You will kill. The only question is when.
In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their “pets.” In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.
Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero…and turned vampire.
Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She’s passing for human…for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.
I have loved vampires for as long as I’ve been a reader. Long before a certain book made them uber popular I was reading anything vampire related I could get my hands on. More recently I have been avoiding vampire books, like a lot of other people I know. I’m more hesitant with any kind of paranormal book these days, but especially with vampire books. With The Immortal Rules I didn’t even think twice. Of course I wanted to read it! It’s Julie Kagawa! My assumption that this would be good based on her other books was correct.
Julie Kagawa has taken a post apocalyptic, semi dystopian world and gave vampires the reins. It’s dark and gritty. The humans are either Pets or starving in slums. There’s Rabids roaming outside the walls. No one is safe. The book was really action packed. It didn’t take me long to get fully immersed in the unique world.
Allie was a very strong main character. Her plight was sympathetic. I really liked that she struggled. It wouldn’t have felt believable if she would have slipped easily into being vampire. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Jeb and Zeke. I didn’t feel a huge connection between Allie and Zeke, but I still liked their dynamic and he was a really fascinating character. Kanin was my absolute favorite. How can you not like the mysterious ancient vampire? My favorite part of the book was the first quarter with him.
When I was about to start reading this a fellow blogger, Yara, said that it felt like she had read several books by the time it was over and that it exactly how it felt to me too. That isn’t a bad thing. There’s just a lot going in the book and it’s rather long. I do feel like it could have maybe been a tad shorter, but I was engrossed throughout the entire book.
If you are already a Julie Kagawa fan then I know you are going to read this, but if not don’t be put off by the fact that it’s about vampires. This is not a fluffy, run of the mill vamp story. It’s dark and action packed!