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 days 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. – Goodreads.com
When I initially read the description of this book, it sounded kind of zombie-ish, but some reviewers had mentioned The Rains was different, not the usual trope – so I gave it a chance.
The action starts almost immediately and there are some fantastic tension-filled, hold-your-breath moments throughout the story. The author does a wonderful job at showing Chance’s insecurities when comparing himself to his brother, both through his journal entries and actions, and also at emphasizing not everyone’s strengths lie in the same areas. Chance and Patrick have had to rely on each other from a very early age after experiencing heartbreaking losses, and their relationship is one of my favorite things about this book.
There are a few unexpected twists near the end – some I found interesting, another not so much, but no spoilers here. I liked the direction this story was heading and couldn’t imagine where it would go from there, but then a surprising revelation is made, and the walls of this suspenseful novel collapsed around me. I felt cheated. For some readers, this may be a welcome turn of events, heightening the excitement for the next book, so I may be in the minority.
Overall, I enjoyed The Rains and would recommend it to post-apocalyptic fans – it’s well-written and has some likable characters, but was disappointed that it took a well worn path at the end. This book is scheduled for publication October 18, 2016.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.