Curriculum Vital

    It never rains but it pours
    The Storm, by Virginia Bergin

    This is the second installment of Virginia Bergin's series, The Rain. If you haven't read the first one take a look at our review HERE and get on the bandwagon!

    Ruby's isolation has taken its toll. She's done some sensible things with her time since the first book. The library has been a source of research, and she's picked up some handy pointers on car maintenance and survival techniques. The rest of her time is less productive. "The thing about going a bit mental is it's hard to realise that's what's happening."

    Planet Ruby is a lonely place, and since her first tale she now has no mission apart from to stay put and wait. As you read on the question that comes to you is... how long has she been waiting? It's clear that she's not coping, she's cried the pain away and now she's crying because of the stress. She's crazed and her memory is some what patchy, and I found this part of the book a little challenging to read. I re-read some parts as Ruby gets "chatty", I found that I was speed reading at the pace I imagined her to be talking... which shows some great ability to get the character across, but for me was a little too fast to read only once. In the first book it was much easier to have some idea of time, but in this one she's lost track, and so do you.

    Her solitude can explain most of her behaviour, the state of her house and her erratic lifestyle more than likely contribute to the rest. She's become wary of strangers, which probably started when she watched her step-dad die at the hand of one in The Rain. Ruby's rehabilitation comes with the help of her least liked person... but even your enemy is a friend if they're not a stranger.

    The reappearance of her frienemy finally gives her what she needs to get back on her feet, a horribly big dose of reality. The phrase "the grass is always greener" is never so clear until she gets into the army base and the horrible truth comes to light. That's when you get that moment... "I can't believe I didn't think of that in the first place". You get so caught up in her discovery and anger that you don't really notice that she's outside... and it's raining. It's not really much of a surprise though, as it is on the cover after all! Now you realise that she wasn't as lucky as you first assumed.

    Unfortunately she hasn't become any more likeable in this second instalment. If I was a friend or loved one she was coming to rescue I'd be pretty irritated that she stopped on the way to dye her hair, get some new clothes and paint her nails in the middle of a global crisis. Despite the reality check at the beginning of the book and her brush with serious personal danger, she hasn't learnt much more in the way of common sense at all. She still can't always see further than herself, and manages to accidentally endanger a variety of people she meets along the way.

    After reading the first book I was really excited to read this one. It was another enjoyable one, but a bit more difficult to get through than the first. Ruby can be a tad challenging! There are a few things left unanswered in the end, but after the revelation from The Rain to The Storm it just gives you things to think over while you hope for the third book in the series.

    As with the first book it would appeal to a wide range of readers. With new locations and situations it keeps that broad range, but she is still a bit girly sometimes!

    By Emma, staff review.

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    The Rain by Virginia Bergin