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- Publication Date: May 25, 2017
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- Language: English
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I’m going to start off this review by saying there are so many things wrong with this book, I really don’t know where to begin. I’ll put some issues here in the plot category but some may belong in the Writing category. Maybe putting and * next to them as I move through the plot will help.
So, some chemical in the rain over New Hampton causes some people to mutate (turn different colors, unlock various super human or inhuman abilities). *However, some people already have special abilities that weren’t caused by the rain and have had them for years. Not explained.
A reporter wants to know the inside scoop on what the government is doing about this and especially what a Doctor Zhirkov has to do with it. *Nothing is explained how everything started, what the reporter was writing about, the origin of her story, or how she discovered Zhirkov’s name.
The mayor obsesses over ridding New Hampton of all criminals and wants Zhirkov to cure his son who, apparently, has a mutation that makes him a bad guy. *This isn’t explained either so I was lost when it concerned the mayor’s son. The mayor doesn’t seem to do much else, either, in regards to his job.
Then there’s a guy who plays an avenger, killing criminals. *Not sure where he comes from and I don’t understand his role other than to upset the mayor.
There’s sort of a P.I. who works for Zhikov and tries to find out about certain people in whom the doctor is interested. *Apparently, the doctor lost track of some of these special people after he discovered them years before.
And, of course, Zhirkov, who works out of a run down lab, doing experiments with some of the more-than-humans, including one who appears to be immortal. *Where he started, his background, and several other aspects of this part of the book isn’t explained either.
*This was a hodge-podge of characters affected either before the chemicals in the rain or after it rains, or by stepping into a fresh water puddle. Characters try to either survive or find answers or both.
Jack Whitlock: brown hair, blue eyes
Evaline Thornton: reporter, a bit over 5’, long blonde hair, late 20s, mother dead
Ivan Dash: mayor, has a son, grey white hair
Alexander Zhirkov: 60s, thin white hair, hook nose, wears glasses
Aurora: dark brown hair and eyes, tan
Several other characters and I liked nobody. Part of the way some of these people described is vague. Zhirkov is described as being mid to late 60s. Pick one. In fact, pick a specific age. The only way this works is if his age were being guessed at by another character, but that’s not how it’s written. Zhirkov is too enigmatic, tries to be too sly. Dash is a loon. Evaline has no spine. There’s a Doctor Fattal who is supposed to assist Zhirkov but doesn’t seem to accomplish anything other than asking a lot of questions and being confused. Another character is called the Homeless Man. His scenes are filled with: “Who am I?” questions, and he ends up being a worthless character. Too many characters to keep straight.
Dash yells a lot. Many characters have internal dialogues that don’t work. As for voices, nobody really stood out. Tag lines that aren’t tag lines. Punctuation errors on tag lines. People scream a lot. Scream is a word that should be used sparingly.
Profanity. Titled chapters.
Just about any mistake there is to make is made. Errors on: punctuation, grammar, misspelled words. Some chapters are present tense and some are in past tense with no rhyme or reason why. Tense problems within chapters.
The major problem is the author uses passive language throughout the book. Examples of descriptions: The man is six feet tall. He is wearing a shirt. Water is covering the street. The night is dark. The men are running. The man has a hook nose. This type of description and writing is used (if I may err here) constantly. This type of writing makes the book difficult to read because the narrator is distant from the character. Is and Are are usually followed by and ‘ing’ word which words show up a lot.
Too many details on unimportant things, when summation would be better.
Repetitive words and phrases: Jack washes his hands. Finishing, he reaches for a towel to dry his hands. Finishing, he throws away the towel. Also, people gawp too many times in this book.
Many things ‘begin’ and ‘start’ and these words tend to beget ‘ing’ words.
Question: Zhikov uses only women guards at his facility. Why? This question isn’t answered but only men are affected by the rain or have extra powers, so this could be logical.
Question: Jack spends many days and nights out on the streets or in the wilderness. How does he survive? Food? Water? His experiences aren’t explained.
Question: Does it seem reasonable Zhirkov has seen these special abilities passed on but can’t remember how? He’s been studying these people for decades.
Problem: Darkmore is first shown wearing a hood and a mask. But, he gives Fattal a look with black eyes. How can anybody see the man’s eyes if they’re covered by a mask? If there are eyeholes in the mask, I that should be clarified.
- Another character’s name is the Shifter. I didn’t understand him but he has a cat. In one scene, the man dons a tracksuit. Then the author writes: The cat’s eyes stare knowingly at the tracksuit; it has not been worn in years. Really? The cat knows how long it’s been since the man wore the outfit?
This entire book was a mess with very weak writing, which made for a difficult read, and made little sense. Any action had no tension. There were no like-able characters, and the ending confused me because I missed the part of how it came to be played out as it was.
The Rain is written in the present tense, whilst not one of my preferred perspectives it doesn't detract from the story. Each chapter focuses on specific characters and the changes occurring in their life. The author writes this genre well and pulls the reader into the tale which has no shortage of interesting characters and strange happenings. The Rain touches on several categories from including mystery, paranormal, and horror. It makes for an interesting read.
I read this on KU
It is never made clear how / why this city became so isolated. If there was some kind of disaster I would have expected at least one of the characters to reflect on what happened. They still have the Internet, but there is no mention of the wider world. As conditions worsen I was surprised people didn't just leave, especially those people who were being hunted. All there seemed to be was the city and the outskirts with no way out. I do look forward to reading the next installment. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
It seems that the power that be were experimenting and adding something to the rain, but not everyone was affected. The people who were affected by this chemical rain changed into a different type of being. They were rounded up and used as labrats. But it seems that something went wrong and zombie type beings were the result.
Why? I'm not really sure, but I think it will be explained in the next installments.
Gripping, brutal, terrifying and highly recommended to apocalypse fans.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review.
I got this in a giveaway
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