The Storm


In this sequel to The Rain Ruby’s fight for survival continues in a world where water is deadly.

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.

My name is Ruby Morris. I hate rain.

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 realises 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 . . .

UK publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication date: February 26, 2015
ISBN: 9781447266105

Reviews for The Storm

“Compelling sequel with plenty of humour as well as sad, poignant bits & a heroine who becomes more likeable as she grows in self-awareness. Well worth having.” (H. Middleton, Librarian) “I LOVED this book. . . This is every kind of fantastic that it could possibly be.” (Waterstones Bookseller) “Arrgh! I read this book too quickly! . . . It’s hard to write a review without giving to much away, all I can say is have tissues at hand and enjoy.”  (Waterstones Bookseller) “I adored this book and will be forcing it into everyone’s hands when they come into the store, young or old!” (Waterstones Bookseller, Dorking)

NetGalley Reviews

“The Road for this generation of stroppy, growing-up-too-quickly iPhone-owning teens, and a roller-coaster ride for those of us who occasionally like to forget how old we are and, putting aside our hard science fiction, dive into something different.”

Cumbrian Sky

“It’s compelling reading, and Ruby is a really appealing character, her sense of humour a constant counterpoint to the horror of the situation; basically, as she’d say, you really root for her to save the world.” 


“The Storm has enough twists and turns to keep you happy and is definitely a gripper (good luck trying to put it down) whilst being unpredictable all the while. . . The Storm is an incredibly realistic spin on the world as we know it and certainly leaves you wanting more.”

Delve into Dystopia

“Overall a really really terrific read – I stormed through it (yes that was on purpose) and adored every sassy super moment of it.”

Liz Loves Books

“This book was so much more action packed and crazier than the first book! Seriously it was so mysterious and crazy! Great! I loved Ruby’s development between the first and the second book and I love her vast knowledge and how strong willed and adult-like she is in this book!”

Alex in Bookland

“I’m struggling to put into words how much I love this book . . . Virginia Bergin’s humorous writing style is absolute genius.”

Ashleigh Online