The Stars Never Rise
I really enjoyed this post-apocalyptic meets paranormal world. Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane isn't the typical kick ass heroine but is more a reluctant one. In her world, she has to do whatever she can in order to feed not only her but her younger sister. Then her world as she knows it comes crashing down.
I liked the unique twist on a demon slayer and the whole concept of hosts that use bodies of people while overtaking their souls. In this world souls are in short supply. Women have to have approval to have babies. At age 15 girls are tested to see if they can have children. If not, they are sterilized.
This vision of a church is hardcore and mega conservative. The punishments are severe like the scene where a kindergartner is set outside to stand in the rain all day because of his foul language. Those who don't follow the 'rules' and are accused of having demons are burned alive. The whole irony on this is shown in a big reveal midway through the novel.
I also found the whole idea of another soul sharing bodies fascinating. Finn 'shares' such a body with Maddock. This brings the term awkward to a whole new level especially since Maddock has a girlfriend. The relationship between Nina and Finn is fast and furious just like the world around them. I wanted to see more of this and hope it'll be in the sequel.
Unique twist on a demon slayer set in a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is what it seems. Add to that romance, suspense, horror, and action which make for one terrific read.
2. Great voice
This was such a fantastic read! I was expecting awesomeness, based on the synopsis, but I wasn't expecting it to be this amazing!
This book takes place in a society where the Church runs everything. After demons destroyed life as their knew it a century ago, the Church was the savior and now they dictate people's lives. Nina has to protect her sister and make sure that the Church doesn't know how little their drug addict mother cares for her. One day, though, Nina faces a demon attack by a boy in a hoodie. A boy with the ability to exorcise demons. It's when Nina's sister is threatened by her own secret and Nina discovers truths about herself, but her reality begins to explode.
In a world where all dystopians merge into the same story, comes a book that's entirely unique! Not only is this book a dystopian, but it's also paranormal with hints of fantasy. This merging might seem odd, but instead it was absolutely stunning! The society and world-building is fantastic, horrifying, but fantastic. The idea of a demon apocalypse and a Church takeover was interesting and I was able to get the complete history. Don't even get me started on the exorcism and Finn.
I really liked Nina. She's our MC and she's a very strong characters and obviously cares for her sister. She also has the proper reaction to what's going on. Really, you'd be surprised at some of the MC's in YA. Sure, she has her flaws, but they only made her more real and I get the feeling that she will only grow stronger as the series goes on.
As for romance, it was unusual. I didn't like how quick it happened. It wasn't insta-love, as Nina was not attracted to him at first glance, but I was very thrown when the first kiss happened. I just wasn't expecting it to happens so soon. Now, the rest of the romance was very interesting. I can't give details, but trust me that you've never seen a romance like this before.
I ADORED this book! It's such a unique dystopian with paranormal elements, great characters, and overall fantastic! I had such a hard time putting this down! Now, if only I didn't have to wait for the next book...