“You are a monster.” Kanin’s deep voice droned in my head again, as I forced myself to move, to walk away. “You will always be a monster—there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you.”
What would you do to survive?
Would you steal or scavenge for food?
Would you eat roaches or rats?
Would you betray your friends?
Would you swallow your pride?
Would you become the one thing you hate the most?
Would you become a vampire?
In a world where humans are cattle for vampire, a person has two choices, to be registered as a “blood donor” to vampires in exchange for food and the right to live, or to be unregistered and fight daily to get food, shelter and live.
Allison Sakemoto was unregistered, she was part of a gang of scavengers until the day she was attacked by a rabid vampire, she was dying but Kanin, a vampire, offered her the choice to die or become a vampire, to become the thing she hates the most.
“I wished I could’ve said I would rather die than become a bloodsucker. I wished I had the courage, the strength, to stick with my convictions. But in reality, when faced with death and the great unknown that came after, my survival instinct snatched wildly at whatever lifeline was offered. I didn’t want to die. Even if it meant becoming something I loathed, my nature was, first and always, to survive.”
The concept of vampires ruling the world and treating humans as food is not new, but I have to recognize that Julie Kagawa made a great job with this concept on her worldbuilding. The world’s human society decayed after a plague, scientists tried to find a cure by experimenting on vampires but utterly failed because the virus evolved and infected vampires too, making them rabid. The vampires took control of the world, dividing the territory in walled cities to keep the rabids away. But a problem remained, vampires are now facing extinction, only masters and level two can create new vampires, with a slim percentage of success. Now, everything depends on finding a cure.
Allison escaped her city and after weeks of traveling, she found a group of humans, lead by a religious man, some sort of pilgrims looking for an island called Eden, a place with no vampires and high tech. Allison join them, pretending to be a normal girl, cause you know … in the middle of nowhere, you have to find a food source. She meets Zeke, a good guy, a remarkable good guy, the kind of guy that is one in a million.
He smiled, a real one this time, though his voice remained teasing. “So, what do you think I am?” Naive, I thought at once.
Naive, brave, selfless, incredible and much too kind to survive this world. It’ll break you in the end, if you keep going like this. Good things never last.
And her journey with Zeke and the other humans is what gives Alli her humanity back, she learned to care about people, she evolved and become better, Vamp-Alli became more selfless than Human-Alli. And I think that is part of the beauty of this book, that Zeke was a positive influence to Alli, they complemented each other, they learned from each other.
Because I did care, I realized. I cared that this small, stubborn band of human beings would challenge everything in their search for a better life. I cared that they would risk rabids and starvation and horrible conditions to follow that dream and cling to hope, even if they knew, somewhere deep down, that it was impossible. I thought of Caleb and Bethany. I’d told them there would be goats in Eden. They couldn’t die now, dying of hunger or torn apart by rabids. I wanted them to succeed, to defy all odds and to make it to
the end. Could I abandon them to the very monsters that had killed me?
So … if you were expecting vampires like this:
Forget it, you’ll get:
‘Cause … this is Alli defending her people…
“No.” I smiled again, baring my fangs. “If you tell me, I won’t use you as my personal canteen until we reach Jackal’s territory. If you tell me, I won’t snap both your arms and other leg like twigs, drag you around until you’re a limp sack and dump you on the road for the rabids to find. If you tell me, the worst I’ll do is leave you here to die as you please. Actually, I’m feeling kind of hungry now…”
So … what are you waiting for … ???
IMMORTAL RULES IS A MUST READ