The Rains [Book Review & Giveaway]

The Rains [Book Review & Giveaway]
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Title: The Rains
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published Date: 19th October 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you to publisher for the review copy*
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Synopsis: In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek’s Cause turns
into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his
older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected
adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are
hiding. Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once-trusted
adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed
them takes hold after people turn eighteen—and Patrick’s birthday is only a few
weeks away. 

Determined to save Patrick’s life and the lives of
the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about
the parasites—and what they find is horrifying.

Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and
Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.

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Review: The Rains was a novel I looked forward
to reading because I’d been reading a lot of contemporary novels. I wanted
something with a bit more action in it amp up the suspense. I don’t think I
realised just how much suspense I was in for.
Immediately, I fell in love with the writing style. The
author’s writing isn’t particularly beautiful, but he writes the novel in a way
which incorporates the reader themselves into the story. I especially liked it
because it made the plot and the characters feel more real to me, and made me
care for them all the more. This especially happens at the beginning and the
end of the novel.
The beginning of the novel was also an incredible start.
You clearly saw how it was a good set up for the novel. Hurwitz also does a
brilliant job of describing Creeks Cause without giving us long sections of
description, which I could really appreciate it. I liked the slightly home
town, country feel the setting gave the novel all around.
It was so interesting to see how the disease erupted and
spread throughout the land, but at the same time it was done well because it
showed how sad it was to have parents turning on their own children. The
explanation for how and why this happens is always a make and break factor in a
book or movie like this one. And Hurwitz nailed it. I loved how he took a real
scientific explanation that other animals may follow, and applied it to this
situation. It added a touch of realism to the novel, despite it being
science-fiction.
Sometimes the discovery of what they needed or wanted to
know happened a bit too easily. For example, they needed to know the age of
when you would turn, and it was very convenient that at that moment there was
someone who were turning that age right there when they needed it. So of
course, they had all the answers they needed. But to be fair, this happened
only once or twice, so it wasn’t a big deal.
I also liked the themes in this one too. There was the
theme of good and bad betrayed. I mean, we get to see how people react to what
is happening around them, and this novel clearly demonstrates how a situation
such as this one could bring out the best and the worst in people. Despite
there being plenty enough happening with the main plot, we also get character
conflicts too, which were great.
This is also a real coming of age novel. As we have our
main character, Chance, who is a younger brother. He feels like he is always in
his older brother’s shadow, and therefore never really gets his time to shine.
But gradually, throughout the novel we really see him morph into a young adult
from a child. He becomes stronger, more independent, but he remains just as
smart as he always has been. I really loved Chance’s character, so I enjoyed
reading along with him on that journey.
There’s plenty of action in this movie. It was epic, and
the suspense was always up high on the suspense-o-meter…

  

There was some romance, but it wasn’t the forefront of
the story. In fact, by the end of the novel there is a bit of an awkward
romance situation. BUT it has nothing to do with insta love, or a love
triangle. None of the stereotypical love issues, and yet there still is a love
issue. Unique right? I was so happy!
And last but not least, this one ended on a massive
cliffhanger. It was so huge, that I am not looking forward to waiting a year or
whatever the duration will be until the sequel. Nooo…
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Links: Goodreads and Amazon!
Olivia’s Question: If you had to choose one type of
building to hide in, which would you choose? I’m going for a church!
Olivia-Savannah Roach


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