Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Rain by Virginia Bergin

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley.
The Rain
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

The Rain by Virginia Bergin

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Rain(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley.)
15-year-old Ruby is more concerned with snogging some boy than the ‘Rain’ – contaminated water that kills you if you touch even one drop.
Will Ruby survive the Rain? Do we really want her to?

Not only did this book have a really stupid and annoying main character, it had a really rubbish ending!

Ruby was annoying. It was that simple. Why on earth you’d be worried about your make-up, wear a sequined dress, or go looting stores for rhinestone jewellery when 99% of the population was dead was a bit beyond me. How she even survived for as long as she did was pure luck, this girl was just a little too stupid to survive in my opinion.

The storyline in this sounded good, but just didn’t work out all that well. Whether it was just Ruby’s stupidity that ruined it I don’t know, but I didn’t really enjoy this book. I usually like this kind of dystopian/survival story, but this one just didn’t cut it. I also wonder why the heck the animals that were chewing on dead people didn’t die when this thing was supposed to be so contagious?
There was one surprise in there, that was a bit shocking, but unfortunately that was it, and ultimately it just led me to believe that Ruby was even more doomed.

As if this darn book wasn’t bad enough, just when I was thinking I might be generous and give this book 2.5 stars, we got to the ending. So, did this end with a happily ever after? Did we get some idea that Ruby might be safe? Might go on to live a long and happy life?
In short. No. The story just stopped. Ended. Dumped Ruby right back to square one, and abandoned her there (moaning about the loss of her mobile phone). I kid you not. Do I have to tell you how unimpressed I am about that?
Overall; an annoying main character, and a non-ending,
4 out of 10.

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