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.
About the Author
Virginia Bergin learned to roller-skate with the children of eminent physicists. She grew up in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and went on to study psychology, but ruined her own career when, dabbling in fine art at Central Saint Martins, she rediscovered creative writing. Since then she has written poetry, short stories, film and TV scripts. Most recently she has been working in online education, creating interactive courses for The Open University. She currently lives on a council estate in Bristol and has taken to feeding the birds in between writing the sequel, H202.
Overall I found the concept interesting, there is a flood (no pun intended) of zombie apocalypse books out at the moment but the idea of the rain being poisoned was different. The characters were likable and flawed and it was realistic in the events that befell them all, no super powers to save them here! * NetGalley * Tense, scary, and high emotion, The Rain will have you on the edge of your seat and afraid to step outside. * dark-readers.com * Distinctly British dystopian survival thriller. Great page turner, and I particularly enjoyed the very normal heroine after so many Katniss-lites. * The Bookseller * A gripping- page turner with moments of surreal humour and great tenderness - not to mention dread as the raindrops fall. * The Bookseller * Is not a novel about the English summer but a nightmare vision of the future where a single drop of rain can kill. * express.co.uk * The Rain' left me speechless! It is such a unique thriller that was very fast paced - I would recommend this book to all teens as it is quite something out of the ordinary! * 11horncastlea.wordpress.com * I can't stop thinking about this book. Virginia Bergin's The Rain is unlike any apocalyptic novel I've read, mostly due to the hilarious and quirky but utterly believable narrator Ruby Morris. * ashleighonline.wordpress.com * Utterly brilliant... loved with a passion. * lizlovesbooks.com * The Rain is just wonderful, there is no instalove, there is just plain getting on with it with lots of shoplifting, attempting to drive and trying to survive whilst making sure you look nice! I really think you should read this book, you need to remember it is written from a 15 year olds POV, there is a lot of moaning and being selfish but it's funny, heartwarming, cringy, sad and terrifying, it is truly amazing. * redheatherduff.blogspot.co.uk * The Rain was hilarious and really well written from the viewpoint of a teenager. * heyhollyjune.blogspot.co.uk *
For Ages: 12+ years old
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Type: Unabridged