Genre: Post-apoc/urban fantasy
Synopsis: Allie is an Unregistered–this means she isn’t on the list to give blood regularly to the vampires ruling her city, but it also means she isn’t approved for the rights of the Registered. Like having jobs. She and her gang have to get by through scavenging, and hold on to what they have, usually by staying under the radar.
Allie hates vampires for creating this kind of world, which makes it all the more ironic when, on one tragic night, she becomes one herself.
With little guidance or support available to her, Allie sets out to discover how she can reconcile the kind of person she wants to be with the kind she needs to be to hold on to her survival. How long will she be able to hold onto her humanity?
Series: First book in a trilogy.
POV: First person, single viewpoint
Romance: Kind of, eventually.
All three books for this trilogy is out–that said, do not read the blurbs for the later books without finishing the previous one. I know, that should be obvious, but it’s hard when looking up the books is so easy. I’m waiting a little while before continuing with the second and third book, in the vain hope that I’ll forget the spoilers with time (which won’t happen).
Julie Kagawa has my trust since her fantastic and tragic ending for The Iron Knight, which is why I was willing to venture into the dreaded vampire genre for her.
And of course, she takes it from an interesting perspective. This book is really about Allie deciding who she’s going to be in her new existence. The road ahead of her is unpaved, and she has no real guidance for what to do. There is a vampire society with a status quo, but not only is that the opposite of how Allie wants to go, she never gets any input from it whatsoever.
In figuring out what rules for morality, if any, she will follow, she’s on her own. There are no examples to follow–she barely knows any other vampires at all. The vampire who turns her expects her to make these decisions on her own. And the only other vampire she has a conversation with in her earliest days of vampirehood doesn’t exactly leave an inspiring impression. It’s kind of cool how few influences Allie has going into this.
And of course, there’s her internal struggle, which is the point of the book. She’s always hated vampires, but when given the choice to become one or die, she didn’t want to die. And now she has to prey on people regularly, or risk killing someone once starvation kicks in.
The idea of feeding off of a hypothetical person is easier than of feeding off of one someone she knows, someone who trusts her–someone who doesn’t know what she is.
The book lets her get to know people, then asks her what she’d do when all of her choices suck.
Ultimately, Allie has to decide how she’s going to treat the people who hate and fear vampires as monsters, like she used to do herself. Will she take their blood while they’re sleeping, so that they never know what she’s done? Will she stop caring about what they think if they won’t spare any regard for her, thereby turning onto a darker path? Or will she keep trying, no matter how often she’s rebuffed, to prove to them–and to herself–that she can still be a good person?
I can’t even say how sure or unsure I am about which path Allie will take, after accidentally spoiling myself with the blurbs–which I do not recommend! Don’t be me!
But I’ve only gotten through the first book so far, so I don’t really have any idea where this story is going to end. But I want to find out.