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The Rain

JUST ONE DROP WILL KILL YOU

One minute fifteen-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 realise that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a single drop of rain could 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 . . . to find her dad . . . and to survive.

NOMINATED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2015
SHORTLISTED FOR THE OXFORDSHIRE BOOK AWARD 2015
WINNER: STEYNING GRAMMAR SCHOOL BRILLIANT BOOKS AWARDS 2015

SHORTLISTED FOR THE LANCASHIRE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015
SHORTLISTED FOR THE SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S BOOK PRIZE 2015
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GRAMPIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2016
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WARWICKSHIRE SECONDARY BOOK AWARDS 2016

UK publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication date: July 17, 2014
ISBN: 9781447266068

Reviews

‘I love the idea of the water killing people. It’s poison. It’s fatal . . . This story gives the reader a chance to see how a world of nearly-everything-is-unknown-except-that-the-water-is-EVIL looks to a teenage girl who thinks she knows EVERYTHING.’

Katrina June

“The Rain left me speechless!” (Alice) “this is superb!” (Lola) “This is a must read book.” (Sarah) “The Rain is an amazing book. It is very creative and exciting.” (Verity) “This book is one of the most moving and funniest books I have ever read.” (Katie) “I had a golf ball sized lump in my throat from the moment the rain began to fall but I could not tear my eyes from the page.” (Delilah) “an incredible novel that was different to anything I’ve ever read.” (Izzy) “I loved every part of this book it was amazing!!!!!” (Imogen)

Lovereading4kids

“You NEED to read this!” (MP!ER Katie) “I am glad I took a chance with this book as it was a book that I couldn’t bear to put down as I kept wanting to know what would happen next.” (MP!ER Beth) “The Rain takes you on an epic, emotional journey” (MP!ER Roisin) “The author of this book is a very talented person and she should keep it up.” (MP!ER Areeba) “The book makes you laugh as well as want to scream… in a good way.” (MP!ER Jennifer)

Maximum Pop! Book Club

“I’m sure there are plenty of 16 year olds out there who would become worldly wise overnight if faced with such a thing, who would immediately drop all the teenage angst and become an adult immediately, Ruby is not one of them and for that I adored her.”

Liz Loves Books

“Tense, scary, and high emotion, The Rain will have you on the edge of your seat and afraid to step outside.”

Dark Readers

“So, in a post apocalyptic sense, the reader is left pondering over impossibilities and uncertainties, and then imagine that story written with a new danger and fresh ‘journey’, and you’ll probably sum up The Rain fairly well.”

Book Lover’s Life

“Funny, heartwarming, cringy, sad and terrifying, it is truly amazing.”

Heather Duff, Random Redheaded Ramblings

“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.”

Ashleigh Online

“Not a novel about the British summer but a nightmare vision of the future where a single drop of rain can kill. Ruby Morris has survived so far but she needs to find her father and she could really do without being stuck with Darius Spratt.”

Sarah Kingsford, Sunday Express

‘Bergin presents Ruby’s story as a firsthand document of life after widespread disaster. The diary-style narration emphasizes Ruby’s distinctly teenage response to society’s end—she rescues too many abandoned pets, loots her favorite boutiques without shame, and holds tightly to the unlikely hope that her father is still alive—and her strong, spontaneous voice lends a touch of dark comedy to the post-apocalyptic doom and gloom. The challenges Ruby faces on the road to locate her father are significant, but watching Ruby draw strength from her ability to tell her own story is as inspiring as it is harrowing.’ (THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE)

The Horn Book Magazine

‘Ruby’s candid, addicting narration brought this terrifying and wholly plausible story to life. This is a book you’ll devour all at once–from the safety of your umbrella!’

Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN and VITRO

‘Creepy and realistic. H2O left me thirsting for more.’

Kristen Simmons, author of ARTICLE 5 and BREAKING POINT

‘Enthralled & heartbroken by THE RAIN.  Apocalypse fiction with funny, believable teen narrator – ace.’

Imogen Russell Williams, reviewer for The Guardian Online and Metro

“A funny, smart, wonderfully British dystopia”

Katherine Woodfine, Booktrust
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