The Immortal Rules

The Immortal Rules

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In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire 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 is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who--is worth dying for.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 150 x 206 x 43mm | 599g
  • Don Mills, Ont., Canada
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0373210515
  • 9780373210510
  • 165,459

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"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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About Julie Kagawa

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at
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70,294 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (23,306)
3 16% (11,506)
2 5% (3,575)
1 3% (2,210)

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It may seem like there is no point in me reviewing The Immortal Rules since there are already so many reviews out there, but I feel like I need to write this just to remind you how amazing this book is, or if you still haven't read it, to remind you that this is the book you don't want to miss! Right from the start, you get hooked on The Immortal Rules. The fact that I read this book of 485 pages in one sitting, tells you a lot! As soon as you start reading the book, you are introduced to the amazing world Julie Kagawa created. We meet Allie who lives in the Fringe, outer circle of the city, New Covington, ruled by Vampires. Allie is 'unregistered' which means she basically doesn't exist, thus has no right on food. While she scavenges for food during the day, she hides during the night from bloodthirsty creatures whom she despises. When her group is attacked by rabids during food hunt one day, Allie almost dies, but a vampire named Kanin saves her and offers her to turn her into a vampire or just let her die. Allie chooses the first option, and becomes a Vampire. She is forced to leave the city, all alone. After a while she joins a group of people who are looking for Eden, a supposed city that is not ruled by Vampires, but she has to pass as a human. The beginning of The Immortal Rules is very dynamic. A lot of things happen and also most of the worldbuilding is done in the beginning. After that comes Allies journey and the pacing goes from fast to really slow, and for some people this won't be a good thing. Personally, I didn't mind the change as I saw the importance of it. We see how Allie struggles with who she became, her bloodthirst and the way she has to live her life now. We also get to know her much better and this is the point where I realized how awesome character she is. One of the people in the group who took Allie in, is Ezekiel, or Zeke - the love interest. He is just the sweetest guy, a genuinely nice person. I don't think it is possible not to like him. The romance wasn't put in the first plan, and that's another thing I really liked. You don't even get to meet Zeke until you're half way through. Julie Kagawa took her time to set things straight, build the world and then she added a bit of romance. Just the way I like it. There's not much left to say, but know, that you just HAVE TO READ The Immortal Rules. But be warned and prepare yourself, have The Eternity Cure ready for reading, because after the cliffhanger in The Immortal Rules, you will NEED TO start with the second book right away!show more
by Anatea
This was way better than I ever expected it to be! Most YA vampire books just don't really speak to me, they're all like Twilight in my opinion. Not that there's anything really wrong with Twilight, I just really get annoyed with shiny vampires after a while. This book took me back to the days of reading about vampires that kick ass and are not nice. I appreciate that. The setting of this book is in a dystopian world ruled by vampires. A horrible disease broke out 60 years in the past, called The Red Lung, and killed off quite a bit of Earth's population. In an attempt to cure the disease scientists accidentally created a creature called the Rabid. It's kind of like a zombie, but not really, though it is a dead reanimated human that wants to tear your face off. I have to admit the past few night after reading these books I've been a bit paranoid about seeing these things in real life outside at night. Yeah the book got to me that much. This doesn't happen often. There was a definite creepy factor here which is awesome. Character Summaries: Allie: Hardcore, strong, beautiful, defiant, passionate, caring. I loved this character. Any katana wielding girl vampire wins in my mind. Stick: I wouldn't even mention him, but I have to, because I've never HATED a character so much in my life. I literally wanted to reach into the pages and reamed his scrawny little neck for being such a parasitic little idiot. Kanin: I love Kanin, he's got that vampire nonchalant quality to him. But deep down you can tell he cares about people, and that he has some kind of passion. Zeke: It took me a bit to like this guy. He's a bit naive in his beliefs, but damn his he handsome. Ruth: Want. To. Stab. Her. That is all. Though props for what she does to save her brother. Jeb: Reminds me of the other cult leaders of the world, but in the end I liked him. Caleb: Such an adorable little boy. I just want to scoop him up and squeeze him. Now on to the actual story itself. Allie is a Fringer, she lives with other Fringers who are Unregistered. This means that they don't really 'exist' in their society, they refuse to fall under vampire rule. They still live in the city, but they are not very welcomed and have to scavenge for their supplies. Allie has a very strong personality and she's a strong willed girl when it comes down to it. She can defend herself, takes care of herself, and has survived this long without the help of others. On the day that she decides to lead her group out into the Ruins to find the food storage she previously ran into, her whole world is just ripped apart. Turning into a vampire, the very things she loathes was not in the plans. It's very interesting to see how she struggles with being a vampire, yet trying to maintain some sort of humanity. The inner struggle she has with her Hunger is probably one of the most interesting parts of this book. I have to mention Kanin here, even though he isn't present during a lot of the book. I love the whole fatherly vampire character. You can just tell that deep down in there somewhere Kanin really does care about Allie. I also had a slight little fictional character crush going on with him. I really hope the next book has a lot more Kanin in it! When Allie has to take off on her own she runs into a group of humans looking for this place called Eden. At first I was a little irritated with the religious references, but I quickly got over that. There are far too many interesting points made about the beliefs these humans have, and what Eden really is. It's very interesting to me from a religious studies type of standpoint. I really loved the group dynamic of the humans that Allie travels with. The development of the characters is so well done it just adds to the surreal feeling I got while reading this book. Julie's writing style is perfect in my opinion it wasn't too overly descriptive but just right. The story was face paced to me, though others have complained about the length and how hard it was for them to get into it. I never had this problem, the story sucked me in. Maybe that's because I'm used to reading really long books, I'm not sure. I give this book 5 inky black hearts! I loved it, and I can not keep my mind out of the world that Julie created! I keep seeing Rabids coming at me in my dreams. Ugh. Seriously though, you want a good vampire book? Go out and read this!show more
by Erica Nicholas
The Immortal Rules is an awesome mix of The Road & The Passage and I am Legend. No, I am not comparing, that isn't the case. What I am trying to say is that the world Julie Kagawa has created is one that tests human nature to its limits and brings out the best and worst of humanity. This story has awesome characters, fantastic plot and an outstanding writing style that will leave you craving for more. This isn't your typical vampire love story; if you are looking for a Bell/Edward sort of situation, this isn't the book for you. This story is set in a post-apocalyptic US where humans have succumb to a virus that have threaten to destroy humanity and vampires alike. The plot is intense, enticing & engaging. It comes all together in a story that will keep you glued to the pages and you will not want to put it down. Mrs. Kagawa is able to create a world in which humans are considered cattle; their importance is that of an animal and a source of food. This is a story of survival, love, change & adaptability. I can safely say that the complexity of this story is what makes it different and amazing. I have yet to read a YA novel with the intensity level of The Immortal Rules. If you think The Passage, The Road & I am legend were amazing stories, then you will love The Immortal Rules. The characters in the story are complex, mature & unique. Their interaction flows easily and their personality makes them intriguing. These characters are emotional, witty and caring. I totally love Allison and Zeke. It is easy to fall in-love with these two characters. Their nature brings them together but their differences push them apart. Mrs. Kagawa did a great job developing these characters; she is able to bring together all these characters that somehow complement one another. Their importance and relevance to the story are unique, each bringing the necessary spark and uniqueness that makes this story fantastic. Great read, I highly recommend it!show more
by Maggie Katz
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is what I would define as a vampire, post-apocalyptic, survival-horror. Set in a world where the human population has been decimated by a plague and the attempts of a cure. Human beings have been reduced to becoming bottom links on a food chain that leads up to soulless vampires and the devolved rapids. There is no democracy, no human Government, and no civil society; what once was has now become a country filled with ghost towns and walled up cities where vampires rule the streets and rapids roam the outer wilderness. Alison Sekemoto is an unregistered inhabitant of the vampire city New Covington. She, like almost every one of her generation, is an orphan and the only family she has are the boys in her group of invisibles who survive by stealing and foraging for anything that aids in their survival. And however hard life was for Alison and her group before it's getting harder as food becomes scarcer, winter approaches, and rumors spread of the vampires locking down the city. A problem Alison had miraculously found a solution to, but one that quickly leads to tragedy and Alison dead. The Immortal Rules is a story starkly different from Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series in both plot and format. Where the protagonist of The Iron King (the first novel in the Iron Fey series) had a clear set objective from the very beginning - save her kidnapped brother, Alison's story does not have a clear narrative path for the reader to follow, at least not until midway through the book. I had no problem with this for the majority of the novel because I prefer character-centric stories and the story of The Immortal Rules was mainly about Alison - her struggles of balancing what she is with who she was. "The shadows lengthened like grasping fingers, sliding over the ground." Julie Kagawa's writing style, constantly filled with vivid descriptions, always did a great job with unfolding the mood for a scene or setting, especially when it came to tense moments or action scenes and trust me this is a book brimming with action. Unfortunately, in spite of all of these highlights I can't give The Immortal Rules a perfect rating because despite me loving Alison's character and being intrigued by her vampire mentor Kanin I couldn't connect or care about the other characters in the story. To me they were all mainly just there to fill a role so when it came to moments that should have gained reactions out of me I was just reading quickly to move onto the next scene despite how engrossing the current one should be. So overall, if you want an action-packed novel about a strong, kick-ass heroine then pick up The Immortal Rules but don't except to fall in love with ensemble of characters or to shed a tear over more
by Sandy
About sixty years after Red Lung, a deadly virus killed off most of the world's human population, vampires rule the world. The few humans left are considered blood cattle to them. Registereds are well fed and protected from rogue vamps and other dangers while Unregistereds are half starved barely living on the fringes of societies. While the registereds live a privileged life it also has it's draw backs, they must give blood. Being unregistered means that they don't have to give blood, but it also means you are unprotected from danger. Allison Sekemoto is one of the unregistereds, living in an abandoned school building, with her friends. She has had a hard life. Hunger is nothing new to her. Allison doesn't just sit there and take it though, while out on a scavenging for food, she finds a whole basement full of food. Going back to get the food means Allison and her gang must go through the rabid infested ruins, but it's a risk they're willing to take and it costs them their lives. Lying on the ground dying a mysterious vampire named Kanin finds her. He gives her a choice, a quick death or to become like him, an immortal. Allison has always hated vampires, for what they are, what they've done, everything about them, but she doesn't want to give up either. Once she becomes the thing she hates most, a monster, she fights to hold onto her humanity, struggles with the demon that threatens to overpower her. Kanin is a good teacher, although cold, secretive and standoffish, he has his reasons. He teaches Allie what it takes to survive as a vampire. But Allison's time with Kanin is short lived. She soon has to leave. She comes across Zeke and his small band of traveling humans. In their quest to find Eden, a city without the threat of vampires or rabids. From the first page I was drawn into Julie's world. The characters of the book are amazing. Allie was strong and afraid of nothing. She was a fighter. Zeke was sweet, caring and compassionate. The vampires in this book were terrifying and bloodthirsty (think 30 days of Night) and the rabids were horrifying (I thought of The Descend). I love dystopian and I love vampires so for me this was one of my favorites of 2012. Beg, burrow or steal (well not steal) this book because you will want to read it! Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin Teen!show more
by Sarah
Julie Kagawa is amazing. She reeled me in with her Iron Fey series, even though I wouldn't have been a great fan of faery books. I read great reviews for that series and I had to give it a shot, and I love it. It has become one of my favourite series. And I now have a new favourite to add to my list, The Blood of Eden series. When I heard that Julie was writing a vampire series, I was excited to see her take on vampires. And I wasn't disappointed, she did an amazing job. Allie (Allison) is an unregistered. She is unknown to the vampires who run the city and treat humans like blood cattle. Because she's not on the system, she doesn't have to attend the blook bank to give regular donations but that also means that she doesn't get any food stamps. She lives in the Fringe where she has to scavenge for food. When she is attacked by the rabids, and on the brink of death, she is given a choice by a vampire, Kanin. He can let her die from her attack, and maybe turn into a rabid, or he can change her into a vampire. Ultimately, still killing her. She chooses to live after death and become a vampire, one of the monsters she detests so much, because when it comes to it, she doesn't want to die. Kanin teachers her the vampire history and how to fight and live as a vampire. When they find themselves being chased down by vampires from the city, she must separate from Kanin and make her way on her own. This is how she meets a group of humans who are searching for a better place, called Eden. They believe her to be human and invite her to join their group. She travels with them, and vows to protect them. To hold onto her humanity and not become the monster she is destined to be. Allie is an amazing character, a hero I would say. She cares so much and wants to help even those who hate her for what she is. Even as a human, she looked after the weaker in her group. She will risk her own life for others. Her strength of character is clear as we see her fight her inner monster throughout the book. I really took to Kanin. He was a dark, brooding vampire with a heart. I am hoping he is making a comeback in the second book. The love interest, Zeke, is such a sweetie. And yet, he is tough and brave when the need arises. He is second in command to the group, under his stepfather Jeb. He has a fantastic manner for dealing with the group and has all their best interests at heart. The romance was written really well. No love triangle.....but as I loved Kanin so much I had a bit of one going on in my head because Zeke was so lovable too lol. Julie once again does a fantastic job of the world building. Her descriptions are so good, you can literally visualise yourself there. I would give this book a 5+ star rating as I couldn't fault anything about it. I absolutely loved the story line and I can't wait for the next instalment in this more
by Suzanne Finnegan
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