To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darknessI stumbled upon this series on accident; I requested The Forever Song, on Netgalley, without realizing that it was part of a series, Blood of Eden. Once I realized and read the reviews on Goodreads for this series, I decided I had to read it. I immediately purchased The Immortal Rules and have since purchased the second novel as well, so... well played, Netgalley and Harlequin Teen.
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. @Goodreads
This book was released in 2011, and is therefore considered old news to most avid YA dystopian fans. I don't have much to say about it that hasn't already been said. This post is to drive awareness to this series -- it's really good. If you haven't heard of it, this is what you need to know:
Dystopian. Vampires that are monsters, not beautiful, sparkling beings. Zombies (called rabids). Strong female lead. Great writing. Excellent world-building, and viable explanations on as to how the world ended. Fast-paced. Masterfully detailed. And as far as I'm concerned, insanely underrated. I had never heard of this series until a few days ago!
There are some religious undertones throughout, but they did not offend my heathen sensibilities.
I'd actually give this novel 4.5 stars, but since I was lazy and didn't make half graphics, I'll round up.