Review: The Immortal Rules
The book is divided into four parts, following Allie's evolution and the progression of her story. From her life as a scavenger, to her lessons as a new vampire, to her attempt to find a new life away from the only home she has ever known.
One of my biggest complaints among the YA books I have read is that the heroines are so often naive, overly innocent, vapid, or lovestruck. Allie is none of those. She is a survivor. And she makes no apologies for it. She adapts; she is resourceful. But in a world where most of the humans have lost their humanity, she has not... and she somehow manages to maintain that humanity even after she becomes a vampire. It's made all the more-compelling by the fact that her nature, her instinct, fights against her conscience. It would be easy to make her all good or all bad, but she isn't. She struggles; sometimes she falls; but she ultimately refuses to give in to the inevitability of becoming a monster.
There's a strong cast of supporting characters, all three dimensional and richly drawn. Like the vampire Kanin who transforms Allison and teaches her how to survive. Or Zeke, the kind, almost-love interest, trying to help lead a ragtag group of humans to a new life. Their interactions with Allie help shape her, and I am just as interested in how their futures play out as I am in hers.
The world building is very well done too. I found it easy to fall into it from the very beginning, yet new layers are continually uncovered as the story unfolds. It's a pretty bleak existence, but it's that contrast that allows us to see just how special people like Allie and Zeke really are.
I liked it a lot. And I will definitely read The Eternity Cure.
*ARC Provided by Harlequin Teen
The Immortal Rulesby Julie KagawaRelease Date: April 24, 2012Publisher: Harlequin Teen