‘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.’
Man, I went into this book thinking that this book would be a typical vampire story. Well, let me tell you, it is not. Julie has taken the typical vampire myths, and woven this new story. There were some myths that I had completely forgotten about, and I was pleasantly surprised when Julie had covered that myth!
I was swept up in this story like no other. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. In fact, before I read this book, I was actually thinking of giving my book away. I’m not giving it away now that I’ve read it. I’m going to hold onto that baby for a long time.
Alison is a POC character. YAY! The world definitely needs more POC characters, and I would LOVE more stories with characters like Alison. I say this a lot about characters, but when I say this about Alison, its true in the most forms. Alison is such a strong character. Because she lives in a dangerous area (and time) she lives with her little gang and she doesnt really trust them. The most important thing about Alison’s world is that the only person who is going to be there for you, is you.
I cant say much for Zeke, because I didn’t really like his character. I found him to be too pliable. Too, I dont know… open-minded, too friendly, and way too trusting. I will say that he’s a smart kid for his day and age, and quite sweet towards Allison. Im sure that his character will only grow from what we saw in this first book though.
Kanin, though, is one scary mofo. With not telling much to Allison about his past, all we know is about their time together. Even with seeing Kanin and Allison together though, he was still very vague. Only when there was true danger impending, did Kanin open up about anything. I hope to see him in the other books!
The writing in this world is so realistic as Julie takes her time building everything up as the story progresses. I could see everything so clearly when I was reading. There’s also a great deal of character growth within all of the characters. It’s like Julie touched the characters with a great writing pen, and boom, the characters flourished. Even the characters that didn’t really matter, had character growth. Some of the parts were so clear, so vivid, and I love these parts. I will be continuing on with the next book!
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Thanks for reading. Until next time,