Review: The Rain by Virginia Bergin (no spoilers)

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The Rain 

Author: Virginia Bergin

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Genres: Young Adult, Teen, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Horror.

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.

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AHH I was super excited to start reading this book!

So, The Rain or H2O is an apocalyptic thriller centering around the premise of deadly rain.

But… When I started reading, I guess I was not expecting “Ruby”… She just.. Argh! … She is a mean girl, popular in her high school, selfish and childish, which causes her to just miss what is actually important …she has no self preservation whatsoever! But, she is realistic. She just turned 15 and for sure she is not mature and the rain didn’t suddenly make her smarter, more likable, or brave. She does have some very good qualities in her (and she can be a nice person in her own way), and she also realizes some mistakes she has made along the way. It’s definitely a love/hate situation with her.

I loved the concept of the killer rain, and I got immersed in the world. The panic and the lack of information passed to the society made it seem very realistic. I always get drawn to kind of apocalyptic books, but this one is, is just wow for me. Rain that kills you, is just… creepy and genius.

(There was one thing that I just didn’t make sense for me… Why does the rain only affect people? Not animals? Doesn’t make much sense to me…)

Also, I should point out, that the writing at first was a bit difficult to get into in the first 50 pages, but you get used to that fast!

But in the end I really liked this book and I am for sure picking up the last book! This book provokes a rollercoaster of emotions, sadness, anger, thirst, panic, stress and hope.

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Do you like Apocalyptic books?

If you do what’s your favorite?

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