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Ratgirl: Song of the Viper

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Sixteen-year-old streetwise orphan, Jax Stone is an expert at surviving in a dangerous city, where rats rival the homeless for food and shelter, but she’s an amateur at fighting the immoral mayor when he kidnaps her little brother. Desperation demands she quickly master the role of courageous opponent. She uses her hypnotic singing voice to lead rats to their death, and al ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 210 pages
Published December 31st 2013 by Trowbridge Books (first published February 20th 2013)
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Sorcha O'Dowd
What a brilliant story! 5 stars! My full review will be posted on the 20th January 2014 during my stop on the 'Ratgirl' blog tour. http://www.oldvictorianquill.wordpres...

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My first forage into the dystopian world of storytelling was with ‘The Hunger Games’. Being so in love with that story, I’d been reluctant to revisit the dystopian genre for fear that I would be disappointed, but from the minute I started reading ‘Ratgirl’, I knew that I would love the story and would feel the
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Set many years in the future, this dystopian novel tells the story of Jax and her friends and their quest to rid the city of numerous rats and the vicious tyrant, Sylvanis Culpepper. Can she save all of the children at the same time?

This action-packed, yet heart warming page-turner kept me utterly spellbound. By day this futuristic earth is tormented by a sun which is too hot for any living being to survive in. Antarctica, now the proverbial paradise, seems to be the only place where a normal li
Roxanne Werner
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gayle C. Krause breathes new life into the old fairy tale of the Pied Piper. Trapped in a dark futuristic world, Jax Stone is beautiful, smart and quick thinking, the kind of heroine you root for from the first page till the last. Set against a background of global warming and corporate greed, the story never descends into moralistic preaching but keeps up a fast paced plot of twists and turns as complex as the maze of sewer tunnels Jax and her ragtag band inhabit. You’ll worry, cry and cheer bu ...more
Lori Palle
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“It’s what I do best. Plan my work and work my plan.”—Jax
In a world where the sun’s rays have turned deadly, there are few things that Jax lives for: her friends, her brother, and…well, that’s pretty much it. Life is all about scavenging and survival as rats—both the two-legged and four-legged variety—infest the city. When the corrupt mayor steals all the children for his nefarious plan, it’s up to a street-wise orphan with a mesmerizing voice to stand up to the biggest rat of all. That is, if h
Laura Greenwood
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of Ratgirl Song of the Viper in exchange for my review.

Jax lives in the sewers with her little brother Andy and her best friend, Astoria. Only able to leave the sewers at night because of the toxic sun rays, she lives her life constantly in competition with other street people and the rats. When Andy adopts a pet white rat, Jax discovers that her voice mesmirises rats and gets them to follow her. This comes in useful
Sharilyn Dickerson
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-kindle
Exceptionally fantastic!!

I received this book for a honest review.

When I first read the synopsis for this book I wasn't too sure about it. Add to that the fact that I'd have to post a review. My reason? Dystopian-type books aren't normally "my thing". I have only read one other before. I cleared my mind of all my doubts and jumped into this book. OH MY GOSH! I am so glad that I did!

Like so many other reviews have said - this is a fantastic twisted interpretation of the Pied Piper! The beginning
Kim Briggs
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love me a good dystopia and Ratgirl: Song of the Viper by Gayle C. Krause did not disappoint.
It's a gripping re-imagining of the Pied Piper, set against a backdrop of global warming and corporate greed. Jax Stone and her brother survive in a world where no one can be trusted and spending more than sixty seconds in the sunlight will kill you. The rich have fled to the New Continent. The poor have fled to the sewers. Within the old subway tunnels, the poor co-exist with the rats as best as huma
Claire Taylor
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A dystopian re-telling of the pied piper, this book is definitely one that I will remember. I had only glanced at the blurb when looking at this book so had no idea what to expect, but the cover completely drew me in. The world depicted is destitute and deprived, with the poor barely surviving whilst the rich live a gluttonous life of luxury. There are rats everywhere, and slowly Jax realises that they stop and listen whenever she is singing. When the children are kidnapped and the mayor request ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen year-old Jax Stone, a gritty, hard-edged girl, scavenges at night in Metro city and sleeps in the sewer tunnels during the day. Global warming bakes the environment and the rich have fled to a still habitable continent. The remaining population struggles to survive in a city overrun with rats, its river so toxic a single drop will kill, and an evil politician whose greed and lust threaten to destroy the streetwise Jax. The teen and her small group of loyal friends band together to seek a ...more
Sherry Strain
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While I am no longer a young adult myself (far from it), I do still very much enjoy good Young Adult action fiction, particularly tales with strong female protagonists. Ratgirl: Song of the Viper has definitely earned a spot on my bookshelf. Gayle Krause has retold the classic story of the Pied Piper as a cautionary tale that is still highly entertaining. The plot is fast-moving, and the twists are unpredictable but very plausible in the world she has created. Krause has created a set of vivid, ...more
Marie Louis
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you like fairy tales and dystopian stories like Hunger Games or Divergent, then RATGIRL: Song of the Viper is something you don’t want it miss. It’s a perfect marriage of a fairy tale retelling (The Pied Piper) and a dystopian future (earth ravished by global warming).

Krause has woven a fantastic story with original characters into the old fairy tale and the result is a fresh take on a genre that seems to be overdone these days. Not so, with Krause’s story.

The well-developed characters travel
Rose Caprio
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading RatGirl: Song of the Viper by Gayle C. Krause. I must say, Krause had me from page one. The vivid descriptions, fully fleshed out characters, fast paced action and plot twists and turns had me reading at a pace I have not experienced in a long time. Metro City, the deadly futuristic world, is filled with rats of both the vermin and human variety. In balance, it is also well peppered with people who are the epitome of heroism and kindness, such as the heroine, Jax, and man ...more
Ruth Knafo
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ratgirl is a treasure of a novel! An ingenious interpretation of the Pied Piper set in a grim dystopian world of sewer tunnels infested by rats-- vermin and human-- and humans struggling to survive, it is an exciting adventure, a dystopian tale, and a love story. Its kick-ass heroine, Jax Stone, is a beautiful, courageous leader who dares to challenge the corrupt dictators ruling her world. We root for Jax and her followers, and the boy who may or may not be on their side, through every twist an ...more
Tiffany Daune
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Action packed from start to finish. Krause draws you into a dark dystopian world with her unique retelling of the classic tale the Pied Piper. The story is rich with dimensional characters who despite their circumstances fight for love and freedom, refusing to be oppressed by their leader. You will fall in love with Jax, the heroine as she fights for her family and friends. I love the environmental elements of this book and the idea of the Eco group in Ratgirl. I hope there will be a second book ...more
D.S. Milan
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ratgirl is a well imagined and wonderfully detailed dystopian take on the Pied Piper tale. The characters are so well formed they start to live in your imagination, becoming your friends and companions. In a horrible world populated by the selfish and greedy, Jax manages to win your heart as you follow her in her battles to protect her little brother, and to find some modicum of hope and happiness in the worst circumstances. Plenty of twists and the ending is fabulous! Thanks Gayle C. Krause
Angela Calabrese
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Ratgirl: Song of the Vipor is a captivating and visceral spin on the well-known classic The Pied Piper. Set in a futuristic world where survival is a daily struggle, Jax Stone, the main character, exhibits strength and determination even in the most brutal of circumstances. This book gained momentum from page one. Krause does an incredible job of creating complex characters in a setting that was chilling and, at times, raw. Couldn't put this book down!
Laura L. Weller
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-favs
"Song of the Viper" is an inventive version of a female Pied Piper in a threatening world where she fights for survival underground with the have-nots. The tension is well-sustained and captivates my attention with family trauma and teen loyalties. Jax uses her hypnotic voice when her brother's life is threatened and gives me the action, sexy book boyfriend and strong POV I crave. This is one I read twice!
Russ Moncho
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Set in a dying city in a dystopian future, Krause’s Ratgirl: Song of the Viper is a dark and creepy retelling of The Pied Piper and weaves a gritty tale filled with betrayal, revenge and hope. The main character, Jax Stone, is well-developed and the story will interest teen and adult readers of both genders.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the first chapter, I was drawn into the life of Jax Stone and her family of survivors. Together, with their special skills, they were able to take on the villains in this story. Ms. Krause's writing keeps you on the edge until the final moments of her story. I look forward to reading more of her stories and hopefully she will continue on with the RatGirl series.
Lelia Taylor
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Readers need to be aware that this is not a new publication. As far as I can determine, it was first released in early 2013 under the publisher label of Noble Romance Publishing which later went out of business under a black cloud. This may be a debut from Trowbridge Books but only in the sense that this book has not had the Trowbridge label on it until now. At the current time, Ratgirl is the only book published by Trowbridge and information about this “independent publishing house” is very lim ...more
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All dystopia fans..
Recommended to Nikita by: Gayle C. Krause
I am new to the Dystopia genre and so when I took up this book, I was a bit skeptical whether I would like it or not. But once I started reading I could not stop till I had finished the book.

The whole futuristic world where the sun has gone deadly and where people come out only at night was something that was totally new and very admirably brought to life by Gayle in the book. Not once does the setup look fake or unrealistic.
Gayle has succeeded in convincing the reader that with the speed with
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I am drawn to retellings, I love the original stories but something about taking them and making them into something new is intriguing to me. Most people know the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin; He came to help the town get rid of the rats in return for a price. So with his magic flute he led all the rat to the river and they drowned but when the job was done the mayor refused to pay and the Pied Piper then lead all the children away to a fate undetermined or he killed them like the rats it ...more
Sarah Kalaitzidis
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
“RATGIRL: Song of the Viper” is a unique title for a book, but the contents found within the novel - many will see why the name fits it. This book is a remake of an old fairy tale that takes setting in the future, but this ultimately only makes it more amazing.

This story revolves around the main character, Jax - a human female – that lives in a world over run by rats. She, along with other humans, live in the underground networks of the city and only travel at night to collect wares they find su
Myra (Pieces of Whimsy)
Review first published on my blog, Pieces of Whimsy


I signed up to review this book last year but then the tour was postponed and when it re-opened I'd forgotten what this book was about, only remembering I wanted to read it! I love it when I forget book blurbs because usually they give away a lot of the story and it's nice to come into a book with no idea what's going to happen. I'd forgotten the dystopian element of Ratgirl and I was enthralled by Metro City and the way of life there.

The m
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don’t read a lot of YA or Dystopian for that matter, but something about the blurb and the cover called me to this book (maybe it was the Song of the Viper?). I have been looking forward to reading this one.

It started a little slow for me, describing their day to day life after the solar flares started and destroyed everything that we know and love, but quickly picked up speed once I got into what would be the main plot of the book. Jax saving her little brother. At that point, I was in it to
Crina (Reading Addict)
I received this book for a honest review and as a part of the tour! Thanks!:) Original post on

I wanted to read this book because for me the idea sounded original, and from the title really I didn't know what to think. This book was what I expected and not what I expected. I liked the story and the characters, but somehow for me it was like a book for younger people. For me it was a bit immature or I felt it like that, maybe because I'm 20 something.

This book is
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it
For my full review, check out We Do Write or Biblivoracious
With echoes of the pied piper and the story of Saint Patrick, the fraternal responsibility of The Hunger Games, and an underclass that puts me in mind of Invitation to the Game, Krause's novel draws the reader in with quick prose and fills her world with every unpleasant detail of the awful world she's created. RATGIRL: Song of the Viper has both momentum and staying power. I found myself reading a few chapters, (I admit it, I do most of
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2014
First, I would like to thank the author Gayle C. Krause for giving me this book an honest review. I enjoyed this read, the story sucked me in. The characters are well developed and the story flowed nicely.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin set in a bleak feature.
Tracy Banghart
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review to come 1/21/14.
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