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.
Thank you, Julie Kagawa, for allowing Vampires to retain their horror in this novel.
We have some honest to goodness ferocious vamps who must feed on human blood (no copping out and drinking animal blood in Kagawa’s world). Good, old fashioned fear of the sun (no sparkling, thank goodness). We have vampire masters and minions. Some of it feels like a mix of elements from Dracula, Interview with a Vampire, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (but not in a bad way).
Which brings me to the main character. A resourceful female with believable character development! And she’s Asian and wields a Katana!! Now that Allie is the thing she’s always hated the most, the topic of her diet is a constant concern for her (obviously). If she goes too long without drinking, her feral instincts take over and she’ll attack (and most likely kill) whoever she can get at first. So she struggles a lot with how to feed without being the monster she’s always loathed. Her character development is pretty believable and I will definitely be reading the next book in this series when it’s released.