Published by Delacorte Press Pages: 368
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.
When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?
Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.
There’s never a good time of day to cross town with a bag full of stolen goods, but of all the possibilities, five a.m. was the hour best suited to that particular sin.
What I thought of this book
So this is actually my first book by this author even though I have one of her others on my TBR shelf and I really found her writing style great and I liked the book but I did have some issues with it that brought the rating down for me.
It’s set in the future and after a big war, now the towns are ran by The Unified Church and they have very strict rules. One of those is that you can’t have a baby unless you get a license to do so because the demons have destroyed all the soul and so they are on short supply. If you have a baby you have to have someone in your family willing to die to give up their soul for your baby.
Nina, works for the church and wants to be ordained so she can get a full time teaching job to help bring in more money for her and her younger sister Mellie. Their mom is never around and they think she is on drugs and high all the time. Nina, is always breaking the rules to protect her and her sister from the church. Then something drastic happens and it all goes down hill from there.
Nina is attacked by a degenerate, which is a demon in a worn out body. A mysterious young man helps her out and then when she is in another crisis he helps her again. She finds out that she is an exorcist and there are a small group of them hiding from the church.
Nina as a character wasn’t real bad, she could be a little annoying at times but she really grows up quick, but who wouldn’t when you got demons chasing you. The romance angle in this story is really strange and I don’t know what to think of it yet and it’s a bit to insta-love for me..blah.
I thought The Stars Never Rise was a pretty fast paced book and I finished it pretty quick, but I did have a few issues and some I can’t really talk about cause I don’t want to giveaway anything. I can say that it has to do with Finn cause well it’s just weird and I am not sure where the author is going to go with that and I have issues with books or movies that use a child to do a horrific act..and I just didn’t like it. I am really trying to suspend my disbelief with babies being born without souls, but these other things I am just not sure off. It would have been a 4 star read but my issues knocked it down half a point.
Other than those issues I enjoyed the story and can’t wait to find out what happens. It doesn’t really hang you over a cliff it just drops you off and I am not sure which is worse. I kept thinking..what that is it..what kind of ending is that! I need book two now! 🙂
So if you are a fan of this author or like dystopian with a paranormal twist then I suggest you give it a try.