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.(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
So, this is a vampire novel, yes, but it’s also a twisted, bloody dystopian and that’s what drew me in. The life in the Fridge is difficult, and food is hard to find, so one day Allie ventures outside the walls that protect the city to search for food. She finds a basement, stocked with enough food to hold her and her little crew over for months.
So the next night they venture out again. But things go badly wrong. Allie, in a desperate attempt to protect her crew, she leads the rabids away, only to get torn apart. As she lies dying, a vampire, Kanin, offers her a choice. A chance to die peacefully, with no more pain, or to die yet live…by becoming a vampire.
What would you do? Become the thing you hate and live on, or die and pass up the second chance at life.
Allie chooses life as a vampire.
This really was a refreshingly bloody take on vampires, since the ones you tend to find are normally Twilight knock-offs, that are all romance-y and “good” vampires that never drink blood and so on.
This series isn’t like that.
Allie, which you could consider a good person, has drunk blood. She has to, in order to survive. Sometimes she seems fully human, sometimes she’s completely the feral monster that now lives inside her. Even though she has a love interest, this book is far from being considered romance.
A dark, twisted world, with ferocious creatures roaming every night. The whole series is a balance of day and night, light and dark, and it somehow manages to do that without seeming cheesy like I just made it sound.
Basically, if you were only able to read one series with vampires ever again…this would be the series that should be chosen.