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Last year I was given the opportunity to review Blood of Eden #1: The Immortal Rules on Outnumbered3-1.com. Afterward I had gotten my entire family, including my nephew, hooked on the series and so we all waited patiently (sorta) for the next title to come out. This one I purchased on my own on pre-order for my nephew as well as picked up from the library. You can find the title in the Young Adult section!
You don’t have to read The Immortal Rules before delving into The Eternity Cure as it does a nice job of reiterating the important parts throughout the story, however, I wouldn’t suggest it. To really understand and empathize with the characters you need to walk with them through the beginning, their demons and losses. The Immortal Rules begins when Allison Sekemoto is still human, struggling to survive in a city that had been taken over by vampires and using the humans like cattle. Parts of the Book #2 reflect from her earlier human life and it begins shortly after Book #1 ends, so they coincide with each other rather than do a jump in time.
To give you a basic rundown of The Immortal Rules, here is the bio:
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire 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 is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn’t easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
The end of the story leaves you both sad and driven by her determination. You ache to know what will happen and yet you are flooded with a feeling of adrenaline as she turns to face another night. Then comes The Eternity Cure.
As for The Eternity Cure, it is far better than The Immortal Rules. Where the first book was leading you inwards and was more about holding onto humanity and the light in the darkness, book two throws you into the blood rage and has you hanging on a very fine shred of what it means to be human. Allison must embrace her darker nature in order to save those she loves and throughout the entire novel you have no idea if it is a lose cause, because every time you think you know what is going to happen and every time you grasp onto that hope that Book #1 had always given, Julie Kagawa rips it away. In many ways your feelings as the reader begin to resemble what Allison must endure as she struggles with holding onto hope.
And here is the greatest news I had heard while waiting for this novel, Blood of Eden is becoming a MOVIE! So perhaps The Hunger Games does have a slight rival in the box office coming soon. Until then, you really need to pick up this series. You can grab the Paperback for The Immortal Rules for $8.99 on Amazon and The Eternity Cure for $13.25. Both can also be found at your local library.
I’m am continually amazed at the quality of Young Adult Fiction coming out, which has had me more excited than most Adult Fiction. This stands to be one of my most favorite series of all time. You can read more about the books, the author and what is coming next on Blood of Eden.