From Goodreads: Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden-as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems….
This is a great little novella that gives readers the much anticipated back-story to Kagawa’s phenomenal novel, The Immortal Rules, the first full book in the Blood of Eden series. Once again stepping away from the fey and into the realm of vampires, Kagawa explains how the Red Lung virus, along with attempts to stop it, created the vast vampire race that now controls the world within The Immortal Rules, answering many of the questions I had when reading that first novel.
Honestly, I was very happy with the way Kagawa went about creating her back-story, giving us insight concerning how the virus began as well as insight into Ben Archer and Kylie’s personas. I also loved the tie in between the two stories using the Archer farm, giving readers the background needed to explain the farm when our main characters from The Immortal Rules, Zeke and Allie, happen upon it in their own story. It was really interesting to learn how the little farm became a stronghold against rabids and vampires alike, especially as I’d never thought about it before.
Though I’m a little less than thrilled with the sexual content within this novella, that aside, everything else was superb. Kagawa easily enraptures her readers with this story that can be read both before or after reading The Immortal Rules, which is great. Four stars.
Readers please note: ‘Til the World Ends is an anthology with three separate short stories within. I only read Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa for this review, but plan to read the other novellas at a later time and review them seperatley.
Harlequin Publishers have been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on January 29, 2013.