Title: The Eternity Cure
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: May 1st 2013
Publication: Harlequin Teen Aus
Source: ARC received from publishers
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Allision Sekemoto has been cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love. She now follows the call of her creator Kannin from the psychotic vampire Sarren. The trail leads her to New Covington, her birthplace where she discovers there is a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago and is deadly to both humans and vampires alike. Will Allision be able to reach Kanin in time for a cure that only his secrets carry? How will she choose between the mortal world and her immortality.
Kagawa's sequel pleasantly surprised me, from the very first page a spark of curiosity and intrigue soon developed rapidly, fuelled on by those twists and turns that I hadn't expected at all with such new places, events, characters that almost demanded your attention. I became entranced in every moment of it. I think what I was most impressed with was the characterization, the exceeding development between relationships- particularly Allison and Zeke- and the unique aspects that made up the personalities of characters such as Jackal (who we see a lot more in this book) and Kanin were considerably developed. I was glad to see that Jackal's personality really helped lighten a world that was often full of such darkness and cruelty- I think the book as a whole really benefited from it. Kagawa's well-developed world building truly helps understand the facets of human desperation and the attempts of survival against all odds as well as their costs and sacrifices in the process.
The suspense really kept me incredibly engaged and I did not expect the considerable amount of twists that Kagawa weaves seamlessly throughout the novel. I'm also glad that Kagawa didn't shy away from the raw brutality of vampires and their capabilities, as there is a lot of well-written and engaging action. I sometimes felt that some of the scenes- particularly the middle section- was slow at times and although there was a lot of tension I sometimes felt something was missing that would give the moment or scene the edge it needed. In saying that though, I felt more connected to the characters and even empathized with some. Finally, the constant movement between one place and the other really helped in establishing characters changing emotions and was a great set up between scenes.
Beginning The Eternity Cure I hadn't really known what to expect but was glad to see the well-developed characterization, the increasing world building and that dark suspense that kept me glued to the pages. Fans of the first book are sure to enjoy it and I would highly recommend this series to anyone thinking about reading it, it is truly engaging and truly takes you on a unique and suspenseful journey through the dystopian society.
A Favourite Quote from the Novel:
"I don't believe in fate," he said carefully, "but I do believe everything happens for a reason. That there is some plan, some meaning to this darkness we live in"
* An ARC was received from the publisher in an aexchange for an honest review