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The Stars Never Rise Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—Like countless teen novels today, The Stars Never Rise is set in a terrible future. There are many plot elements that readers will recognize: an overarching, corrupt governing body (the Unified Church), a broken family with a beloved younger sibling, and supernatural menace. There is also an inconvenient love interest, conspiracies, and lots of action, and Vincent works these into an entertaining story with a unique approach. In this postapocalyptic world, there are only so many souls to go around, because hordes of demons have been feeding on them for centuries. By the mid-21st century, babies are stillborn if there's no donor soul lined up, and demon possession is a constant fear. Seventeen-year-old Nina lives in relative safety in a restrictive church settlement where walls and exorcists keep people safe from "degenerates," or possessed humans whose souls have been eaten away by demons. After extensive background-laying, Nina discovers that her younger sister is pregnant, that her mother has always been possessed and had children to keep herself alive, that bands of outlaw teenage exorcists roam the town, and that she herself is a natural-born exorcist. There's also a body-hopping boy-soul named Finn and a plot to enslave and destroy humanity. The book contains some mature language and themes, especially as Nina tries to regain autonomy over her body after forced sterilization, but nothing overly graphic. VERDICT The story treads very familiar ground and can be predictable at times, but this is a hugely fun and entertaining read.—Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City
About the Author
RACHEL VINCENT is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for adults and for teens, including the Shifters, Unbound, and Soul Screamer series, and the upcoming The Flame Never Dies. A resident of Oklahoma, she has two teenagers, two cats, and a BA in English, each of which contributes in some way to every book she writes. When she’s not working, Rachel can be found curled up with a book or watching movies and playing video games with her husband.
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This bold and refreshingly different story is filled with surprising and at times horrifying twists and turns will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It’s a riveting and action-packed tale of good versus evil. It questions the decisions and authority of those in power, their humanity, their morality, their inflexibility and their honesty. It introduces a flawed but relatable protagonist who is immediately likable, who is fiercely loyal, and who is willing to do whatever it takes to fight for her and her sister’s survival.
With a storyline that will instantly engage, a plethora of zombie-like demons whose level of putrefaction is shudder-worthy, clever and calculating demons who are chilling and malevolent, leaders who are heartless and vicious, saviors who are a mix of lovable, swoon-worthy, irksome and combative, surprises of the jaw-dropping variety, and an ending that promises more action, deadlier threats and a new setting, THE STARS NEVER RISE is an absolute must.
Rachel Vincent has taken a risk with her new series and it’s one that has definitely paid off in spades in this first book. Her story is unique, yet still retains all those qualities that fans of the author love – appealing characters, a fast-paced and gripping plot, page-turning action and suspense, and superb writing. While the power and influence of the Church plays a large part in this story, it does not overshadow the story’s other elements or give it an overly religious feel.
It is the ultimate battle of good and evil. It has a dystopian/post-apocalyptic setting. There are monsters with human faces. There are those with kick-ass abilities. There are moments of heartbreak. There are moments that will shock. And they all come together to create a story that is epic, unputdownable and unforgettable.
I get wonderful feels every time I open a new Rachel Vincent book. It’s a feeling of excitement, because every one of her books I’ve read has left me breathless, and it’s a feeling of trust, I know I’m in good hands because her stories have never let me down.
I felt all of those things when I cracked open (figuratively…it’s a Kindle book) The Stars Never Rise…and I wasn’t disappointed in the least.
I love the premise of this book. I’ve read several reviews that said there was nothing unique about it, but I disagree. I though it was unique. Sure, I’ve read a ton of books about demons, but the set up here was one I hadn’t encountered before. I won’t go into it because the synopsis above pretty much sums it up and anything else I add to it could possibly be spoilery.
What I can say is this is not a world I’d ever want to live in. To me, this is more dystopian than urban fantasy or paranormal romance, so I’ll call it Paranormal Dystopian. It’s set sometime in the near future, where the Church rules all (such a scary thought!) with an iron fist…and some of the punishments meted out for so-called “sins” were so sickening, just disgusting, it’s just a horrifying world, in my opinion.
I love Nina Kane and her sister, Melanie. That’s one of the main reasons I love Rachel Vincent; her characters are always realistic, flawed people. Nina is just trying to survive this world and take care of her younger sister with no help whatsoever from their deadbeat mom. But when she learns of a secret her sister has been holding on to, Nina’s whole world comes crashing down. She meets some new people and has to go on the run from the Church, and that’s where the story really takes off. Out of all the new group of characters, we get to know Finn the best, because Nina and Finn have a connection…a love connection :) I’m super corny, I know! Anyway, I heart Finn for Nina. He’s sweet and funny and genuine. But, wait for the insanely shocking twist about Finn that comes about halfway through the book…I was NOT expecting that at all!
There were a few predictable things in the story, but that doesn’t really bother me much if I’m loving it. And I was. All in all, it was a great read, a unique but scary world, and relatable characters. There was romance, a little bit, just the starting of one. I always wish for more romance, but it was enough to get me by.
I suggest you go pick up a copy today and start reading ASAP!
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