RELEASE DATE: June 9th 2015
AUTHOR: Rachel Vincent
GENRE:Young-Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia, Demons.
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
SUMMARY: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.
MY REVIEW: It’s a perfect mix of paranromal and dystopia genre and also a great start for a new series. As expected Rachel’s books are famous for her Paranormal plots, and she did it again with this new kickass action series. I was so excited when I got it in my hands and I didn’t wait any further and gotten myself in it.
I really think it’s an amazing plot but I can’t say it’s perfect because there were some things that annoyed me and bored me a bit. I think the world building is well paced and the background lore is informative without being overwhelming. When I was reading this, sometimes I’ve felt deja vu feeling like I’ve seen it somewhere before in another book.
The world that the author build was really scary and cruel and I felt really bad for the girls who are living in it, because I wouldn’t want to live in this kind of world where you are heavily punished for not following strict rules placed by the church and they are also applicable even for a five year old. Even though this world is infested by degenerates( humans who are possessed by demons) I felt like I was in a Zombie infested world but anyway it was an entertaining read especially with the action parts.
The coolest thing in this plot that was kinda refreshing to the YA paranormal genre is the exorcism in it.In this world the process of exorcism is totally different because it don’t need a holy bible or a holy water and they need not have to be a priest, because in this world they are all just fakes, and they really don’t have any effect on killing demon possessed humans.
There was also a hell of description about the demons and souls and how the New Temperance works which seemed a lot to take. At start it may seem pretty much confusing with all the soul business so you need to read it further to understand it much better. The mystery and the action was what made the whole plot interesting and a beginning for a amazing new series. I can see the effort put by the author in making up this plot and she did a wonderful job.
The character Nina is really brave and very likable character because I love her strength and the goodness in her. As for Finn he was cool but he didn’t left a deep impression cause I hate guys who flirt and he was also one of the major character who possess a mysterious power.There are also secondary characters that you would like to know.When Nina learns about her sister Mellie’s situation she was completely blanked out and when her mother finds out about her, she rages in anger for a total different reason she wouldn’t even think was possible.The romance part in this book is very low cause the whole story was focused on the mystery behind the Unified church and the demons. At start the story moved in a slow pace and when Nina meets Finn for the second time the whole story takes a total turn and gets fast paced. Nina didn’t know the place she was living her whole life is a complete facade and it was controlled by a Unified Church who says that they provide safety to the citizens from the degenerates but things aren’t always what they seem.
All in all, I thought this was very well done, creative and imaginative. There was just the right amount of fuel to really make the story move, with a cast of characters to make us want so much more.The book ended with an interesting end and also revealing a new mysterious character known as “Kastor” the boogeyman.So, hell yeah! I will definitely read the next installment cause I do really want to know how it turns out, and I highly recommend this one to those who are into paranormal and dystopian books.