Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Series: Blood of Eden #1
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness
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.
I continue to be a fan of Julie Kagawa’s fantastic writing, action packed plots, and memorable characters.
Allison Sekemoto is no weak pushover, she is brave and strong, even before she became a vampire-the thing she hates most in her world. Vampires rule her city, keeping humans as living blood bags in exchange for safety inside the city.
But the city isn’t so safe either. Allison promised herself she would never answer to the vampires, so she lives on the outside, where life is rougher, but at least she has her freedom. At least until one day her bravery gets her killed and her perseverance gets her turned into a vampire.
“We are vampires, Kanin had told me, on one of our last nights together. It makes no difference who we are, where we came from. Princes, Masters and rabids alike, we are monsters, cut off from humanity. They will never trust us. They will never accept us. We hide in their midst and walk among them, but we are forever separate. Damned. Alone. You don’t understand now, but you will. There will come a time when the road before you splits, and you must decide your path. Will you choose to become a demon with a human face, or will you fight your demon until the end of time, knowing you will forever struggle alone?”
It is getting more difficult to find a good vampire story. Kagawa gets my vote, she doesn’t take the easy way out and romanticize vamprism. Vampires are monsters, bloodthirsty and evil-and she never forgets that. Allison is written not to forget that either, but she is trying to be a different kind of monster. Her struggle is genuine, and the reader can really feel how hard she is struggling not to lose herself. Allison is definitely one of my new favorite heroines.
The relationships were very well written, Allison has restraint, and does not let anyone get too close. She cares about people, and it would kill her if she ever hurt someone she loved. The urge is there, though, to kill. I’m glad the author always kept that in mind: Allison is a vampire.
I loved this dystopian world, there was action on every page and death around every corner. I wish more information and explanation was given to how it got that way, because I found myself trying to make connections in my mind that just weren’t adding up. I hope more is talked about in the sequel, which I will definitely be reading!