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The Color of Rain

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  68 reviews
If there is one thing that seventeen-year-old Rain knows and knows well, it is survival. Caring for her little brother, Walker, who is "Touched," and losing the rest of her family to the same disease, Rain has long had to fend for herself on the bleak, dangerous streets of Earth City. When she looks to the stars, Rain sees escape and the only possible cure for Walker. And ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Running Press
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Pavarti Tyler
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the Author at Book Expo America. No promise was made that I would review it or that if I did the review would be positive. I was not compensated in anyway for this review.

Review: The Color of Rain is a beautiful book. The cover, the writing, the heart. Its lyrical, painful and impossible to step away from. Once you enter the world of Cori McCarthys writing, it will grip you and hold you tight. It will break your heart, lift you up and remake your
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Wow, this book has a really high average rating, but I just don't get it. It should never have been marketed as a young adult book. I don't think it belongs in the teen section of a public library, nor in a school library. Some folks say it fits the New Adult category better. I don't have any experience with the genre, but it felt very wrong for my students. Not only does it deal with very gritty prostitution--most of it in space, of course, as a science fiction book--but it also features some ...more
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
I don't read much YA anymore. Too much disappointment. But I loved this. It's very mature YA, to be sure. Maybe that's why I liked it? It was quite dark for YA.

Exhibit A: Space prostitute.

I now know what Ben meant when he spoke of the Void's inherent loneliness. The Void is a hollow place that breeds hollow existences. To be fair to the other working girls, the other blues, they've tried to be friendly. But I refuse to learn a name or take a favor. [...] I cannot afford friends on this ship. Or
Madigan Mirza
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Seventeen year old Rain White dreams of getting away from decrepit and dangerous Earth City. Her younger brother Walker is becoming "Touched" - more and more catatonic by the day, and the rest of their family has already been ripped away from them in this dystopian future. She hopes to get passage for her brother to mech space where there may be a cure for his debilitating condition. Clearly, Rain's only option is to become a space prostitute. Her best friend Lo convinces her to sell her ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book reminded me of a [very] sci-fi version of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, but for young adults. While I enjoy the fantastical, I think this one was leaning a little too far on the science fiction end for my own personal taste.

That said, it was actually a really gripping read, and I cared enough about the characters to see it through to the end.
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-bought
I found The Color of Rain on one of the blogs I read regularly, Books Without Any Pictures. Graces description along with the cover interested me so much that I went out and bought the book. Would it live up to my expectations?

Yes! In fact, Cori McCarthys novel actually surpassed my expectations. For a YA novel (albeit strongly recommended for older young adults) it tackles some pretty heavy issues including rape, abuse, prostitution and trauma. Many authors have found their banes in these
Wendy Hines
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I'm not quite sure where to start...I don't want to give too much away. The Color of Rain is a dystopian sci-fy that kept me up all last night. I couldn't stop until I finished it.

On earth, it's full of ash and everything is grey. They produce items but they can't grow anything. Also, what we know as Alzheimer's has revolved genetically and anyone can get it - they are called the Touched. If you are Touched, it's a death sentence. You gradually lose your mind. Rain's younger brother,
E. Anderson
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a debut novel that is so unexpected and mind-bending that I guarantee you won't be able to put it down. Part of it, yes, is the shock of it all. Cori McCarthy's THE COLOR OF RAIN is about prostitution. In space.

I think it's actually more apt to think of this as a human trafficking book, though. Rain, the protagonist, is a fiery redhead -- and one of the last. Johnny, Captain of a ship that runs the Void between Earth City and the outer planets, is fascinated by her -- he's never seen a
Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Rain White is the sole protector for her younger brother. He is ill. He has Alzheimer's. Rain has heard that the planet Edge where the Mercs live can cure Rains brother. Rain has no money. Rain meets Johnny. Johnny will take Rain and her brother on his starship for a priceRains virginity. Rain agrees. What Rain does not know is the fate she just sealed for herself with the devil.

I have been hooked lately on the young adult genre. So even though this book is being marketed at the teen audience,
This book left me speechless. It was just perfect. Everything about it. From the grit and strength of the heroine to the dystopian world McCarthy created that is hauntingly similar to behind the scenes America today.Human slavery, prostitution, corporate powers ruling the world,and the abuse of those powers made a hard journey for our heroine, Rain White. She gets the chance to leave Earth City with her brother who is Touched(a mental disease akin to Alzheimers on steroids that has been taking ...more
Laura Sibson
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book felt original and familiar at the same time. I think that McCarthy achieved that seemingly paradoxical experience through offering a world that the reader could enter easily with a character who is deeply rendered. Rain's world is nothing but sad and when a handsome pilot offers her flight off the planet *and* a chance to save her brother, Rain leaps at the opportunity, even when it means giving her body over to this unknown man.

The way McCarthy raised the stakes in this book was
Aug 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: discard
I only read the first few pages and was appalled by the content. Being a Young Adult and looking at this Young Adult Novel, I was surprised and angry that such a novel was put in this genre. I understand the importance of learning about prostitution, but I thought that there was too much detail in that part. There should be a warning somewhere on the cover about the content of the book. The writing was flowing and lovely, but the genre is too heavy for the age group.
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A dystopian thriller for teens - includes all the stuff of adult, violence, suspense, action, good guy vs bad guy, plus space travel!
Shannon McGee
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space, 2017, dystopian
Teenager Rain lives in a dark world where many of the people catch an illness that robs them of their memory not unlike alzheimer's. She has already lost both parents and a brother and she is now about to lose her younger brother, the only family she has left. She does what she has to find a cure and save him even if that means she has to sell herself to do it.

I had never really read a story like this. I usually stay away from sci-fi but I was pleasantly surprised with The Color Of Rain. The
I've had this book in my pile for a few years now and just picked it up this month, so I had no idea what I was starting because I chose not to read the back cover so it would have the element of surprise. It didn't fail me. I really enjoyed this book, but I would not say it was a young adult book, maybe a mature young adult or new adult due to adult situations and language.
Rain White and her brother, Walker, are the last of their family to live in Earth City, and to say that life is hard would
Lauren Kelsen
The Color of Rain is an intensely emotional story of a young girl named Rain who decides to do whatever she can to try and save her brother Walker from the ravaging sickness know as, The Touched. Its an evolved form of Alzheimers that is sweeping Earth City, and in order to try and save Walker, Rain has to keep hope that The Edge and its race of genetically engineered humans with extreme advanced technology will be her answer. Rain meet Johnny, the owner of a space ship and she sells herself to ...more
John Clark
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not for the faint of heart, but a very satisfying dystopian/sci-fi read.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
This review and more can be found on The Sirenic Codex.

I'm a little blown away right now. I'm shocked and trying to grasp what I just read. This book shattered my expectations. I don't even know where to start.

I'll start with the abstract; The Color of Rain is incredibly dark and intense. It's on the mature scale of YA and it is horrifying and a little heart breaking. It explores prostitution, something I have never ever read about, and it is so much grittier than I expected. The author didn't
Melanie Fishbane
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Cori McCarthy's first novel, The Color of Rain. It has been a while since I've read something that I wanted to recommend to people even before I had finished it. My five second pitch sounded something like, "Firefly meets Across the Universe with the poetry of Before I Fall."
But even as I write this now I don't think that it goes far enough. The raw intensity of The Color of Rain is embedded in McCarthy's protagonist's, Rain's, poetic perceptions of her
Michelle Wrona
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

I am very proud to admit that this book was a pleasure to read. I was very afraid of what it would become by the end, especially since this was a "space thriller." I find that these type of books can either become amazing or horrible by the end, there's a 50/50 chance.

The Color of Rain is all about a sister-brother bond. Rain is the ultimate big sister who only has her little brother, Walker, left in her life, after the rest of her family died. Walker needs a cure for his disease,
Jenna Howland
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut YA novel from Cori McCarthy. The Color of Rain is a satisfying science fiction thriller geared towards the older young adult reader (or all of us adults who have recognized the amazing literature out there in the young adult genre!). McCarthy did a beautiful job showcasing character development. I immediately was drawn to Rain and her struggles - I wanted to help her and give her some sage advice; shield her from the scum of earth and the intergalactic airspace. ...more
Sue Heraper
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Color of Rain is an action-packed dystopian thriller with wonderful world-building. Rain White, the seventeen-year-old narrator, attracts the attention of Johnny, a handsome starship captain, because she is a rare true redhead. Desperate to escape the slums of desolate Earth City and get medical attention for her younger brother, she agrees to trade her body to him in exchange for passage across the Void to the Edge, where humans (called Mecs) have been genitally enhanced and are more ...more
Lenore Appelhans
Rain just wants a better life for her and her sick brother than they can get in Earth City, so when a charming spaceship caption named Johnny offers her passage in return for being "his girl", she readily agrees. Unfortunately, Johnny is not what he seems to be, and Rain is going to have to fight in order to survive his ship of horrors.

First off, let me say that if "new adult" ever includes genre fiction, then THE COLOR OF RAIN would be a good fit. It's quite a bit more mature than most YA
Chara Kramer
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I met the author while visiting VCFA, and picked up her newly published book because she was so excited about it. It sat on my shelf for over a year, until I finally picked it up the other day. The reason I didn't pick it up sooner is because the back of the book summary wasn't too informative so I kept putting it off. I'm REALLY glad that Goodreads has a more informative back-of-the-book summary.

Like others who have left reviews, I also don't think this book falls under the young adult
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't expect this book to be what it was.
My sister and I share a love of teen fiction, but she prefers the typical, paranormal, and romantic (i.e. vampire academy, etc, but thankfully not twilight) while I go for the more beautiful, serious or epic (Before I Fall, The Elementals, Hunger Games, Daughter of the Forest, etc).
When she picked up a few books last week, this is the only one that caught my interest, but I was not expecting the strange, sexual, survival journey that it became.
When it
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Why is this book not a bestseller? Why was this book at the Dollar Tree? Why is this book not being made in to a movie? Hi, my name is Samantha and I loved this book. The Color of Rain is an edgy young adult/new adult novel that is just so unique from everything I've read in a long time. Cori McCarthy takes her readers seriously and didn't both to censor the edgy content to make the reading more pleasant and safe.

Rain may be one of my favorite characters ever. The fact that she was willing to
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read that has a sci-fi plot. Now I'm a college student and do not have a ton of extra time to read books, but I was captivated by this book and only stopped to sleep or eat. I started the night before in bed, and then finished the next morning around noon. Wow. The characters are interesting and you find yourself rooting for and hating them all in different spots in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The content is a little adult, ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a well written hidden little gem in the YA or NA genre. WHY ISNT ANYONE READING THIS?

The Color of Rain
moved at a delightfully quick pace and by the time I was halfway through the book, I was like "damn there is still half a book left for more shit to go down". I wasn't sure what to make of Rain in the beginning but she grew on me as her desires sharpened and strengthened. She was kick-ass by the end of the book, entirely within control of what she knows she wants and needs to do. And
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this. Like many others I would stress that this is an older YA novel, with pretty graphic sex depicted. There are teens who may welcome this, but pre-teens who enjoy the genre would be advised to wait a few years. I think that the subject matter (sexual trafficking, slavery) is pretty clear on the blurb, and that aspect of it is in no way sugar coated, or romanticised. On the other hand, the character herself is idealised in a number of ways, as is her relationship with the Mec. I ...more
Jennifer Green
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Well, if I could give this one more than 5 stars, I would. It has been a long time since a book got me this interested, and especially something that has more science fiction than fantasy feel to it. I really enjoyed the story, and while there were probably a few plot holes and inconsistencies, I really didn't mind or notice them. It's well written too. Ben and Rain are great characters, and even Johnny is an interesting piece of work. It's also interesting that, while Rain is a prostitute, the ...more
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Cori McCarthy is the author of six young adult books, four released and two on the way, as well as a forthcoming nonfiction picture book about Kahlil Gibran. Cori is an Irish-Lebanese American who resides in New England and spends most of their time playing guitar, reading poetry, and raising their son. Like many of their characters, they are a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

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