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The Church is everywhere.It runs the city. It defends the populace from the demons beyond the wall. But what if it's the church that should be feared?
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul--hers is a world where they're in short supply--but only she can protect her younger sister, Mellie, and Mellie's unborn child, a child that the Church believes shouldn't exist.
There are only two options. Mellie can pledge her life--and her baby's life--to the Church. Or she and Nina can go on the run. They choose the latter. Because it's kill or be killed. To save her sister, Nina will need to put her trust in Finn, a fugitive and rogue exorcist. What they'll do together will change the face of the world.
Holy hellfire, indeed.
And don't miss the spellbinding sequel, The Flame Never Dies.
-Haunting, unsettling and eerily beautiful.-
--Rachel Caine, author of the New York Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series
-A hugely fun and entertaining read.---SLJ
-Vincent (the Soul Screamers series) carves out an intriguing niche in the post-apocalyptic landscape . . . plenty of reasons for readers to look forward to the next installment.---PW
-Eerily reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale . . . fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games will love the complexity of the setting and characters.---VOYA
-The gritty world is compellingly presented . . . much to consider.---The Bulletin
-A devil of a thriller.---Booklist
- ISBN-13: 9780385744171
- ISBN-10: 038574417X
- Publisher: Delacorte Press
- Publish Date: June 2015
- Page Count: 368
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
- Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-27
- Reviewer: Staff
A century ago, demons declared war on humanity and devoured so many souls that the human population could no longer sustain itself. Now Nina, at 17, has only a year left before she dedicates her life to the tyrannical Unified Church that came to power after the war. In New Temperance, joining their holy order is Nina’s only option to feed herself and her sin-prone sister, Melanie, while their mother wastes away in a drugged stupor. When a demon attack brings Nina’s life crashing down, help comes not from the church’s exorcists but from a fugitive named Finn, who has the power to cast demons back to Hell. Nina’s confusing feelings for Finn take a back burner as she joins him and his friends on the run, fighting both the church and demons to keep her family safe. First in a series, this book sometimes runs heavy on exposition, but Vincent (the Soul Screamers series) carves out an intriguing niche in the post-apocalyptic landscape. Unresolved plotlines leave plenty of reasons for readers to look forward to the next installment. Ages 12–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (June)