From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Having been kicked out of Eden, the last stronghold of free humans, teen vampire Allie makes a journey to find her creator, Kanin, who is suffering under the not-so-tender care of utterly psychotic Sarren. As she travels the bleak, dystopian landscape, she reconnects with her wise-cracking, cynical "blood brother," Jackal; her former friend turned bitter enemy, Stick; and her human love, Zeke, whom she left behind in Eden. Allie, Jackal, and Zeke all have their own reasons for wanting to find Kanin and Sarren, so they join in an uneasy alliance to search for the cure for a new and even more virulent strain of Red Lung, the disease that decimated most of humanity. There is plenty of violence and gore, and enough shifting alliances, hidden motives, and romantic angst to keep fans of the previous book, The Immortal Rules (Harlequin, 2012), satisfied. Kagawa leaves readers hanging while they wait for the next book in this intense and thought-provoking series.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This anticipated sequel to The Immortal Rules (2012) sustains the first volume’s intense pacing, vibrant action, and high-tension drama. Allison, along with her despised vampire “brother” Jackal, seeks their creator, Kanin, in hopes of solving the mystery of the virus that is responsible for both the vampires and the rabids that are hunting them with increasing ferocity and driving them into the sewers, where they encounter the cannibalistic mole men. Kagawa does not shy away from descriptions of torture and cruelty, but Allison is a fierce heroine in both her determination and actions. Her strained relationship with human Zeke is revisited, deepened, and used as a significant plot hinge that should have readers begging for the third volume in the Blood of Eden series. Despite periodic melodrama, this is infused with the moral dilemmas of a society on the brink of destruction, and stocked with continually developing characters whose reactions to these questions are complex and distinct. This series stands out among both its vampire and dystopian contemporaries. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Kagawa scored a hit with the series opener, and major print and online ads, conference promotions, and more should work to make this do likewise. Grades 7-10. --Heather Booth