2014 EVENTS:
Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and James Dawson - 30th October
Becca Fitzpatrick - 15th November

Friday, 22 August 2014

REVIEW: The Rain - Virginia Bergin

Friday, 22 August 2014
GENRE: Dystopia
PAGES: 400
PUBLISHER: Macmillan
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

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'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.

Wow, this book is AWESOME! Ruby is a fantastic narrator, the first person perspective really puts you into Ruby's shoes as she deals with the catastrophic events that take place throughout the novel. What I found scary was the fact that it seemed so believable, I could honestly imagine this happening and it made me want to stock pile bottled water, tinned food and waterproof clothing! I loved the fact that instead of being like a lot of narrators in dystopian novels, they readily accept their situations and get on with it without question - Ruby questions the insanity of what is happening to her and makes it seem much more realistic. I was riveted to her journey and couldn't wait to find out what would happen in each new chapter. The ending was brilliant, I'm just really hoping there's another book as I'm not ready to be finished with Ruby yet!

- Gem.

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