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Overall I found the concept interesting, there is a flood (no pun intended) of zombie apocalypse books out at the moment but the idea of the rain being poisoned was different. The characters were likable and flawed and it was realistic in the events that befell them all, no super powers to save them here! (NetGalley)
Tense, scary, and high emotion, The Rain will have you on the edge of your seat and afraid to step outside. (dark-readers.com)
Distinctly British dystopian survival thriller. Great page turner, and I particularly enjoyed the very normal heroine after so many Katniss-lites. (The Bookseller)
A gripping- page turner with moments of surreal humour and great tenderness - not to mention dread as the raindrops fall. (The Bookseller)
Is not a novel about the English summer but a nightmare vision of the future where a single drop of rain can kill. (express.co.uk)
The Rain' left me speechless! It is such a unique thriller that was very fast paced - I would recommend this book to all teens as it is quite something out of the ordinary! (11horncastlea.wordpress.com)
I can't stop thinking about this book. Virginia Bergin's The Rain is unlike any apocalyptic novel I've read, mostly due to the hilarious and quirky but utterly believable narrator Ruby Morris. (ashleighonline.wordpress.com)
Utterly brilliant... loved with a passion. (lizlovesbooks.com)
The Rain is just wonderful, there is no instalove, there is just plain getting on with it with lots of shoplifting, attempting to drive and trying to survive whilst making sure you look nice! I really think you should read this book, you need to remember it is written from a 15 year olds POV, there is a lot of moaning and being selfish but it's funny, heartwarming, cringy, sad and terrifying, it is truly amazing. (redheatherduff.blogspot.co.uk)
The Rain was hilarious and really well written from the viewpoint of a teenager. (heyhollyjune.blogspot.co.uk)
It’s in the rain . . .
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I wanted to like Ruby, but she is one of the most annoying protagonists I have ever met. The world has changed, and the majority of the population are dead. This is a time to grow up and mature, to take responsibility for oneself – as Simon put it to “THINK”. Yet Ruby spends the majority of the time moaning about the lack of mobile phone service, and how she looks. She also constantly forgets to look up in case it is raining. She wastes water so that she can maintain appearances. I know people have different coping mechanisms, and yes I can image that some people would go and do what Ruby does – take expensive things, loot houses. But what I can’t understand is her lack of self-preservation.
Ruby survives only on luck and the skills of others. Also I expected Ruby to grow, maybe actually check that it is not raining. But on this long journey – to London no less – we end up back where we started, literally. What was the point? Ruby does not need to be someone who runs around, saving the day. She just needs to be more self-aware and less selfish, to think of the needs of others.
Also there were a fair few potholes, that frustrated me. How did the animals survive?! Ruby tells of the dogs chomping on bits of human, but somehow this immunisation is never explained. I felt that there the plot varied on the author’s whim, to create tension or fear, leading to a lack of clarity.
However The Rain did feel like a fifteen year old’s diary – a place where Ruby is free to moan and complain – she does not need to keep up appearances. Ruby’s voice provides an interesting take on the experience of living in the dystopia world. Overall I think you will either love or hate this book – it ultimately comes down to how much Ruby annoys you.
The overall plot of this story was intriguing and I was constantly thinking about how would I survive? or how would I stay hydrated? So scary and unthinkable!
I thought the main character Ruby was also a realistic portrayal of a teenager thrown into a life-altering situation. She was initially very stubborn-minded, rash and stuck in her usual routine but as she was exposed to more and more elements of the story she developed as a character and learnt to survive and be a fighter. I thought this was very realistic - I know from my own perspective that if this situation happened today, I'd still be stuck in routines such as being aware of what you look like e.g. putting make up on before leaving the house or wondering where your phone is, even if it doesn't work. These are everyday things we do on autopilot so I think it would take a while to stop doing these things hence why I felt Ruby's character was realistic. I did get a little annoyed with her sometimes though at her recklessness of not checking the sky when leaving a car or house but again, autopilot syndrome I guess.
I also really liked that this was a UKYA book and author. I loved that the book was set in the South West of England and I know of, or could picture, some of the settings in the story.
Overall a fantastic story and I highly recommend!
The Rain is poisoned. If one drop touches you, you will die a painful death. As a global disaster occurs, Ruby must try to survive and find her family, whilst the world is turned upside down, and those you once knew turn against one another for the fight for water. With no communications, they are all on their own.
Our main protagonist, Ruby, is the one whom ruined this novel for me. An apocalyptic novel with this plot enables the reader to see the growth and self-discovery of an individual, how they become resourceful and someone who grows to find themself. Ruby certainly did not do that. I understand people would cope in different ways, but I am sorry for I do not understand these aspects:
1) Her vanity- she was constantly obsessed with her appearance. Ruby dyed her hair, was worried about the fact that she had no make-up, then when she did was constantly applying it. And she wore expensive evening dresses… I mean did she NOT REALISE IT WAS POURING DOWN WITH POISONED RAIN! And she was worried about people seeing her with no make-up and messy hair, and completely covered in waterproofs designed TO SAVE HER LIFE?! Ahh! She was an incredibly immature protagonist who was obsessed with caring what others thought of her when, sorry to put it bluntly, but most people had sadly been poisoned and had died.
2) The way she spoke about others, specifically Darius - see the thing I felt, was that Ruby was the foolish one. She would mock the idea of Spratt with his schooling and how he preferred to stay inside so he could revise for his exams that were fast approaching. She would constantly be picky about everything, then they began to have a friendship and as soon as an old friend turned up she shoved him away in embarrassment of being seen with him! Agh! He was the only friend she had! Darius was sweet and friendly, doing everything he could to help her and Princess, his evolvement as a character was pleasant to see.
3) I was unable to connect with Ruby. There was nothing I was able to relate to and therefore was unable to understand situations from her perspective.
The plot of this novel is what saved it. So unique and imaginative, though there were plot holes, it was addictive and interesting to see a new perspective of an apocalyptic novel. The plot was fast pace and intriguing, I did not want to put it down as I just wanted to know what would happen next. I also liked the aspect of how some situations were rather realistic, for example the riots and fights. This enables one as a reader to truly visualise the events occurring. Especially with that ending!
An addictive and unique novel, though sadly our protagonist was what took the stars away.
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