Have you read it yet? If not, why not?
Following on from my post last week, I'm still buzzing from reading it. I was following the North American blog tour this week and their theme was 'Humans vs. Vampires' and I thought why not extend that over here too.
Ultimately the question is -
Would you rather be a human with Zeke or a vampire with Allie and Kanin?
For those who have yet to read the book yet, here's a quick rundown...
Out here in the Fringes, there is only one rule: Blood calls to blood.
She has done the unthinkable: died so she might continue to live.
Now Allie, the reluctant teenage vampire who was cast out of Eden, and Zeke, the human boy who loves her, must attempt to save the world from a deadly new strain of plague. In order to do so, they must first hunt down the monster who holds the promise of the cure and Allie s beloved mentor in his sadistic grip....
Joined by Allie s blood brother, Jackal, this unlikely posse of companions will brave a landscape stalked by raiders, rabids, and rogue vampires. But even if they survive, they re bound for the Inner city, and a vicious showdown that will test their bonds in ways they never expected.
It may just be that becoming undead was the easy part. Confronting the horrors of Allie s awakening hunger, her growing feelings for Zeke, and the uncertainties of their future is going to be the ultimate challenge.
First off what would you do in Allie's situation? If you were on death's door would you give up and die or would you allow yourself to be turned into a vampire and live as an undead, blood-sucking monster?
It's a tough choice and I know when reading it, my first instinct was that I would become a vampire, easily, but actually Allie's journey shows you how it's not as easy as just being immortal.
The pros to being a vampire are that, not only are you immortal and practically indestructible, but in a vampire-dominated world you (potentially) have more power and a better life than humans. You don't have to worry too much about being attacked by rabids or other vampires (provided you're strong enough to fight them if you need to!).
But like in Allie's case, she can never quite develop the same relationships she had when she was human - humans now see her as a monster and it is only Zeke and his kind nature that sees she is different from that. She is expected to view every human as a food source not a friend. By becoming a vampire she has given up everything and everyone she knew and loved in the human world and has had to start again.
But then again, Humans still have that emotional connection and ability for personal relationships that vampires lack. You can't blame them for seeing vampires as blood-sucking monsters. If Allie wasn't a vampire she would be able to be with Zeke and live in Eden, no problem at all. She also wouldn't have to attack/kill humans to feed.
I think it is the fragility of the human life that is ultimately stopping me from picking team human - in Allie's world, humans are so vulnerable - they have to spend their lives on guard from rabids, vampires and other human attacks, travelling through the day time can be almost as dangerous as being out at night. It is a never ending battle to stay alive and I feel like I'd rather get it over and done with and become a vampire!
But then, I love Zeke and his world - I would be human in order to live his way of life and it pained me whenever him and Allie were separated!
It's a very tough choice - what would your choice be? Team human or team vampire? Zeke or Kanin?
I'm still not convinced ultimately either way but I'd be interested in your choices - it may even sway mine!