ISBN: 0373210515 (ISBN13: 9780373210510)
Sort: Part one of 'The immortal rules.'
Source: Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy!
Rating: 5 out of 5! Favorite.
I don't know where to begin, because I'm afraid that I am going to repeat myself over and over again about how wonderful this book is. This might be the best vampire book I've read so far and Julie made me fall in love all over again with vampires. Let me tell you more about this amazing story. I'm going to do my best to temper my love.
This book is dark. Vampires rule the world in huge cities, which are scattered all around the world. In between, there is nothing else than rabids, so you don't want to leave your city. Allison - also called Allie - lives in one of those huge cities in the Fringe and she is an Unregistered person. Together with Rat, Lucas and Stick (Stephen) she tries to stay alive. Being an Unregistered means that you don't exist, so they don't get food and shelter. On the other hand, they don't have to give their blood on blood day.
Allie must leave the walls of the city and go into the ruins to find food, otherwise they will starve. The first day, she finds a lot of food in a hidden basement, but she also meets a rabid, mole men and a vampire. Luckily for her - and us - she can escape. She will return with her group to gather the food, but that's when everything goes wrong. The rabids attack: damn, they are SO scary. During this scene, my heart went faster, because there was so much tension.
Allie saves Sticks live, but now she is dying. When the vampire she met the other day gives her the choice, she chooses to become the thing she hates most. From that moment, she is a vampire and the one who created her - Kanin - becomes her teacher. And I don't know why, but I found Kanin very attractive, haha.
“You are a monster.” Kanin’s deep voice droned in my head again, as I forced myself to move, to walk away. “You will always be a monster, there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you.”
I really liked the information Kanin gives Allie. We get to know more about the vampires and their lives. The information was well-written and it made the story complete. It helped with the amazing world building. We also find out that Kanin is not just a vampire, but a very important one and the Master of the city is looking for him. When they need to escape, Allie must leave Kanin behind and she flees outside the city into some kind of desert. He comes in the hand of Sarren, a vampire we met before and that's a creep! Oh my, he really made me feel scared.
That's when she meets a group of humans. She decides to join them and we get to know Zeke (Elezekiel). I liked most of the people in this group and they are on their way to Eden. They believe that it's a safe city where human are the rulers.
But are they able to reach Eden? Better, does Eden really exists or is it just a fairytale?
Allie is an amazing character. Perhaps one of the most believable characters I've come across this year. I really could understand why she choose to become a vampire. When you are faced with dead, I think everybody will try to escape that, even if it means that you have to become a 'monster'. She handles it very well and she is not a cry-baby. She is trying to make the best out of her situation and I admire that. She is also very brave and the fact that she keeps her human feelings is wonderful. The way Zeke and Allie are growing to each other, while she is trying to keep away from his, is nicely done. It's no instant love.
There are a lot of great side characters, something I always like in a story. There is always a certain tension in this book. When they are travelling, they always look out for the rabids. Then the Raiders pop up and you find out about Jeb's secret. There is always something happening, that's why this book never fails to grab your attention.
Yeah, you could say that I LOVE LOVE this book. And Allie fights with a Katana, how great is that? So, go to the store and buy this book! You won't regret it and believe me: this book will end before you know it and you will regret that it went so fast. I certainly can't wait for the next book. Oh, I'm still blown away. It was SO good.