Monday, October 5, 2015

Book #Review: H20 by Virigina Bergin .@Sourcebooks ..@VeeBergin

Book Title: H20 (The Rain)
Author:  Virginia Bergin |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
Format: ebook, Paperback
Cost: $16.99
Pages: 336
How I got it: BEA 2014  
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: October 2014
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.27 is a number Ruby hates. It's a number that marks the percentage of the population that has survived. It's a number that means she's one of the "lucky" few still standing. And it's a number that says her father is probably dead. Against all odds, Ruby has survived the catastrophic onset of the killer rain. Two weeks after the radio started broadcasting the warning, "It's in the rain. It's fatal and there's no cure," the drinkable water is running out. Ruby's left with two options: persevere on her own, or embark on a treacherous journey across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive.

I read this in one day. I picked it up not really knowing what it was about, just knowing I wanted something new to read and boy did I get it!! I loved this book, because the lead character was pretty bad ass for a fifteen year old girl and really she did exactly what I would have done as a kid.  Thrown into a world on the brink of extinction Ruby's trying to find a way back to normal, as each hour seems to bring with it a new and worse blow to her small world.

I loved that Ruby was willing to learn, adapt, listen and try her best to stay alive, at first she did what anyone would do, they didn't believe it was happening because really how the heck would this happen.  This takes place in a world where a cataclysmic event took place many years before and like most kids Ruby couldn't care less about what was happening whole continents away, not until it literally showed up in her backyard.

Once the story started going it just kept moving, new things were learnt, new and even more drastic changes were made as trial and error showed them what to do and what not to do especially because the consequences are so fatal if you screw up.

My heart raced throughout the whole book because I didn't know who was going to survive, the author wasn't afraid to go ahead and rip away any semblance of normalcy and show humanity at it's most basic, and you have to wonder if this is happening here in this small town outside of London, what's happening in more crowded cities?? In the deserts?? The Rain forests?? places where it was becoming monsoon season or even just on coastal areas??  It painted a bleak picture and yet considering what happened in New Orleans after Katrina this was pretty sadly realistic.

I found myself laughing with Ruby, screeching at her for being dumb (then remembering she's only 14 about to turn 15 years old so dumb is apart of her trajectory).  I cried when plans failed and when humans showed that they sucked even in the end of times, and teared up when they showed so much compassion.  This was a sad, brutal and great story.  Personally I knew if this was one written for adults, there would have been a few more scary situations because we all know what happens when there is no law to protect the innocent, and sometimes the scum of humanity somehow find a way to survive when good people die.

I loved Ruby's voice, I loved that she was so real, I say it all the time, If I'm in NYC when the Zombie apocalypse happens and I don't die, one of the first places I'm going is Tiffany's my sister laughs all the time because she says I can't do anything with all that bling, why yes I can. When currency no longer exists the only thing that's going to matter are the things you can trade, food cloths, water and fire, but even in the most desperate of times, people are going to want to feel good about themselves, and a little bit of bling will help with that.  So I totally believed when Ruby detoured for some girl time fun, with no one to stop her, why not be selfish?? Besides it's not like other people are going to need it anytime soon.

I loved how the story progressed, from Ruby's failures to her triumphs, to her attempts to keep some of her humanity alive.  Her sense of humor and her desperation.  This has been a treat to read and I was so happy I had the second one with me to dive right into and learn Ruby's fate.

Highly recommend for those looking for a fast pace read.
Happy Reading

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