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05 December 2012

Review: The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa

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 of The Immortal Rules (5/5 stars):

The Immortal Rules was a thoroughly enjoyable and gripping read that had me glued to its pages, hungry with anticipation from start to finish. A thrilling vampire tale it had me utterly spellbound despite my previous doubts about vampire stories. It’s action packed narrative and dark storyline impressed and excited me, and I loved the journey that I embarked on with Allie.

The book deals with the survival of humanity in the face of extinction, death and destruction, in a world where elite vampires rule. It also deals with the search for humanity by one supposedly demonic and soulless vampire who attempts to fight the monstrous instinct to consume, destruct and dominate. This book was utterly compelling, with an enthralling and sometimes poignant narrative and stark, realistic characters. It is also a tale of friendship, love and hate, life and death and is most of all a tale of hope in the face of hopelessness.

The plot of the story was dramatic and thoroughly compelling, as I turned each page in anticipation utterly gripped by each event. The whole book kept me on the edge of my seat as exciting event to exciting event just kept me glued to the pages. I was eager to read on and finish the story to see how the story would pan out but also hesitant to leave the story behind and its characters. The middle of the story was quite slow paced but it just heightened the anticipation and kept me wondering what would happen to disturb the quiet and almost peaceful storyline. I wasn’t disappointed. The story was also highly emotional at times and realistic especially the storm scene at the beginning of the story. The language and narrative made my heart beat like a drum and I became entangled in the dramatic events and was shocked, surprised and sad by what happened.

I also loved the way vampires were portrayed in this story. Vampirism wasn’t romanticised as a state to desire like in some novels. It was depicted as a dark and monstrous state, vicious and animalistic. She went back to the basics and depicted vampires in all their dangerous, bloodthirsty and horrible glory. I was impressed by the stark portrayal of vampires and the addition of rabids, a hideously creepy and sick breed of zombie and vampire.

Allie, the protagonist is a survivor, a Fringer living on the outskirts of a vampire city, and a human with a pure hatred of vampires. One fateful night she is forced to transform from a living, breathing human being into a bloodthirsty and hungry vampire. She is pulled from a life of familiarity into a life of danger, authority, hunger and power. Allie slowly comes to learn that the life of an immortal is one of loneliness and emptiness; the epitome of a hollow existence. Allie embarks on a journey both physical and mental, as she attempts to deal with the fact that she has become something she has always despised. She decides to live with the consequences of her vampirism on her own terms and she beings to fight a battle within herself. She searches deep within herself for the source of her humanity and attempts to sedate the monstrous side of her nature.

I loved Allie. She was so determined, tough, feisty and independent and she immediately stood out as a strong protagonist easy to relate and empathise with. I loved her humanity despite her having to grapple with an inner demon that could easily overpower her emotions but her determination and drive kept her vampire instincts at bay. I empathised with her confusion and loneliness, at her separation from her familiar life and friends.

The other characters just completed the story: Zeke, Kanin, Jeremiah, Caleb and others. The humans, trying to survive in a dark and dangerous world, are desperately holding onto hope and freedom. As their journey progresses companionship, friendship, love and hope become poignant themes in the novel reminding us of the true values of humanity and the values that Allie is desperately trying to hold on to as a vampire. The romance in the novel was sweet and subtle but also sad as its inevitable conclusion was emotional and heart wrenching. It was an enjoyable little addition to an action packed, bleak book full of death, gore and blood.

The Immortal Rules was a book that I devoured impatiently, wanting more and more. This book was exciting and thrilling and the ending left me shocked, worried and hungry for more. I loved it. Bring on the next book!

1 comment:

  1. Ahh I'm so anxious to read this book! I like the sound of vampires that aren't romanticised.. I'm so bored of all those books that fed off the Twilight Saga! Brilliant review :)



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