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.
This book to me seemed like… The Walking Dead, but with vampires instead of zombies.
I had read other Julie Kagawa books before, and I’ve got to say I was not impressed. So imagine my surprise (and delight!) when I was absolutely DEVOURING this book in search of answers.
I think what made this book for me was the fact that we finally get the perspective of the “monster” in question: the main protagonist is a vampire, recently turned at that.
Allison Sekemoto had to fight every day of her like to survive on the streets of this dystopian world enslaved by vampires. To beat them, she actually became them. I loved seeing Allison’s inner struggle. I loved seeing her trying to battle her inner demons, her need to eat versus her need to hold on to her “humanity”. Allison is also completely badass by the way. She carries a katana and TOTALLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT! (Can I be Allison when I grow up?)
In this book, vampires aren’t misunderstood. Vampires are the villain here; they are not kind, they are not humane, they are not tame. Vampires only see humans as their food source (which is basically the only reason they enslave the humans vs just killing them outright).
I loved all the different aspects of vampirism that were explained as well as the way Allison herself transitioned from human to vampire. I loved the unexplained fear humans felt for the vampires…. I JUST REALLY LOVED THE WAY THE VAMPIRES WHERE WRITTEN, OKAY?
There was a bit of a romance here, just enough to make it cute, not annoying. I actually really liked the love interest; it was difficult not to like him.
The pacing of the book was so great. It never felt like it dragged on for me, in fact sometimes I couldn’t help but pass the pages faster.
Overall this book was a refreshing dystopian. It takes vampires and vampire lore and gives them a whole new point of view. It gives us an absolutely badass female protagonist, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Definitely recommend this book!