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The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden) Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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Gr 8 Up-In Kagawa's postapocalyptic dystopia, vampires reign. Allison Sekemoto, 17, and her unregistered gang live in the shabby Fringe of New Covington while vampires rule the Inner City with their human pets, drinking blood donated by their Registered subjects. Unregistered humans roam without meal tickets or the Prince's protection, prone to arbitrary violence and starvation. In an act of desperation, Allie and her friends venture into the rabid-infested ruins surrounding the city in search of ancient, abandoned food hoards. As clouds roll in heavy with rain, the troupe is ambushed by rabids (Red Lung-infected vampires) and all are brutally murdered. Lying ravaged with death fast approaching, Allie accepts an unexpected offer of immortality from Kanin, joining the blood-sucking race that destroyed her family. His guidance and Allie's defiance clash with the vampire's ugly past, leaving her to wander a land swarming with rabids in search of a cure for Rabidism and her own Vampirism. The zealous heroine's characterization as an anarchist and independent thinker resonates along with classic YA themes of identity and belonging. Her ironic romance with a young man named Ezekiel adds a softer tone to a dynamic and perilous quest. Kagawa devotees can expect lots of bloody carnage in the upcoming movie, as "The Blood of Eden" series has already been optioned by Palomar Pictures.-Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Allie is a terrific heroine-tough, pragmatic, yet sympathetic-and readers will be hungry to see where her story goes. Kagawa wraps excellent writing and skillful plotting around a well-developed concept and engaging characters, resulting in a fresh and imaginative thrill-ride that deserves a wide audience.
-- *Starred* Publishers Weekly review
"Action packed, rife with drama and moral
quandaries, and laced with an impossible romance, this first in the Blood of Eden series will hit the mark
with readers who like some supernatural in their dystopias and don't mind a bloody sword fight." -- Booklist
"Allie's a smart, strong and compelling heroine, and readers will gladly join her for this adrenaline-rich ride."
-- Kirkus Reviews
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Not THE IMMORTAL RULES.
Allison Sekemoto is a human living in a city ruled by vampires. A wall separates them from zombies ("rabids") roaming just outside the city limits. There are two kinds of humans in Allie's world: those that go willingly as feudal slaves and get fed in exchange for the tithes of their blood, and those who live off the grid, forced to scavenge in the ruins of civilization for food, shelter, and comfort. Allie was a member of the latter group, until a terrible accident results in her near-death, and she's forced to become what she hates in order to survive.
It's difficult to say too much more without spoiling anything, and this is a book that really should be read knowing as little as possible. In a way, it's a lot like ANGELFALL, in the sense that it's a post-apocalyptic world filled with paranormal characters, and a butt-kicking Asian girl who wields a sword. I actually like THE IMMORTAL RULES a lot better, though, as Allie is far more likable, the world-building is much more consistent, and the love interests - Ezekiel and, I suspect, Kanin - are much nicer, and more interesting, than the angel dude was in ANGELFALL.
I really can't wait to read the next book (which I own- what would I do if I didn't? Cry, probably). I'm really, really trying hard to be rational and explain my love for this book without spoiling the story or screaming nonsensically in all caps, and it's SO HARD, oh my god. The heroes and villains were handled with equal care, and the world was convincingly grim. I read this pretty much in a single sitting, putting it down only to eat, drink, and occasionally rest my eyes. This is such a good story and if you're a fan of dystopian novels like THE HUNGER GAMES or vampires, you should read this.
5 out of 5 stars
I was so wrong.
Kagawa brings an entirely different plot to the many, many vampire books that have saturated the market. Is there a romance? Yes, but barely and it certainly isn’t the focus of the book. Are there vampires? Yes, of course, but although she has kept many of the standard vampire themes, the world itself is completely different.
No, I’m not going to tell you how. Spoilers are not your friend. You really will have to read it for yourself.
I will share one passage that I got a kick out of. It’s almost a throwaway part, but because I know the traditional vampire tropes, it struck me as funny.
“At one point, I stepped in something soft like mud, and looked up to see the ceiling crawling with what looked like hundreds of winged mice. I didn’t mention this to Zeke as we hurried forward, though for some bizarre reason I felt a strange kinship with the tiny grotesque creatures.”
And no, she can’t turn into a bat and fly away . . . at least not in this book.
I am a high school librarian and I really only read this book so I could discuss it with my students. I never intended to read the sequels. Well, I am now. I have to know what happens to Zeke, Ally, and the rest of the characters. Some of them I want to be sure survive and others I want to make sure DIE!
I am so glad the next two books are already published. I would hate to have to wait to find out.
This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Had I come across The Immortal Rules on my own, chances are that I would not have purchased it due to a few key elements: YA, vampire, love story, dystopian future. I've read too many not-great things with similar elements to want to seek them out any longer. However, one of my lovely readers inadvertently recommended this book to me, stating that if someone liked The Immortal Rules, they would like my little book. Naturally, I had to see for myself.
I'm SO glad I did! You know how some stories stay with you even after you read the final word? Yeah, this is one of them. The story is told from the POV of Allison, a 19 year-old girl living in a "vampire city," surviving by the skin of her teeth in a brutal, dystopian future. Events occur, and she is transformed into the thing she hates most of all: a vampire. More events occur, and she finds herself trying to blend in with a small band of human pilgrims searching for their promised land.
The characters feel genuine, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, goals and attitudes. I loved Allison, our narrator. She was scrappy, smart, and almost painfully pragmatic at times, (I mean that in a good way!), but she grew and developed as the story progressed. Kanin, Allison's vampire "teacher," was fascinating in a cold, almost Spock-like manner. (I won't say more for fear of spoilers. ;) Zeke, the "love interest" of the story, has his own agenda and his own arc, which is beautifully done. His and Allison's friendship-turned-relationship had me wringing my hands, dying to know "what happens next?!"
A big part of this story revolves around Allison learning to control the "demon" within, ie: the predatory vampire. Zeke plays a huge role in that. It's lovely - in a sort of heartbreaking way - to watch Allison struggle with her conflicting "hungers."
For the most part, the baddies in the story are slightly one-dimensional, but I think it's because they don't get much screen time. There is a very gray character named Jeb who could be considered an antagonist at times, though his motives are clear and completely understandable. Most villains think they are the heroes of their own stories anyway. I wouldn't call Jeb an antagonist, per say; he's much more nuanced than that. In any case, he was intriguing to watch. (Though there were times I wanted to smack him!)
Moving onto the worldbuilding, I was riveted by the descriptions of this bleak future, where a "rabid virus" has knocked out the majority of the human population. So, not only do vampires want to eat humans, but former-humans-turned-rabid also want to eat humans. I liked the third party angle; it wasn't just "vampires vs. humans." That conflict brought more depth to the story and the characters, and made for some exciting reading.
Kagawa's take on vampires was fantastic. She blended a mix of common legends and some of (I believe) her own ideas to create something fresh, interesting, and wholly believable. (I'm already writing fanfiction in my head!)
WRT the audiobook, Therese Plummer did a phenomenal job, not just with Allison's voice, but with every voice - even the men. (That can be hit or miss, sometimes.) I particularly loved the resonance in Kanin's dialog.
Overall, I could tell that so much love, care, and devotion went into this work. It was a joy to read. (Or...listen to, I guess!) Do yourself a favor and read this book!
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