The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Delacorte Press, 2015. 978-0-385-74417-1. $17.99. 359p
Sixteen-year-old Nina and her sister Melanie struggle to survive while their mother is strung out on drugs sleeping all day.
In this dystopian world, the Church rules everyone through the fear of demons, purity, and people who must die to “gift” their soul to a new baby (all born without a soul.)
Nina is an exorcist and must try to save her sister, now pregnant without consent of the church, and without being married. And of course, save herself since all “real” exorcists are rogue. Including the really cute boy with amazing green eyes.
This wild ride of a novel is the first in a series, which might be good, since the book raises more questions than it answers. Woven in through the novel are people who inhabit dual bodies, sexual situations, lots of innocent dead bodies, and of course, demons.
Because of the world setting, there was a lot of information to get across, and some of that bogged the story down. The twists are nicely done, and your nerves will be raw by the end.
Recommended 14 up