The Rain by Virgina Bergin

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I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

One day Ruby is dragged into her friends kitchen by his parents, the radio on, with someone muttering, ‘It’s in the rain’. Nearly everyone she knows is dead from the rain, and from drinking water from the taps, not knowing that it will kill them too. Ruby tries to make her way down to London to get to her Dad.

I went into this with pretty low expectations after reading some of the reviews on goodreads. It is safe to say that it did not exceed by expectations. One thing I didn’t really like was the writing. Ruby is 16 years old, yet her writing makes her seem younger. It is full of … and comments in brackets, and statements in capital letters and exclamation points. It may appeal to some people, I just wasn’t one of them. I wasn’t too fond of the ending, as she literally just ended up where she started, and it just seemed like a wasted trip, with no gain of anything what so ever. Also I don’t understand how the animals weren’t getting infected? Was it just a human disease? We didn’t really get much clarification of that. It was a good premise, but I think it was not executed very well.

I don’t think I have ever met a more annoying protagonist. She lives in this world where one drop of rain may kill her, and she spends hours riding around shopping. She risks her life to get new clothes and jewellery and shoes and bags, and make-up. She fake tans herself and dyes her hair. I’m sure the last thing anyone would be bothered about in a pandemic is how you look. Yet this, and finding her dad, was all she seemed to care about. The other characters were OK, such as Darius and even Princess. It was just Ruby that got on my nerves.

Overall, not a book I would personally recommend.

MY RATING: ★★☆☆☆
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