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The Immortal Rules

Tekijä: Julie Kagawa

Sarjat: Blood of Eden (1)

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Fantasy. Romance. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

To Survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness...

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies...and becomes one of the monsters. Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend??a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what??and who??is worth dying for...again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

WHAT IF HAVING A CHANCE TO SAVE HUMANITY MEANT BECOMING what you hate and fear MOST?

civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what??and who??is worth dying for...again.

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 173) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Thank god I'm finished. I couldn't get into it and if it hadn't been an audiobook, it probably would have been a DNF for me. It was too much YA for my tastes ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
Rating corrected down after the second book failed to provide any good answers for unknowns and apparent contradictions I encountered in this one. By itself its probably a decent 3 star at least. ( )
  omission | Oct 19, 2023 |
There have been a number of YA books with a dystopian or post-apocalyptic theme involving vampires popping up lately, so when Julie Kagawa's Blood of Eden series was first announced, I was a little wary. Still, Kagawa's Iron Fey series was a fairly original idea among the multitudes of YA paranormal series so I was hoping she'd put an interesting twist on vampires as she did with fairies. While I was certainly not disappointed, I felt like the first book of the Blood of Eden trilogy, called The Immortal Rules, left some things to be desired.

The Immortal Rules is about Allison Sekemoto, an orphaned human teenager living in the outer region of a city ruled by vampires. In order to survive as an Unregistered human, she must go out and search for food while avoiding being caught by both the city's blood-sucking rulers and the crazed Rabid vampires that have succumbed to their beastly desires and lost all control of their reason. It is on one of these scavenging trips that she is attacked by Rabids. On the brink of death, she is approached by a mysterious vampire who tells her that her life can be saved in exchange for her mortality. Allison, clinging desperately to life, chooses to become of the the blood-sucking monsters that she hates most.

One of Kagawa's strengths is her excellent worldbuilding. Her vampires are the frightening soulless creatures of traditional vampire lore. They are not necessarily beautiful or elegant, and they are very very deadly. Her vampire "science" includes details about their lack of breathing, what happens to their flesh and blood when they heal themselves, and she really tries to explain what it's like to be a vampire through Allie's perspective. The setting, like the vampires, is terrifying as well. The first 100 or so pages detailing Allie's life as an unregistered human gives us a close look at the harrowing conditions she lives in. The descriptions are gritty and visceral, and Kagawa paints a starkly grim picture of a broken down society clinging to the last dredges of life, where even cannibalism is an option for the most desperate.

The characters, on the other hand, were a little lacking. Allison is a good heroine for the most part; she's strong and self reliant from years of living on the streets, depending almost solely on herself for survival. She's a little bit cookie-cutter, though. Like most urban fantasy heroines, she's stereotypically "kick-ass" in that she can fend for herself and doesn't let anyone boss her around. I do like that, in a world where books have been banned, she has a desire to learn how to read and believes that the information and ideas in books hold the key to saving humanity. But this side of her is too underdeveloped at this point to flesh her out much more as a character. The other characters were also rather archetypal, although I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kagawa included some important religious characters.

It was an unexpected decision to include the religion in the book, as I don't often see it as a theme in popular YA paranormal fiction and I hope it gets elaborated upon in the sequel. Kagawa presents it in a non-judgmental way that is fitting for the story. It is also pretty rare to find a devoutly religious love interest as well. I suspect he'll abandon his beliefs by the end of the series, but I sincerely hope not, because it'll be interesting to see how his beliefs play out and if/how they affect his relationships with people, particularly Allison.

Although most of the plot twists were predictable, I was engrossed in the story. There were, however, some parts that I felt could have been edited out, and I felt the book did not need to be as long as it was. The pacing was also quite uneven, most noticeably in the last third of the book. After the big climactic event, I felt like the story should have ended faster, but instead it dragged out at a weird pace. I understand the reasoning for it-- Kagawa wanted to end this book at a specific point, and she had to get to that point, even if the climax was long over-- but it definitely slowed the book down at the end.

On a final note, I want to point out that Allison is described as being Asian. Her last name suggests that she is of Japanese descent (though I'm pretty sure Sekemoto is not an actual existing Japanese surname) and she is described as having "squinty eyes" and called an "Asian doll" by other characters in the book. I am very pleased to see that Kagawa, who is of Japanese background herself, wrote a book wherein the main character is of a non-Caucasian race and I'm happy to see that Harlequin Teen published it. I'm even ecstatic that Allison's characterization doesn't follow any sort of Asian stereotype (for example, being demure or servile).

So, why, Harlequin Teen, did you pick a white girl to represent her on the cover?! I know book covers don't often reflect accurately on the content inside but I can't help but think that this is probably a case of deliberate whitewashing by the publisher in order to sell more books. As if we wouldn't notice that the protagonist is described as Asian as soon as we cracked the book open. Seriously.

Overall, The Immortal Rules is an enjoyable enough read. Kagawa's writing is direct and functional, with few flourishes, and makes for a solid narrative style that drives the story. However, the book doesn't really add anything to the existing number of vampire and post-apocalyptic fiction already out there but I may be speaking too soon. Kagawa's Iron Fey series wove together fairy lore and technological progress in an interesting and creative way, but these themes were developed over the course of the series and were not entirely evident in the first book. Perhaps Blood of Eden will be the same. ( )
  serru | Oct 6, 2022 |
The Immortal Rules is pretty up-front about being a vampire romance. What's less obvious at first glance is that not only is it a vampire romance, it's also a YA dystopia. And not only is it a YA dystopian vampire romance, it is a YA dystopian vampire romance with zombies. (Okay, the shambling mindless undead Rabids with their instantly-infectious bites are technically another kind of vampire, but, I mean, come on.)

And the heroine wields a katana. Because of course she does.

This being the case, The Immortal Rules had the potential to be a terrible mess of popular trends stuck together. Surprisingly, however, it manages to be a fairly cohesive and enjoyable piece of sci-fantasy. It's not perfect, but it's certainly better than the premise might lead one to expect.

Allie, the protagonist and narrator, is a strong and well-developed character, and her lifelong resentment of the vampire overclass, as it were, adds a twist to the standard oh-no-I've-become-a-monster angst. The love interest, Zeke, was less engaging--kind of blandly nice and supportive--but at least the romance subplot is fairly low-key and doesn't consume the more action-packed main plot, and there is a refreshing lack of love triangle shenanigans. (Also, I personally will take "bland nice guy" over "brooding jerk who shows his love by being an absolute tool" any day, but your mileage may vary.)

The first section of the book was well-paced with plenty of action and a general sense of urgency; the author doesn't shy away from gore or gritty details when describing Allie's hand-to-mouth and constantly endangered pre-vampire existence, which keeps the stakes feeling high. The portion depicting the newly vampiric Allie's training in her new abilities loses some of that urgency, but adds katana fight scenes, so one can't really complain. Once Allie joins up with Zeke's group of Eden-seeking pilgrims, things slow down considerably and there are stretches of not much happening. The pace does pick up again towards the end, though.

The worldbuilding did a pretty good job of fusing the vampire/zombie/dystopia elements in a way that made sense, and nothing stood out to me as memorably stupid, out-of-place, or straining credibility.

The Immortal Rules is perhaps not an amazing or groundbreaking book--there's not much here you haven't seen before, it's just in unusual combinations. And it does have its flaws, primarily in the pacing and the lukewarm romance. But all things considered, it's a solid, fun read for people who enjoy vampires, dystopias, and/or action heroines cutting zombies' heads off with swords. ( )
  xenoglossy | Aug 17, 2022 |
I love Julie Kagawa and this series has been sitting on my shelf. I heard it was a bit bloody, and at parts it was, but not gory. It reminded me of a Twilight/Walking Dead mash up where the vamp is one tough sword wielding chick and the dead are rabid vamps sneaking out of the ground to get you.

I can't wait to start book#2! ( )
  ElizaTilton | Nov 5, 2021 |
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Fantasy. Romance. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

To Survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness...

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies...and becomes one of the monsters. Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend??a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what??and who??is worth dying for...again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

WHAT IF HAVING A CHANCE TO SAVE HUMANITY MEANT BECOMING what you hate and fear MOST?

civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what??and who??is worth dying for...again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable dystopian jo

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