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The Heavens Rise
by Christopher Rice
The Heavens Rise is a story about a young couple who in a fit of passion take a dip in the wrong pool. Infested by a parasite, both discover a newfound power. While Nikki uses her power for good, Marshall is intent on ruining everyone he feels has wronged him.
Although the story is both compelling and frightening, the narrative is often disjointed. During many of the action scenes, I felt myself becoming lost as to what was happening. It could be that I was reading too fast, or maybe I was unable to picture things as they unfolded.
Told from the perspective of the different characters, The Heavens Rise is set in New Orleans. The story starts pre-Katrina and the post-Katrina landscape is as much a character as Ben and Marissa.
The science fiction/fantasy aspect will appeal to a broad range of readers. I think both boys and girls will appreciate this book. Because of some graphic sexual scenes, I would keep this book in the High School library.