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Blood Rules (A Novel of the Bloodlands) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2011
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Christine Cody returns with Blood Rules the second installment of her Bloodlands series and hits a stumble in her stride. While I thought Bloodlands was interesting for the mix of genres Blood Rules gets bogged down by an overly taylored world. Sure the whole wild west meets a dystopian post apocalyptic sci-fi world sounds cool and was for a while but it just got to be too much. Everything was so stylized it was starting to sound like a bad science fiction flick. There were these complex descriptions of future technology that bored me. Way too much filler. The whole book felt flat. There was quite a bit of action toward the end but it was too little too late by then.
With an increasingly strange world and even stranger storyline Blood Rules is the kind of book you put down and have a hard time picking it back up.
There's a lot of tension between Gabriel and Mariah. Mariah still cares for him, but she knows he dislikes her at the moment. But Gabriel is still trying to fight his feelings for Mariah. After learning what she did, it cuts him deep, yet feelings for her are still there. He doesn't know what to do.
The pacing of this one was okay I guess. Mariah and Gabriel venture out trying to find the person who knows the cure to weres, but what they don't know is that Stamp is on their tail. He's after all the weres involved in the battle from last time around and he's out for vengeance and won't stop til they're all dead. Mariah and Gabriel have no idea the kind of trouble they're about to get themselves into. Plenty of action and danger.
There's some shockers towards the end of this book, and what makes things a little confusing is that I can't fully comprehend where the storyline is headed. The next one, In Blood we Trust, I believe is the last one. After finishing the book, I just feel like I don't know what Mariah and Gabriel will do next. There's a vague idea on the horizon, but will that be the main part of the next book?
I just didn't enjoy this as completely as I did the first one. Bloodlands had some surprises and fun twists. You really never knew what was going to happen next! This one, while it had some surprises, just didn't have that same excitement. It was still a decent read I suppose, but not as good as the first book.
Overall rating 3/5 stars
BLOOD RULES, the second book in the trilogy, picks up shortly after the ending of BLOODLANDS. Mariah and Gabriel are stuck in an uncomfortable situation mixed with guilt, desire, confusion, and resentment. It's a very tenuous relationship that really comes to life through the shifting POV's from each character. I only wish more of the story had stayed focused on them and more progress had been made towards a resolution or otherwise a complete break between them.
Once again the worldbuilding in the Bloodlands series continues to impress and astound. We get to movie beyond the little shapeshifter community we met in BLOODLANDS and venture out into the ravaged post-apocalyptic America. New horrors are revealed like the asylums where shifters are experimented on and studied, we learn about indentured water slaves who sell themselves for the precious liquid, and travel to the necropolis where individuals who were disfigured and wracked by the diseases that rose up when the world broke live in isolation from the `Healthies'.
But as impressive as the worldbuilding continues to be, what I appreciated most about BLOOD RULES is the mythology development. Werewolves, vampires, mutated creatures, and all manor of shifters from deer to Gila monsters aren't just explained away by vague references to magic or freak side effects of the planetary changes.Read more ›
Mariah hopes to control the beast. She travels the American wasteland where water is the most precious commodity. At the same time she enters a dead zone necropolis of the diseased and meets 562, a former government Shredder Johnson Stamp who stalks the Were and Vamps with one mission: kill them.
This exhilarating return to the post-apocalyptic American Bloodlands is a super action-packed entry as readers will ponder just who the monsters are. Angst-laden with Mariah feeling guilty for some of her deeds and Subject 562 seeking redemption of sorts, fans will enjoy this exciting thriller. Rotating perspective mostly between Mariah, Gabriel and Stamp, readers will see how the trio agree that Christine Cody's color of choice is a gory landscape from sea to bloody sea.