April 22, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: Review

Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 24, 2012)
Hardcover: 485 Pages
Genre: YA Paranormal (Vampires)
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About The Immortal Rules (Harlequin Teen; April 24, 2012; $18.99): 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 the fringe, 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.

Review by Kate
THE IMMORTAL RULES, by Julie Kagawa, is a fantastic paranormal story packed with action, suspense and an unlikely romance. There are no sparkly vampires in this world! Vampires have taken over the world and the humans who are not their volunteered slaves have to fight for survival. Allison is a tough, no-nonsense human who is saved from death by a vampire and has to learn how to survive in the world as predator instead of prey. She struggles with leaving her humanity behind and with the constant Hunger that overwhelms her newly risen body. This book is unlike anything in the current paranormal market and I think you will enjoy every second of it just as I did.

I was not surprised at all to become aware that this book was optioned for film (official blog post from Julie). While reading I could see the destruction of the land, feel Allison's hunger, and watch the fight scenes right before me. Kagawa has a huge talent for creating visuals for her readers as showcased in her previous series, The Iron Fey, and this book was just as visual. It played out like a movie and I would absolutely be 100% willing to see this book play out in the theaters.

The characters in this book were pretty spectacular. I love when authors push the limits and don't make their characters cliche. For example, with the Unregistered humans each day is a struggle. And when the weak don't survive, there is a quick goodbye then those that survive move on. There isn't a lot of time or energy wasted on those who can't survive on their own. It is a harsh reality but it's something that would probably happen in real life. I appreciated that Julie made her characters true to life in the harsh world. Even the vampires were pretty bad ass. They treated humans just as their were: their food. There was no struggling with humanity (only in the case of Allison since she was quickly and violently turned) and the Hunger for human blood as the only food source acceptable to vampire bodies made them the violent creatures that they naturally were. The lore of the vampires and rabids was really interesting and unique to read and I am dying to get my hands on book two!

Overall, just utterly fantastic. Buy this book, read it, you won't be disappointed.


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  2. Fabulous review! I loved this book as well. Julie Kagawa has an amazing way of story telling that makes it all so realistic and wonderful.

    Jenny at Books to the Sky

  3. I wasn't sure about this book as I don't generally like vampire stories but just like you say, this one was so good. Definitely a must-read for fans of YA lit!


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