The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Harlequin Teen, Pub date: 2012. Pages: 451
Found on the Young Adult shelves at KAGAWA
If you’re looking for a heartfelt romance between a handsome, mysterious, dark haired vampire and a wide-eyed teenager you’ve come to the wrong place. Sorry guys and gals you won’t find a sparkly vampire in this series.
Plot Summary : The Immortal Rules is set in a dystopian world where the ‘Red Lung’ virus has taken hold of the world, infecting humans, animals and vampires alike. Vampires have created cities or colonies within high walls to keep out the rabids – infected creatures that seek only to kill and destroy anything with a heartbeat.
Within these cities live both humans and vampires. Food is scarce and to survive the humans are required to donate blood to the vampires and in return they are allowed to live and are fed barely enough to keep them from dying of starvation. But not every human agrees this is right.
On the fringe of the city is where the ‘unregistered’ humans live. This is where ‘Allie’- the main character of this book- lives. Life on the fringe is anything but glamorous every day is a struggle. Every morning Allie wakes up and spends the day hunting for food to survive.
One day, on a hunting trip gone wrong, Allie gets attacked by rabids. A stranger saves her from the attack but Allie’s injuries are too much and she will surely die. But Allie is offered a choice by the stranger, die or become the monster she hates.
The Immortal Rules follows the story of Allie, a newly turned vampire, who is struggling to hold onto the last shreds of humanity she has left.
In a turn of events Allie is now travelling with a group of humans who are searching for ‘Eden’ searching for the cure to the ‘Red lung’ virus.
Comment : This is one of the best books I have read in a while. I was captivated by this story by the first few pages and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it (then of course I was waiting for the next instalment- which was equally fantastic). If you haven’t already read this book I suggest you get down to the library and borrow it!
Reviewed by : Rebekah