Book Review → The Heavens Rise

17571317Title: The Heavens Rise
Author: Christopher Rice
Publication Date: October 15th, 2013

Synopsis: 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: I am having a hard time writing my review for this book. I have read some of Christopher Rice’s books in the past, I own quite a few of them, and I find that he’s an author I enjoy reading and this book was not any different. I enjoyed reading it but it is one that you definitely need to process afterward. It is a contemporary thriller with supernatural/paranormal elements to it.

At first I found all the varying point of views to be a little weird, slightly confusing, and a lot distracting at times. But after a while you could tell that every part was important to the story and you learned a little more through them. I do not want to talk too much on the plot or things that happen in the story, I do not want to spoil anyone and this is the type of book where all of the events/things play on each other and knowing something could spoil you for another thing later on. Also I feel that each reader should definitely experience this one without any spoilers and as things happen.

This book hooked me from the start and I had a hard time putting it down. I’ve always found that Rice creates real ‘worlds’ and characters that are easy to relate to and/or understand. The only real issue that I had with the book is that it felt like it had a bit of an identity crisis. In parts it felt like a contemporary novel, in others a paranormal/supernatural novel, and again in other parts it felt like it wanted to be a horror novel. The only reason I hesitate to consider it a horror novel is that the horror aspect of this one is water down, glossed over, and barely developed. We don’t learn the origin, not truly, of the parasite that is the root of all the problems. Plus the terror of the characters in relation to the parasite isn’t developed well enough.

Despite the identity crisis of the book I enjoyed reading it and I look forward to reading more of Rice’s books.

Stars: ★★★
Recommendation: Borrow it
I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley for an honest review.

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