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After the Red Rain

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  812 ratings  ·  173 reviews
A postapocalyptic novel with a cinematic twist from New York Times bestseller Barry Lyga, actor Peter Facinelli, and producer Robert DeFranco.

On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a bea
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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☆drea☆ wears the cheese Lyga drew me in, but I might stay for Facinelli

Here's an interview I found:
Q.What inspired you to go into writing?
A.I love storytelling. Being an acto…more
Lyga drew me in, but I might stay for Facinelli

Here's an interview I found:
Q.What inspired you to go into writing?
A.I love storytelling. Being an actor is a form of telling stories through characters. As a writer I get the opportunity to create the entire world that all the characters live in as opposed to focusing on one character or one part of the story. I enjoy being able to create and manipulate characters and events in order to tell a whole story. I have written two film scripts, but I have not tackled a novel before.(less)
Patricia Lock I'm not sure why you dislike this book so much.

While it is fairly short and the romance in the book itself is a bit annoying, it is a very good novel…more
I'm not sure why you dislike this book so much.

While it is fairly short and the romance in the book itself is a bit annoying, it is a very good novel that I personally hope will become a series. I would recommend you read the book before making unfounded claims about it being dry-cut without any intriguing questions. Yes, it may have some possible pre-conceived political ideas (depending on your opinions there) holding the readers in one particular direction, but it also discusses interesting moral questions. If I were to put them here, they might spoil the book, so I won't.

If you look at most modern young-adult novels, they have similarly simplistic diction, so picking on this one particular book is a bit harsh. Additionally, as someone who is not a Millennial, I enjoy this book. My question to you would be whether you have read this book or not, but I assume you haven't and are just looking for somewhere to fume. It is fine to express your opinion, but if you don't have any experience reading this book I would suggest you take your complaints elsewhere.

If you have read this, book, I apologize and respect your opinion (though I certainly disagree). I also hope you find books more to your liking and suggest that you look for those instead of bashing books you'd rather not waste your time with. Perhaps you might spend some time browsing the classics? While they would have more archaic (from the point of view of this day and age) vocabulary, they might be a bit too slow-paced for you, as you seem to be a hot-headed person. Perhaps you should check out the Thriller section, though you will have to make sure that you avoid any modern, dull books.

I recommend you try reading _Dune_ (Frank Herbert) or _The Fountainhead_ (Ayn Rand). They're very interesting books (though The Fountainhead becomes a bit preachy at the end and both are longer books, if you happen to dislike those).

I hear _The Inferno_ (Dante Alighieri) is pretty interesting as well.(less)

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KL (Cat)
(my very first photoset! also, no spoilers.)

As a reviewer, I don't think I'm particularly picky as in how a book should be written, but I do have a criteria that all books should reach, for me to be able to give 3 stars:

1) The first 10 pages should pass the Bechdel Test
2) No love triangle
3) No instant declarations of love
4) No belittling women who openly express their sexuality
5) Have an actual plot that makes sense
6) Be in someway original

It shouldn't be so hard to meet these six points, but
Jan 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Rating: 1.5 Stars
This book is one of the most ridiculous novels I've read to date and I'm kind of shocked Lyga was apart of this project. Everything is pretty shoddy here from the world building to the characters to the barely there plot. This book seems like an attempt to just jump aboard the "dystopia with a strong heroine" bandwagon and there's not much to like here at all. Review to come much closer to publication date.
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
After the Red Rain is a dystopian, which we're all familiar with, but I found the premise to be really original -- if a bit weird.

Deedra exists. That's what most people do in this post-apocalyptic version of the earth. Everything has been destroyed. There's almost no sun. She must drag herself to work in a factory every day to receive her rations -- genetically engineered food. She also spends a great deal of time scavenging for things. No one knows much about the past, except everyone believes
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**Thank you so much to Little Brown for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

To start of this review, I thought I'd be pretty honest with you guys. I've barely read dystopians this year, and that's mainly because I was getting a bit bored with them. Don't worry, it's still my favorite genre, but the few that I had been reading had just gotten a bit repetitive! After the Red Rain has rekindled my love for the fantastic genre.

The novel follows a young girl named Deedra, who
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
What do you get when you take two Hollywood execs and a YA author and throw them together to write a book? You get The Hunger Games or Divergent if they were done by Michael Bay. Especially when you take three grown men and ask them to write a teenage girl as the main character.

I feel like the plotting process for After the Red Rain involved a bunch of old guys in suits sitting around a table and picking the most "popular" aspects of YA literature. "Oh, it has to be a dystopian!" one cries, whil
anna ♡
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
One word: Boring

With this book, I feel like I didn't read anything, to be honest. A girl named Deedra meets a boy named Rose and together they find out why the earth is crap and how they can fix it. Sounds like a pretty good book but nothing happened.

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I was a little uncertain about this book from the start. I’ve never read Barry Lyga before, and the dystopian angle didn’t sound particularly new. However, it was so hyped at BEA that I decided to snag a copy from Netgalley. Unfortunately, I should have considered my earlier reservations. After the Red Rain is a mess of a book. Yet it begins with such a thrilling, poignant moment: a man in a strange factory of corpses, risking life and limb to save an infant from the grinding machines.
Jessie Potts
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, august-2015
3.5 Stars
Head over to the HEA blog to see the full interview with the authors! Here's the first question

Tell us about Deedra and Rose!

Barry: Deedra has the capacity for bravery and selflessness in a world that only rewards greed and naked self-interest. She's not a superhero or a warrior — her strength comes from her innate curiosity and her willingness to step back and observe and learn. Rose, meanwhile, is the one unsullied, unbroken thing in a world that's crumbling underfoot. He's decent an
Jeane Chelich
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
As an avid reader of YA novels and a longtime fan of Barry Lyga’s writings, I was eagerly anticipating his creative take on After The Red Rain, written in collaboration with Peter Facinelli & Rob DeFranco. I was not disappointed in how this novel developed the dystopian world in which the main characters, Rose and Deedra, find themselves. Character development was strong throughout the novel. There is a smooth evolution and unfolding of the storyline in the beginning of the novel, including a my ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Dark look into the far future

AFTER THE RED RAIN is a dark, dreary look at a far distant dystopian future. People have forgotten the details but in the far past, half the world's population - 50 billion people - were wiped off the face of the earth.

In the future, everyone accepts the status quo - power hungry magistrates, deadly air and water conditions, everyone except the elite being on starvation diets. The endless cities are rubble with people living in the ruins. Protagonist Deedra Ward live
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book via Goodreads First Reads!

The storyline was semi-original. Dystopian – earth being wiped out… yada yada. Did anyone else think of Wall-E when reading this? Rose is the plant Wall-E carries around and Deedra is like Wall-E, out picking up junk?


Deedra was annoying. She went from not caring to caring… oh wait she doesn’t care again. Don’t you think someone who has been on her own for so long would be more mature? Or more of a badass? She would be used to making tough decisio
Douglas Gibson
Jul 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Y’all, this one is bad. Shockingly bad. How could this be so disappointing? I was skeptical of a book having three authors, but with Barry Lyga being one of them I figured at least ⅓ of this book would be awesome! Lyga is one of my favorite YA writers, his “I Hunt Killers,” trilogy is not only brilliant, but it’s a go-to recommendation in my classroom to boys who say they do not like to read. Peter Facinelli plays the Cullen clan patriarch in the Twilight series, so you know he knows what good l ...more
Cecily Kyle
When this book started I was really into it, then it took a strange turn and as much as I really wanted to love this book because I am a Barry Lyga fan, I couldn't quite let myself go there. It was a good story but a little out there. I don't quite know how I feel. Though it is good that it is a stand alone because I really don't know where they would go from here.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya, dystopia
This book was pretty interesting right from the start. After the Red Rain tells the story of boy meets girl in a world beyond hope. It also exploits the idea that it is amazing what you can get used to.

Deedra Ward’s life is pretty bleak. As an orphan, she has only had herself to rely on. She lives in the Ludo territory and is under constant surveillance. She is almost out of resources by the end of the month. Air quality is poor. Food is genetically modified and scare. She goes to work everyday
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I received my e-ARC from Netgalley. In return, I offer my honest review.

"After The Red Rain" is an attempt at a unique view of the post-apocalypse genre. For the most part, it accomplishes what it initially sets out to do. Deedra, our primary protagonist, knows nothing of the world before what she currently experiences. In her world, the internet is made up of Wikis, which all offer conflicting viewpoints and information about history. For Deedra, she chooses to not care, because she believes th
Sleepless Dreamer
Okay so I have no idea how to rate this book because while reading it, I loved it but now, once it's over, I don't think it's good.

On one hand, it was an absolute pleasure to read. I haven't read a dystopian in ages so I relished falling into a dark world with heroes and villains, where there's a mission and we watch plans unravel. Deedra was pretty cool. I didn't feel that she was quite developed as much as she could have been maybe but it worked. Rose was a cliche but he was endearing and oka
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked the idea of the book. It was well written and every character had a distinct personality. AND I LOVED ROSE UYGFHUJLKDF. But there were some things unexplained, and some typos (like misspelling Deedra's name. Lol.), and there was some language and literature references that made me go 'huh'? But I loved it nonetheless~ ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was strange and rather boring. The world building is not anything new or exciting. The characters were either bland (Deedra) or so bizarre (Rose) that readers will have a hard time connecting to them, resulting in indifference to their fates. Little beyond Deedra's discomfort with her scar is universal enough to really draw readers in and allow them to see themselves in her shoes. The decision to develop a ...more
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was not fazed by the fact that this book had actor, Peter Facinelli's name connected to it. I was more interested in the postapocalyptic aspect of this book. The pre and post genre is still hot and picking up steam in the book world and I am thrilled about this fact.

So anyways back to the book. The world that Deedra and Rose resided in was very vivid and believable. I could picture that this is what the world would look like if it was destroyed. Deedra is a strong, independent female heroine.
Sharon Layburn
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, bea15
Sometime in Earth's bleak future, Deedra lives (if you can call it that) a hardscrabble life and doesn't even dare to dream that things can get better. When she meets a strange and beautiful boy who calls himself Rose, Deedra learns that maybe there is hope for the future- but much must be sacrificed along the way.

ATRR might have benefitted from being edited down to a shorter length, and the hero's abilities were a bit too farcical for me to fully lose myself in the tale, but...the book wa

The story dragged with way too much mystery for the future dystopian world where there are scarce resources that leave many to scavenge unless you want to work for the government that will supply you with enough food to survive, but only to survive, and food is essentially genetically modified and cross-cut between vegetables and animals that don't exist. Billions have died so there aren't many people left and now Deedra, the heroine, meets a boy named Rose.

Not interested because it took
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Interesting read about an orphaned girl growing up in one of those desolate towns being controlled by the "capital" of sorts. She meets Rose. A beautiful boy with extraordinary powers. We learn why the red rain really happened. Why Rose is so unique; how he just awoke one day in a cemetery surrounded by flowers. Flowers & most greens don't exist in this new world, all foods are synthetic. They manage to escape together with hopes of creating a better world. ...more
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I loved this book - it was an attention grabber right from the very start! The author (s) did an amazing job of drawing the reader into the story and never letting them go. I loved the dynamics between the characters and didn't see the twists, turns, loops and curves that the author threw into the story. It was unpredictable and fun and I am looking forward to the next book! ...more
Lucas Ballard
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Was a pretty damn good book. Had a major chick flick theme to it but also had a great adventure to it and thrill! But also had a weird/cool twist to the things! I'm
Not going to spoil anything because that's just bs but I want to lol but it's definitely worth the read
Reading Teen
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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Kira Brighton
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what to say about the plotting, but the worldbuilding and the atmosphere of the book are stunning. ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
The word "beautiful" showed up in almost every description. I think that annoyed and distracted me from everything else. I had to finish though and all I can say is thank goodness it's finally over. ...more
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
rose is the best person in the book
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Released on August 4 of 2015, After the Red Rain is a Science Fiction Dystopian novel written by Barry Lyga, with Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco. I've never read any other books written by Lyga, however, I found After the Red Rain to be an interesting novel, full of interesting concepts and mysteries, and I wish there was more to the story.
Within the world of After the Red Rain, some fifty billion people are crammed into large, heavily militarized cities. Each and every day, the majority of
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
After the Red Rain, written by Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli, and Robert DeFranco, is a thrilling science-fiction novel. It is a treat of unpredictability and suspense in every chapter of the story. The world-building and the atmosphere is well given in the novel.

The novel has a dystopian setting; the earth was ruined by the red rain, which it killed about half of the human population. There, life was difficult because the resources were scarce and it had environmental issues such as pollution. Mo
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