Thursday, November 7, 2013

{Book Review} The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice

The Heavens Rise
by Christopher Rice
Publisher: Gallery Books
Released: October 15th 2013 
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Dark Sci-fi
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice brilliantly conjures the shadowed terrors of the Louisiana bayou—where three friends confront a deadly, ancient evil rising to the surface—in this intense and atmospheric new supernatural thriller.

It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred…and kept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction…and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre—and very deadly—abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.

An accomplished surgeon, Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium: “the final resting place for the heroic and virtuous.” Then, ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred something that had been there for centuries—a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body.

Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.

Review:  When I started reading this I wasn't quite sure what was going on and things got more, confusing before it all sorted itself out. The biggest issue I had with this book was the bouncing between the main characters as teens and as adults. At times I found it confusing and it distracted me from the actual story. When I read, I kind of want an escape an not have to think to much.  With this book I didn't just have to assemble the  pieces, I had to pick it up off the floor and search for the pieces hidden between the lines, or so it felt. And yet I had a hard time tearing myself away.
The plot is so carefully weaved it tangled me up in the intricacy of what was going on. When the twists started coming I was completely blindsided by several things. For me things did get a lite out there toward the end of the book, but I can let it slide. As for the characters I really only liked Ben, who seemed to be the most level headed and down to earth of the bunch. To me the other characters were selfish, whiny, or just plain unpleasant. I couldn't bring myself to feel anything for them. This is made up for with some great storytelling. Over all I'm on the fence about this one, it has some great aspect and some not so great aspects.

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