Review: The Immortal Rules

The Immortal Rules
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the new series of Julie Kagawa. Her Iron Fey series, which was wonderful, still is ongoing (yeh!), but this is a real departure from that world. Although I tend not to be a vampire fan, since it was by Julie, I thought I’d take a chance, and was pleasantly surprised. Our young heroine, Alison, is a scrounger, living in the Fringe of a vampire city, after a plague, called the Red Lung, decimated the world’s population. Within this city (and there are others like it), is a master vampire, the vamps under him, their human pets and slaves, and the Registereds – those who come and “donate” blood once a month. Alison is unregistered. When her mother fell ill a few years ago, and couldn’t make her monthly donations, they came and took what was owed, which left her too weak to fight off the infection, and she died. Alison has never seen a vampire, and only knows her own existence – scrounging for food as an unregistered, since she refuses to register, as her mother died from it, and trying to stay off everyone’s radar, including the rabids, humans who were products of experiments to stop the Red Lung plague that went horribly wrong. One day Alison ventures to far out, beyond the city walls, into the ruins, where she went illegally looking for scraps of leftover canned food from Before. She is set upon by a gang of rabids, along with her friends. Two are killed outright, one she hopes escapes, while she is left to fight them all, but they prove too much and she succumbs. Then out of the darkness, someone leans over and asks her if she wants to live or die – to die, now, and he would make sure she didn’t turn rabid, or to live, but to leave all she knows behind – to become a vampire. She has a desperate will to survive and so she chooses the latter, but it’s not an easy road. The book details her struggles with remorse, human compassion, training, and learning what it means to be a vampire in this future dystopian world, and then setting out to find a life for herself, meeting up with a band of humans, bound for Eden, a place where there are no vampires they say. The first book in the series, it promises to be be a good, solid entry into the vampire lore, since they are neither all bad, nor “I’m just like you, but I drink from the blood bank.” These vamps are real – they have to drink from humans although they don’t have to kill them, but sometimes the Hunger is too strong…

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