No one ever thinks of something as innocent as the rain as being deadly until now. Read The Rain and your may not want to venture out for quite a long time!

AUTHOR: Virginia Bergin
PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books
400 Pages

It’s in the rain . . . The first book in this heart-stopping survival thriller series

One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool.

As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . . ‘

That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start . . .

After rescuing all the neighbourhood dogs, Ruby sets off on a journey that will take her the length of the country – surviving in the only way she knows how.

After the destruction of an asteroid close to the Earth years ago, no one really thought any more of it – that was until one day the rain came. Ruby Morris is at a party with friends when it comes, and soon comes to realise who deadly the rain can be. Suddenly as people die all around her, and England becomes a ghost town, Ruby finds herself alone and with very little supplies. So she sets off from Devon to London to find her dad, no prepared for what she will encounter along the way.

After all the other post-apocalyptic novels out there at the moment, the premises of this YA novel was surprisingly refreshing. The fact that it’s the rain out to get you (especially in England where it always seems to rain) make for quite a creepy read.

There is barely any initial story before the author dumps our protagonist 16 year-old Ruby into the thick of it, and from there the plot moves thick and fast right the way until the end. The characters themselves are well thought out, and very real – you can very easily picture them, and it makes it very easy to empathise with them. Yes Ruby can be a bit annoying at times, but as a teenager who has lost everything I think you can forgive her, and I know I had a lump in my throat a number of times.

This was a really great book that I demolished in a couple of days. And as this is the first in a series (The second book The Storm is out 26th February 2015) I’m really looking forward to seeing where the author will go from here.

A brilliant novel what will make you think twice about going out next time that it rains.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: darkphoenix1701

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