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.
Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.
I have read some of Kagawa’s Iron Fey books and have enjoyed those but thought they were a little lacking in that extra something special. So I decided it was time to try other things by her to see if she could capture my attention.
I have to say this book wasn’t what I was expecting. I was thinking this was going to be just another vampire novel with similar themes that I have seen before and I have to say this wasn’t like that at all. I really like the direction that Kagawa went with this story. The story was a great blend of a dystopian novel mixed with paranormal elements.
Our main character, Allison, is a girl who has been beaten down by life. She refuses to become part of a feeding group for the vampire so she has to live on the outskirts of town with whatever food she can find. She lives in a world where vampires rule all and the world outside the walls of her city is overrun with vampires who have no control, who have lost their minds and just want any blood they can get. To leave the city is to ask for death. So of course our girl risks it all.
I have to say I really liked Allison because she wants to live. She risks it all and becomes the very thing she spent her whole life avoiding, a vampire. She has to learn to cope with this new life and leave her old friends behind. I feel that she is strong enough to do this and I enjoyed watching her on her journey. I also liked all of the pieces that Kagawa slowly reveals to us over the course of the novel. Just when you think we are headed in one direction things change and we end up somewhere else.
I do have to say that at first I was a little put off by one of the changes in the story arc but I got over that quickly and jumped into meeting new characters and seeing how Allison could get through the story on her own with her secrets. I enjoyed how brutal the story got and how no one was safe. Every chapter held new secrets, new roads, and new chances for never coming back.
Overall, this was a great mix of vampires meets the walking dead. I really loved the world and I don’t want to say too much to spoil it for you. I have to say I have never seen vampires like this and I liked the dark side to the whole story. There world is really dark and depressing and there are no sparkly vampires in this one. I can’t wait to see where the second book goes because I need more of this dark world with creatures that are worse than vampires.