Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Rain by Virginia Bergin

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

My thanks go to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for providing me with this e-ARC. 

Pages: 384
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Released: 17th of July 2014

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.

What I Have To Say

Every so often a book comes along that really makes you think. What would happen if the apocalyspe came? What would happen if half the world suddenly died from a deadly disease? The Rain brought up a lot of issues that I hadn't even considered. What would happen to all the pets trapped in people's houses with no access to food or water. 

It was the mundane things such as this that made the book so fun to read. And the fact that Ruby cared so much about her neighbours. The way she had to knock on every door even if there was no chance of them being alive. That and that she went around rescuing all the dogs.

Although, Ruby was a really terrible character. I mean aside from her interest in celebrity magazines, which is just not to my taste, she often seemed heartless, especially towards her stepdad, who she just showed no grief for.

I did like that she developed well though. While still kerping the core of the character intact, the Ruby at the start of the book was so much more capable, not just at looking after herself, but using her brain as well.

I was disappointed about not seeing how a lot of the characters ended up though. Without giving too much away, there were a few characters that disappeared towards the end of the book that we never found out about.

Honestly, this book had a lot of potential, but it just didn't quite hit the mark. An enjoyable read that really makes you think, but don't expect too much from it.

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