Series: Blood of Eden # 1
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 24, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Vampires
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.
Allie lives in a walled-in dystopian society, ruled by vampires. Some humans are used by vampires to provide a regular blood supply to their masters. Other humans, like Allie, live on the fringes, scavenging for food, and struggling every day to survive. Normal vampires are not the only concern; there is also a vicious breed known as rabids who lack the mental capacity of vampires and who exist only to rip humans apart for food. When Allie is attacked by a gang of rabids and nearly killed, she is rescued by a vampire named Kanin who gives her a choice: die from her wounds or allow him to turn her. Allie’s survival instincts force her to choose the latter.
As Allie’s sire, Kanin trains her to use her new vampire skills and teaches her how to survive in her new existence. Soon, though, an old enemy of Kanin’s surfaces and captures him, and Allie is forced to set out on her own, in a world that she had never seen during her former mortal life. She meets up with a band of humans who accept her into their group, not knowing that she is a vampire. Outside the walls of Allie’s old home, murderous humans are just as dangerous as the rabids. She struggles to protect her new group of friends, and in particular, kind-hearted Zeke, while desperately trying to protect her secret.
Allie is a fabulous young heroine – brave, resourceful, and determined to hang onto whatever shred of humanity may still exist in her. She’s also a fearless and vicious killer of her enemies. The story is incredibly exciting, and the sense of danger never lets up. Kagawa is unafraid of depicting scenes of graphic violence, but it’s a critical and necessary element to the story. A sequel is coming and a movie deal is in the works – YESSSSS!!!!!
I’m sure it’s tiresome for readers and authors alike to compare everything to “The Hunger Games,” but I think it’s safe to say that if you enjoyed that story, you will enjoy this one, as well.