I'm not sure quite what I was expecting from Beneath the Rising but it wasn't what I got, which was a creepy coming of age story that soon morphed into something about the implications of making deals when you don't have all the information.
It's the story of two teenagers, Nick and Johnny, bound together as children by being the lone survivors of a mass shooting and whose relationship from then onwards is completely tangled up with their lives. Nick is struggling to get by, as is his whole family, while Johnny is a child prodigy and responsible for a wide variety of inventions that have effectively helped to change the world. When her latest invention seems to rip apart the barrier between this world and another, Nick ends up on the run with her across a number of countries, in search of a way to close the rift that has opened.
As a plot, the whole concept works well, especially as Nick discovers during their journey together that there's way more going on than he's aware of. He's always thought of Johnny as being brilliant, only to discover that she had made a metaphorical deal with the devil to get that brilliance and is paying for it with her life. While he's in love with Johnny, she doesn't seem to even like him very much, even though again we discover there's much more (from her perspective, at least) to their relationship than that.
Beneath the Rising kept my interest all the way through, though I'm not sure if it really worked for me as a whole - the ending certainly didn't really resolve anything and I'm not sure if it convinced me. I suppose part of the problem was empathising with the two main characters, with both of them being quite self-absorbed even when the world wasn't in jeopardy. So this is probably another one of those books where I'll keep an eye out for more from this author but won't bother re-reading.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.