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.
In a word, this book was disappointing. I expected so much more when I saw how great part 1 was, but every bit after that let me down.
I loved reading about the life of the Unregistered, which was the focus for part 1. They’re the people who refuse to let the vampires prey on them, and I think it’s amazingly brave for people to rebel like that, when they know that they’re risking their lives. I really don’t think I could do it. I have a soft spot for people with sob stories, and every single one of these characters had one. Plus, they had that sort of strange unity that only homeless characters seem to have. They protect and support each other, but only if they aren’t putting themselves in danger. It’s a very strange sort of friendship these characters had together… Unfortunately, this great bit only went on for one part of the book, and it went pretty downhill from there in my opinion. Even with a good bunch of characters, we barely got to know anything about them.
Once Allie turned into a vampire, she became an idiot. The person who turned her into a vampire gave her some very clear rules on what she could and couldn’t do, but Allie thought herself above all that and barely listened to any of them. In fact, she seemed to go out of her way to be an idiot and do what she was told not to do. I liked the vampire who turned her, Kanin, although his story was very predictable. At least he tried! And at least he brought some non-idiotic action to the story.
Once Allie met the group of humans, I’m sure she broke every single rule given to her, including the most important ones about never letting yourself get hungry, and never befriending humans. She FELL FOR A HUMAN. Allie, how dumb can you get? Zeke was far too perfect anyway, I can’t understand how you could fall for him. She risked her life and everyone else’s by hanging around, and there were plenty of mental discussions where she realised this. Did she do anything about it, though? Of course not. Why would that make any sense?
Listen, I could go on and on about every stupid decision Allie made. I definitely don’t want to leave it you to find out for yourselves. Lucky for you though, I won’t. I’ll just tell you this – it doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s like every other vampire book you’ve already read, and it’s one you can leave untouched