The Immortal Rules is not the usual kind of vampire book. First of all, Allison – the narrator – doesn’t start out as a vampire, and actually rather hates them. She becomes a vampire, but is filled with self-loathing for much of the first half of the book. There isn’t the romanticism towards vampires in this book that there is in so many other series. They’re not seen as something to aspire to, or something seductive. They’re just plain old scary.
The dark humour and attention to detail that Atwood is known for is definitely one of the strong points of this book. It just made the crazy things happening seem more realistic. Really, it’s one of the best dystopias I’ve ever read, and I do love them, so that’s saying a lot.
It took me a while to get into this book. Maybe it was the premise of a school in a totally corporate environment, or maybe it was the format – there was quite a bit of twitter-like “instant messaging” between characters at certain points – but it took me a while to get comfortable with the characters.
So when I heard that Roth would be releasing a collection of stories written from Tobias/Four’s point of view, I really wanted to read them. I saw the book in an airport over the summer when I was travelling, but then forgot about it until earlier this month. I then snatched it up pretty much immediately.
Coming after the crazy events of Insurgent, it would be hard for this book to compare in terms of straight-out action. It simply cannot. Instead, Allegiant goes a step further in exploring the backstory behind the factions, and even more. Roth explores the mythology behind her dystopia in this book, and Tris and the others struggle to make sense of everything while trying to save the city – and the people – that they love.