed by his own “friends” before the book even started.
On the complete other side of annoying was Allie (phew!) Because Ms. Kagawa had so much time to devote to character building in Allie (while she was building Allie’s world), she was able to completely convince me that Allie makes a mighty fine badass, cold and calculating vampire. Kanin, Allie’s vampire maker, saw in her human form traits that would make a worthy vampire.
And because of Allie and Kanin’s characters, as well as a good solid ending to the story, I will be continuing with the next book in the series. The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) is set to come out in May of 2013. I just might wait to win the book again, though….