MP!er Katie shares her thoughts on ‘apocalyptic science fiction’ by Virginia Bergin.

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Katie shares her thoughts on ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin. The first in a series of cling to your seat sci-fi thrillers.

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Describe the plot of ‘The Rain’ in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
There’s something in the rain, something deadly… Ruby Morris must find a way to survive and get to London, meeting some interesting survivors on the way!
What genre would you class the book as?
A piece of apocalyptic, science fiction for fans of the YA genre.
What did you think of the ‘The Rain’?

The Rain is an AMAZING read!! I could not put it down! I am a big fan of stories set post apocalypse and this is one of the best examples of the genre I have read for a long time. The characters are so lifelike and relatable that you find yourself completely involved. I honestly felt I had lost some friends once I finished reading – which wasn’t long as I raced to the end, devouring each page as if it was the very last book in the world!

What was the best bit?
I love how real the character of Ruby is. She is relatable and totally going through all the thoughts and feelings I would be if I was in her “it’s the end of the world” position. She is quite different from a lot of recent central characters within YA fiction because she does things wrong, she isn’t perfect and she doesn’t often try to be. I found it refreshing to read about a character who wasn’t all bravo heroics! I liked that Ruby was worried about what her make up, hair or clothes looked like.

I thought the part where Ruby was in the army camp was a brilliant piece of writing. It was described so well I really thought I was there.  Ruby’s thoughts and emotions during this part of the book really demonstrate how far she has come and developed as a character.

Anything you didn’t like?
I found the butterfly icon used throughout the text annoying. I understand why it was used but I personally found it detracted a little from the flow of reading.
Would you recommend ‘The Rain’ to your friends?
Most definitely! In fact I keep being told to be quiet about it as I can’t stop talking about it!
Do you think it would appeal to boys or girls more? Or both?
I think mostly girls. Mainly because Ruby talks often about very girly things (such as the major disaster when she overdoes the fake tan and hair dye!) and her feelings (her kiss with Casper, her thoughts when locked in a cupboard with Darius…) not to say that boys won’t enjoy it either! Just that girls will recognise something of themselves in Ruby and so find it easier to relate.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about the book?
Just that you NEED to read this! (And I really, really hope there is anther book!! I must know what happens!)

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