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Source: eARC via NetGalley
Published: April 24, 2012
by Harlequin Teen
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.
A dystopia with vampires?! Please, sign me up. I can't think of anything better to get me out of my Twilight-and Vampire Academy-induced vampire hatred than a good vampire dystopia.
This one had a bit of a slow start for me. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it, but once it picked up, WHOA.
I thought that the vampires were impressive and very menacing. It felt to me that this was a return to the Bram Stoker-type vampires, which are by far my favorite. They were freaky, but cool at the same time. I liked Kanin. He was rough and hard, but fair.
There were times when my heart broke for Allie, especially the first time she saw Stick after her choice. I kind of wanted to cry. Poor kid (both of them).
I really liked the way things went after her exit from the city. Tense can sort of begin to describe it.
It's kind of hard to really say more without getting into spoiler territory. While I did enjoy this one, I didn't like it as much as I liked the Iron Fey series. Still, it's a pretty good read and one that I'm sure I'll pick up again at some point. For that, I'm giving it a 'Drool Worthy' rating.
Mature Themes: Death, loss, betrayal
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