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Red Rain Paperback – March 1, 2012
About the Author
20-something homeschool graduate from Wisconsin. Self-published author, produced screenwriter, fast food worker. YA, science fiction, drama. Christian. Chatty, enthusiastic, dastardly positive. Twitter nerd, Sharpie collector, snake owner. Aubrey.
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I think my favorite character was Cea. She is so sweet, and brave, even though you can tell she is afraid of her brother. She is someone I would like to hang out with. :)
Another reviewer mentioned that they felt Philadelphia spent too much time getting lost in the hallways and that they saw no explanation of why the United was bad. I beg to differ. Yes, getting lost in the hallways was part of the plot, but I did not at all feel that there was too much of it, or even that it was boring! As for reasons why the United is bad: there are plenty of reasons given in the book.
All in all, I would say that this book is a very good read and I hope the sequel comes out soon!
This future is where Philadelphia must choose to remain uncompromising or give in to what the world is saying. "Take their offer while you still can. Take it and run!" Sent to Mars with her father, Dr. Smyrna, Phili is given another, dangerous, option: destroy the earth and all of the United with it.
It begins with such a simple desire. "I just wanted to find my brother's Bible..." in a world where the Bible is rejected literature and now no longer in existence. Philadelphia's brother, Ephesus, may have saved a copy, but he died in a spaceship explosion and Phili can't find the belongings she knows he left behind.
In Red Rain, we are given a front seat in Philadelphia's adventure to find answers. But with so many questions, it is amazing that this novella, only about 30,000 words in length, is capable of giving all the answers Phili seeks. Aubrey Hansen, the author of this SciFi tale, packs her book with suspense as we wander the winding halls of base 9.6.11 on the heels of Philadelphia.
Red Rain isn't one of those SciFi stories that's over the top fantastical, like StarWars, but is so normal it feels like it could come true. I found Hansen's writing to be crisp and it quickly moved me through the story, offering just enough detail for me to step into Philadelphia's world. Everything was well contained within the story; an organized start for a newly published author.
Along with other fans, I would gladly enjoy a sequel to discover what happens to Philadelphia next. I'm also willing to be content that this is all of Phili's story. If you've already read Red Rain, you may be interested to know there is a well written fan-fiction-in-progress that starts right where the book left off. I'm sure fans will enjoy the return of Phili and company through the words of David J. Hartung (look for his shorts: Crook Q and Philli).
My Opinion -
With solid craft and poignant world building, Aubrey Hansen has outlined a future both horrifying and realistic. I appreciated Hansen's character building skills. Philadelphia, Phil for short, behaves like a typical teenager, sometimes acting without considering the consequences and other times behaving like a mature adult. Philadelphia's love of God is demonstrated more than spoken of in the realistic manner one would expect of a persecuted people. Her strong bond with her family members despite distance and time also speaks strongly of the bond frequently felt by those who have been separated from family.
The prose is gripping and subtly engaging. I found myself pondering the story, characters, and plot long after I finished and set the story aside. I am eager to read more of Aubrey Hansen's work.
Oh, and the author has a really great author website, too! You should check it out here: [...]
Aubrey Hansen is not afraid to state her beliefs in her writing, but she doesn't feel the need to beat the reader over the head with them either. She weaves Christianity into a non-stop action-filled plot in a way that is unobtrusive and beautiful. Her protagonist is a young teen, identifiable with youth of all ages.
Red Rain is a ground breaking novel for both Christian Science Fiction and Young Adult Science Fiction. It is short enough to read in an afternoon, while long enough to satisfy. Recommended for young and old alike.