To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for again.
Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.
The Immortal Rules was instantly a favorite. I knew that as soon as I started reading it. This was the second Julie Kagawa book that I’ve read, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.. but more on that later. In The Immortal Rules, we follow Allison, who lives in a world where vampires practically rule. Humans must get tokens for food rations and donate blood every month. People who do this aren’t even guaranteed safety though-just food. At night, rabid vampires could still come and snatch you up. Humans who don’t abide by these rules must try and survive under the radar-humans like Allison.
In this world, a new virus has begun to spread. This causes vampires and humans to become rabid. This is why new vampires aren’t always created anymore. Most of the vampires could be carriers of this disease and they’d just cause more problems for the world. Even animals can become rabids. Rabids are like diseased vampires. They don’t think or realize that they’re alive anymore, like normal vampires.
Allison lives with her crew in the old abandoned school. She isn’t in charge, though she does help scavenge for food quite often. One day, after food rations became pretty low and hope seemed lost, Allison decided to venture out. She went farther than she should’ve… past the wall, where most of the rabids run free. The thing is, Allison knows how to be safe, so she survived, no problem. Allison ended up finding a whole lot of food in an underground hideout, so she goes back to the school and gets the rest of the crew to join in. They decide that there’s no time like the present, so they go out and search. Even Stick goes, a guy in the group who’s kind of a wee bit of a sissy.
After finally making it to the hideout, everyone begins grabbing food fast, as they began hearing noises outside. Everyone takes a run for it, but not everyone makes it back. Not even Allison. The thing is, Allison is given a choice between life or death by this vampire named Kanin. Of course, Allison being the survivalist that she is, chose to become a vampire. From then on, she became Kanin’s responsibility as she learned to become a vampire. At one point, both Kanin and Allison end up separated, so Allison joins a fellow group of humans that she found. The thing is, how long can she keep up the act of being human before it’s too late?
“I would not suffer anyone to endure the path I walk. My road must always be traveled alone.”
“My emotions still held a stubborn hope that humans could be loyal, that they could hold out against the promise of an easy life. But I knew better.”
“Sometime in your life, Alison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. Accidentally or as a conscious, deliberate act. It is unavoidable. The question is not if it will happen, but when.”
“There will come a time when man is no longer concerned only with survival, when he will once more be curious as to who came before him, what life was like a thousand years ago, and he will seek out answers for a hundred years or so, but humans’ curiosity has always driven them to find answers.”
“And sometimes, hope is the only thing that gets us through the day.”
“The closer you got to someone, the more it would destroy you when they were inevitably gone.”
“You don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, you just move on.”
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