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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
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I've got an exclusive drawing of a Rabid done by Julie to reveal and a signed Hardcover copy of Immortal Rules to giveaway!
You will kill. The only question is when.
In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.
Unregistered humans cling to the fringe, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.
Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.
The Rise of Rabidism
With mortality rates from the Red Lung Disease hittingextinction levels, a certain individual within the vampire population revealedhis or her existence and immunity to Red Lung. In a desire to protect the vampire food supply - humans - vampiresubjects were provided for testing, with the hope of developing a treatment orinoculation for Red Lung.
The efforts at creating a cure with the vampire bloodproduced disastrous results, leading to the creation of a retrovirus thatsucceeded in conferring immunity to the Red Lung virus, but only by co-optingthe RNA of the host and creating new, altered, DNA strands. These new DNA strands resulted in severelyaltered physiology, killing the human host but keeping them animated in a statemuch like vampirism. It also reducedtheir mental state to one of animal rage, much like a rabid beast.
Eventually, one of the subjects infected with the retrovirusmanaged to escape (though no one is sure how this happened) and introduced theretrovirus (soon to be called Rabidism) to the broader pop