I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Storm by Virginia Bergin
Series: The Rain #2
Published by Pan Macmillan on February 1, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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"I'll tell you a weird thing about apocalypses - a thing I didn't even know until I was in one: they seem pretty bad, don't they? Well, take it from me: they can always get worse."
Three months after the killer rain first fell, Ruby is beginning to realise her father might be dead . . . and that she cannot survive alone. When a chance encounter lands her back in the army camp, Ruby thinks she is safe - at a price. Being forced to live with Darius Spratt is bad enough, but if Ruby wants to stay she must keep her eyes - and her mouth - shut. It's not going to happen. When she realizes what is going on - the army is trying to find a cure by experimenting on human subjects - Ruby flips out . . . and makes an even more shocking discovery: she's not useless at all. The Storm begins . . .
So my review of The Rain wasn’t very positive. In fact it was quite clear that I disliked the book. But that review is one of the most popular ones on the blog, so seeing The Storm on Netgalley made me wonder if I was missing something. So I requested it.
This was way, way better than The Rain, for starters Ruby is nowhere near as annoying. Not all issues of self-preservation are gone, but she is slightly smarter in her survival approach. Learning about clouds was a good move Ruby!
But Ruby still makes the same mistakes. Namely running backwards and forwards between bad people because it suits her at the time. I just wanted to shout Stop it! And like previously she tries to dump the people who tag a long with her. Just stick together, you can’t be alone because you do stupid things.
There is a lot of repetitiveness and predictability in this book. I bet you can predict what happens too 🙂 And for me that brought the story down even further.
Annoyingly, I was left with a rushed ending and questions unanswered. Was it really that simple? And what happened to some of the characters that Ruby managed to push away?
Overall, The Storm was a better sequel, and one with the interesting premise of how to survive the rain when one drop can kill you. If you found The Rain interesting but Ruby annoying you will probably prefer this story.