Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: April 24, 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Series: #1 (Blood of Eden)
Length: 288 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)
“To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness
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.”
I had mixed feelings with this book. I’ll start off with the things I didn’t really liked. This book is divided into 4 parts, and the pacing for the first 2 parts were really slow for me. After reading about a hundred pages, there wasn’t that much of a progress on the story. The first part was the most confusing part for me. It was hard for me to picture the world at first, and I actually thought that the main character, Allie, was already a vampire.. turned out she was a human who was an outcast along with the other humans who didn’t live within the vampire cities.
The parts that I liked was that the 2nd half of the book was pretty much action packed. More of my questions were answered, and the story has gotten interesting. I also like how the characters were realistic and had their own voice. I could tell them apart, but for me, they aren’t the characters who I’ll remember forever. I also liked the romance too. It wasn’t cheesy or insta-love.
This book actually gave me a sad vibe. I found it sort of depressing because Allie doesn’t have any family and she’s tagging along with these humans who are outcasts to find this place called “Eden” which supposedly is a place with NO vampires.
Overall, I enjoyed it although I had a few issues with it. I like how Julie Kagawa killed off some of the characters in the book (that sounds bad, but some authors doesn’t like killing their characters which makes it unrealistic ESPECIALLY if the book is a vampire/zombie book..) I recommend it if you’re a big fan of vampires or zombies.