Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Date Finished: May 4, 2012
Source: Review Copy from Mira Publishing
From Goodreads:I really don't know where to start with this review. I wanted to love this book so much, the premise sounded absolutely incredible and don't get my wrong I did like this book, I was just a little disappointed. When I first heard of this book I thought it sounded absolutely amazing. Dystopia + Vampires? I was so excited. Unfortunately it didn't really live up to my expectations.
In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
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.
Allison lives in a horrid world where Vampires rule and at any time she could be taken by them. She despises them. But when she is attacked and faced with a choice, die or become a Vampire she becomes the thing that she has always hated most. But Allie isn't like most vampires. She isn't vicious and she doesn't want to kill and when she finds a group of humans who may have the cure to the disease causing this world she decided to stay and protect them. But if they find out what she is they will kill her. Will she be able to hide what she is, and will she be able to deny the monster inside her that is telling her to kill?
I did enjoy this book. I thought it was a very interesting and original storyline. Dystopian is my favourite genre of book so to hear of a dystopian book involving vampires I couldn't wait to read it. I have never read a story quite like this one before and I loved the uniqueness of the whole thing. However it took me such a long time to read this book. I think my main problem with the book was the pacing of it. It was so slow for me. The pacing really varied throughout the book and there would be moments when I felt, omg this is picking up and getting exciting just for a few pages later to have the story kind of dragging on a little bit.
The thing I loved about this book was Allison. She is a great character and I really loved her. I love the journey she goes through throughout the book. She changed a great deal throughout the book and goes from the stubborn human who will do anything to survive to the human trying to come to terms with the fact that she must take human blood in order to survive while trying not to be a monster.
I really loved all of the characters in the book. One thing Julie Kagawa is great at is characterization and I did really love all the characters and really cared about what happened to them. I was really sad at the human lives lost in the beginning of the book even though I hadn't even known them for 100 pages. I loved Kanin and I really want to find out more about him and I loved Zeke.
Personally I felt like the book was a little too long and it was very slow paced and I found myself getting kind of bored in places. I do think that this may be a case of 'First Book Syndrome' with the first book in the series being a little boring and slow because of the world building and setting up for the next book. The ending changed the entire book for me because man it was good. All the way through the book I would put it down for days and have no motivation to pick it up again. I don't know if it was the book or whether it was me being in a weird reading rut but that's why it took me so long to read it. However once I got to around 350/400 pages the book really picked up and the ending was amazing. It was action-packed, fast-paced and I had no idea what was going to happen next. I was definitely on the edge of my seat, desperate to find out what happened next. Now if only it had been like that all the way through I would be one happy bunny.
I will definitely be reading the next book in the series and after that ending I am actually quite excited for it. It wasn't a brilliant book but it has an incredibly unique storyline and I ended up enjoying it. I definitely think the next book is going to be a hell of a lot better and I can't wait to see what happens next.