Title: The Rain
Author: Virginia Bergin
Publisher: Macmillan’s Children’s Books
Published: July 17th 2014
Source:: Netgalley Copy
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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.
When One Drop
The concept of this book really caught my attention and it was the best thing about this book. I can not imagine how difficult it would be if the rain was contaminated and had the potential to kill you. Hell, I struggled to live without running water in the flat for two days! Sadly, however, the concept was also one of the only things in this book that I enjoyed. I found the main protagonist extremely hard to read about and there were a few too many inconsistencies for me. So while I liked this book, it wasn’t anything spectacular or amazing and probably not a book that I would revist.
Can Kill You
Alongside the concept, I did like how this books plot went. I was very interested in following the journey that the characters took and liked all the different turns that appeared throughout the book. There were a few moments that I didn’t like and just didn’t work for me personally but overall I did like everything that occured in the book. This is the kind of book that makes you think things might finally be okay and then a curveball gets thrown and ruins that which is something that I do like in books.
How Do You
The reason I struggled to fully enjoy and engage with this book is because the main protagonist, Ruby, irritated me so much. She was our narrator and I know that if I met her in real life, we would not have been friends. She was shallow, selfish, and a snob. I believed that by the end of this novel this may have changed but no, she was still just as frustrating and thus it ruined my enjoyment because I wanted to throw her across the room throughout the entire book. I can only wish that she really does change and grow in the next book; The Storm.
Learn to Survive?
This book had so much potential. I have heard a great many good reviews about it too but it simply did not work for me at all. I am probably being nitpicky and irritating about the reasons why I didn’t love it but as a reader, I’m allowed to do this. But before you believe I hated this book, remember that I finished it. I also found it to be addictive, fast-paced, full of action and incredibly eerie and creepy. It could have been an exceptional and unique dystopian but instead it was just an entertaining and emotional read that didn’t quite hit the mark.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **