Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules
The Immortal Rules



The Immortal Rules
by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden, Book 1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (dystopia)
Published by Harlequin Teen, 2012
E-book, Purchased
485 pages
Grade: C
Synopsis: 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.

“…Sometime in your life, Alison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. Accidentally or as a conscious, deliberate act. It is unavoidable. The question is not if it will happen, but when.”


  • I like Allie. She fights for everything she has. She realizes how important education is and tries to teach others to read. She treasures her books and her memories of her mother who taught her to read and read to her.
  • The vampires keeping humans as cattle is realistic.


  • Much of the book is depressing…which probably is the definition of dystopia, but I still didn’t enjoy that.
  • The book doesn’t offer much new about vampires.


  • This book reminds me a little of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I like Ms. Black’s book better.
  • This book also reminds me of some dystopian TV shows from the last couple years. There was one (I can’t remember the name) where the character traveled throughout the countryside after a worldwide power outage caused the breakdown of governments. The main characters were looking for something and there were bands of roving outlaws (I only watched a few episodes). The Immortal Rules also has some of these elements. Allie travels around the country, too. It gets tiresome!
  • I like Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series better.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

I’m participating in the following reading challenges for this book:

  • The Book Bingo Challenge.