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The immortal rules
Kagawa, Julie
Teen Fiction KAGAWA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in a near future where despotic vampires rule crumbling cities after a devastating plague has swept the country, Kagawa's Blood of Eden series kicks off with a bang. Seventeen-year-old unregistered human Allie Sekemoto would rather hover on the edge of starvation than submit to the branding, tracking, and monthly blood draws required to receive food rations from the undead overlords. She hates the vampires, but her survival instinct is stronger: when she is attacked and fatally injured, she accepts being Turned by an outlaw vampire to save herself. Forced to flee the city, Allie plays human and joins a clan that wanders the wilderness searching for a fabled safe haven called Eden. Torn between her maddening need for blood and the remnants of her humanity, Allie is a terrific heroine-tough, pragmatic, yet sympathetic-and readers will be hungry to see where her story goes. Kagawa wraps excellent writing and skillful plotting around a well-developed concept and engaging characters, resulting in a fresh and imaginative thrill-ride that deserves a wide audience. Ages 14-up. Agent: Laurie McLean, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Young adult bookshelves are well stocked with titles about vampires stalking their prey in dystopian societies, but few are as gripping as Kagawa's (The Iron Knight) series starter. Allison Sekemoto is a human teenager scraping by as a scavenger in the Fringe, the outer limits of a vampire city. The world has been ravaged by a catastrophic plague, and most humans now serve their vampire masters as blood cattle. Allison hates vampires with a passion, but when she is fatally injured in an unsuccessful food raid, a master vampire offers to save her-by turning her into the monster she most despises. After she is turned, Allison is attracted to a human boy named Zeke, who invites her to joins his little band of travelers as they seek a legendary refuge called Eden. Allison must struggle to hide her true nature from her human companions and control her overwhelming desire to feed as they brave the perils of a savage wilderness and attacks from the dangerous Rabids, who threaten humans and vampires alike. Narrator Jacquie Floyd skillfully infuses every action-packed scene with dramatic tension and suspense. -Verdict This thriller is a rarity: a vampire novel with genuinely original ideas, full of chilling, nonstop action sequences that leave the listener on pins and needles to find out what happens next. Highly recommended for YA collections.-Claire Abraham, Keller P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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