The Immortal Rules: Blood of Eden Book One by Julie Kagawa
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Length: 14 hours 12 minutes
Genre: Young Adult/ Dystopian
Book Description: 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.
My Review: Okay, I had my doubts. I’ll admit that up front. This story felt funny when I started to listen to it. Not funny as in amusing but as in not quite right. I was, however, wrong. As the story progressed I wondered if it was not quite right on purpose.
As the story went on it felt like we were kept on edge for a reason. This entire story hinges on our understanding of Allison, what she’s been through and how we think she’ll handle the situations she’s in. This is the very thing that I loved about Awakening Foster Kelly. Both of these authors allowed the characters motivation to guide the plot. It wasn’t the other way around and I think that approach allows amazing things to happen.
The narrator did a great job. At first I thought her voice was too old to be Allison, but as the book went on I noticed that it wasn’t the narrators voice that was out of place. Allison was out of place. She doesn’t have the same struggles that a normal seventeen year old would have. She’s worried about finding food and that is a running theme in this book.
This book takes place in a future where vampires rule. A virus has devastated the human and vampire races alike. Not all humans are willing to be ruled though. Some prefer to live off the grid and live a very rough life. Not that the life of a registered is a walk in the park but at least that way there is a chance for food. Allison is an unregistered. She lives on the fringe. She and her little gang of unregistered brethren spend each day looking for food and things they can trade for food. This very problem is what leads to trouble for her. She goes out to find food and by out I mean out to where the monsters roam free. She finds food and brings her gang back to collect it but they attract rabid vampires. Vampires didn’t die from the virus they became mindless predators. I’m not giving anything away by saying that the rabid’s attack her group and most are mortally wounded including Allison. As it happens, a vampire is passing by and he offers her a choice. She can die or he can turn her into the thing that she hates most. Interesting problem to ponder while she’s bleeding to death.
Allison chooses to live. She spends the next several months learning to be a vampire. The vampire that teaches her has secrets of his own. Dangerous secrets that almost get Allison killed for a second time. His secrets ensure that Allison will have to find her own way in the world one way or another. He says something during her training that stays with her. He tells her that she is without question a monster now but only she can choose what kind of monster she will be. That is tested when she is left on her own.
Another interesting problem arises when she’s on her own. She’s alone. Completely. She is forced to leave the city and once she’s outside the walls she doesn’t know what to do. She’s free of the vampire society that brought her so much pain in her human life but now what? She has to solve the problem of what good is immortality if you don’t have anything to live for? She remembers her makers words that she needs to go out into the world and live. She needs to become strong. She needs to learn about the world that is still out there.
Another interesting concept is when she goes up against raiders. Raiders are the bad guys. They are bloodthirsty humans who steal, destroy and cause general mayhem in the name of their vampire king. There is a scene where she comes upon some bad guys and they are shooting at her. One of the bad guys stops to reload but isn’t fast enough. I couldn’t help but think that situations is usually viewed from the other angle. It’s usually the poor guy behind the gun that we root for in movies. It was interesting to see the predator/prey relationship shifted.
I truly enjoyed listening to this book. It was well written and well preformed. I highly recommend it.
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