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(The Rain #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  9,786 ratings  ·  1,663 reviews
It's in the rain...and just one drop will kill you.

They don't believe it at first. Crowded in Zach's kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach's parents' frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, "It's in the rain! It's fatal, it's contagious, and there's no cure."

Two weeks later, Ruby is al
Paperback, 386 pages
Published July 17th 2014 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published 2014)
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Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers / young adults

I have looked at reviews of this book and many bad ones are from adults, I am a teenager and I do understand where they are coming from however people are reviewing this book badly for the wrong reasons. They do not like the idea of the apocalyptic rain as it is a creepy idea, or they don't like Ruby as they think she should not have been able to get that lucky and survive. I understand these comments but is it not the same with any book? Peop
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley.)
15-year-old Ruby is more concerned with snogging some boy than the ‘Rain’ – contaminated water that kills you if you touch even one drop.
Will Ruby survive the Rain? Do we really want her to?

Not only did this book have a really stupid and annoying main character, it had a really rubbish ending!

Ruby was annoying. It was that simple. Why on earth you’d be worried about your mak
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
After awhile, any Apocalyptic books will have a similar twist to it, either it's the zombies or some sort of sickness that ends the world. But H2O sounded promising. The deadly rain, the water all around people has some sort of bacteria that eats the people alive, turning it into intense and slow death.

With such summary, I was excited to read it because it was something new. It started out great, with a funny narrator in a "diary" form of Ruby. She was witty and funny and I really thought that
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reviews
“H2O” is an apocalyptic thriller centering around the premise of deadly rain, and I found it quite enjoyable. For maximum scare factor, be sure to read it during a rainstorm, as I accidentally did.

Ruby, the main character, is pretty much a mean girl everyone knew in high school. Of course, she doesn’t actually realize that she is mean. I’ve read some complaints about her character and, while I agree that she is not always pleasant, she is realistic. She just turned fifteen and from her own story
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
Bell, Book & Candle | H2O Review

I feel like I was bamboozled! Led astray! Hoodwinked! This book was supposed to be spectacular! It's an apocalyptic world with killer rain! How could you go wrong with that! Obviously a lot because I seriously had to force myself to finish the book, and even then I was really only skimming the last half. What a waste of a perfectly good book cover...

The plot and ending isn't difficult to guess; I mean, you already know everyone is going to die, so there's no real
Charlotte Jones
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Straight away the writing style threw me off a little bit; Ruby is writing this looking back at her experience but there were so many instances where I just didn’t understand what she was thinking and why she was making such stupid decisions at points. She seemed to care more about her make-up and the colour of her hair than she did about checking whether it was raining killer-rain before stepping out of the door. Her priorities just seemed to be all wrong and as a protagonist she was infuriatin ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
3.5 stars

I picked this up to read because I needed something easy and this one has been on my TBR for awhile. I thought the voice of the protagonist was pretty authentic - this could be a plus or a minus for you depending on how you feel about privileged middle-class teen girls. Even though Ruby was doing some rather silly things, like looting for make-up and impractical clothes as opposed to getting serious about survival, I thought that it was actually pretty realistic. I can see a fifteen yea
Sarah Churchill
I loved the concept, got immersed in the world and felt the dehydration almost physically. Some nice twists, most not predicted by moi. BUT, I wanted to finish off the main character myself. Selfish, childish, a 'popular' kid who thinks lower beings should be grateful to breathe the same air as her, with little to no character growth, but as all her family and friends die a bloody, rainy death she somehow manages TO FORGET TO CHECK FOR RAIN. EVERY TIME. SHE JUST STOMPS OUTSIDE. She does remember ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm so sick of almost every single YA book is the first in a series. So what it means is that you read a bunch of running around crap and then it cuts off abruptly. NOT EVERY YA BOOK NEEDS TO BE THE BEGINNING OF A SERIES! ...more
Elisa The-Bookie-Monster
Oh, so I'll be honest here. I totally judged the book by the cover on this one. But could you blame me? It just looks so cool.

Anyway, the concept for this book is actually really cool, and unique. The rain has turned deadly, and if it makes contact with your skin it devours your flesh. It's just the execution that's bothering me. For one, Ruby m-f'n Morris has got to be one of the worst main characters ever. She's your typical snotty 15 year old high school girl who's way too preoccupied with h
Lucy Powrie
I’ve heard amazing things about The Rain in the past, but it wasn’t until I attended an event where Bergin spoke that I knew that I had to read it right away. Whilst I often don’t willingly choose to read dystopia and don’t actively seek it out, there was something about The Rain that urged me to start reading as soon as I picked it up.

Imagine this: It’s a warm, sunny Bank Holiday (rather unusual for the UK), you’re in a hot tub with the boy of your dreams, and it starts to rain. It’s not, howev
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
I couldn't handle this book ("H2O" or "The Rain" or whatever it's called). The writing was sloppy and messy (and I quote: "The traffic was moving slower still--not a crawl, faster than that but slower than it should be. The road was really busy.") Dear God, did a 7-year old write this? Off the top of my head: "I, the MC, am concerned about the turn of events because I am actually capable of expressing emotions. I willed the creeping traffic to move faster, but to no avail." See how easy that is? ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: An original plotline paired with the most infuriating main character I’ve ever known created a book that sadly, just didn’t do it for me.

Opening Sentence: If this was a really good story, like the kind you read for fun, it would have such a great beginning.

The Review:

Ruby is a teenager, living out her life like any teenager — concerned for her next party, her crush, angry at her parents. But when the rain begins to fill with a lethal virus that
Sep 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is awful. Seriously, great concept destroyed by completely idiotic main character, narrated by said main character. Ruby is your stereotypical don't care teenage girl. By don't care I mean she cares about her looks, her phone and her reputation on the popularity chart, in that order. She doesn't care about anyone else except for how they can make her life better, and take care of her after most of the world's population dies because our entire water supply is contaminated by a bacteriu ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was a good read. It had its mix on humour, post-apocalyptic horror, and tragic situations. It was such an interesting idea for a post-apocalyptic story. The book really made you think about how much water affects our everyday lives. I also ended up reading the second half on a very rainy day and I did catch myself being very cautious when I opened the back door and windows. I enjoyed Ruby's humour, I did find her a bit immature as well but that is to be expected for a 15-year-old girl. ...more
Darren Hagan
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
**3.5 stars**
**No spoilers**

I feel like it's some kind of ironic omen that it started raining pretty hard halfway through typing this up!

Not a bad book but nothing spectacular. I chose to start this book because I was really in the mood for something apocalyptic and I definitely got that, but from a very interesting premise comes a very just-okay book.

I'll start with the things I liked. The story itself was actually fairly good and the pacing was enough to keep me just the right level of intere
Jan 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: hated, own


I have never willingly not finished a book before, but this book was so frustrating that I couldn't go on.

First, let's start off on a semi-good note (and unfortunately there are only two good things that I can say about this book):

1. The Plot
I have never read a horror book before, and when I first purchased this book, I thought it would be more dystopian than horror, but oh well. The idea was interesting, about not being able to go out in the rain, and it might have even been tolerabl
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it

Such a dissapoitment! Worst book in 2016! I HATE RUBY!




She is the most annoying character I've ever read! I HATE RUBY!
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I DNRed this book because the main character is just so annoying. She is such a brat and her inner dialogue makes me want to bash my head in a car door.
Kira Simion
Nov 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
On Amazon the title was "H2O" and on Goodreads it's "The Rain."

Dang it. This book was hard to find. I had to google everything from the original name to the changed name to the author on here.


DNF at like 10 pages.

What fresh hell is this? The writing? The characters? Mainly freaking Ruby what's-her-face?

I can't do this. Sorry?

.5/5 annoyed stars. I didn't read the amount of pages I was supposed to, but my friend asked me go give it a try.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

If you guys couldn't tell yet, dystopian is my favorite genre. That's why the second I heard about this series, I knew that I had to check it out. I mean, it's a dystopian that's unlike any others! It features rain as the cause for the end of the world. It's just so clever!

H2O followed a young girl named Ruby, who lived with her mom, her step-dad, and their kid. One day while partying with friends, a
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I dont know what to say about this book. Seriously it is so different from any other book I've read and even tho it didnt give alot of feels it still broke my heart (i know i say that almost to every single book i read but hey! Im such a sensitive and emotional reader okay?😂🙈). However, I believe it is absolutely understandable that I should feel somewhat sad about the idea of the story since it does talk about an apocalypse. But the thing is, I was totally fine the whole book up until the l
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

H20 or The Rain (if you're from Britain) is a book that I've been really looking forward to reading for quite some time. We all need water to survive so the concept was equally terrifying and ingenious. Now take that idea of tainted water and add in a pathogen of some sort that eats you from within and replicates in said water and you have yourself a pretty damn interesting story.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about H20 was how realistically portrayed the characters were. Ruby acts exac
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for providing a proof copy to read and review.

The world has already had to deal with worldwide pandemics spread by animals and birds such as swine flu and bird flu. What if there was a fatal disease in the rain? How would humanity cope? This is what Virginia Bergin explores in her debut novel aptly titled The Rain. If anyone were to come into contact with the rain, even a single drop, or contaminated water they would have an immediate reaction and be dead
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-sale
Although I found Ruby to be a brat who made very poor decisions (and keeps being alive - how it's possible, I'm not sure), I enjoyed this book. It reads very easily. It makes you think about what would happen if pure water would run out. I freaked out a bit about this and started to imagine it. Talk about obsessed.
Downside for me: I know that Ruby is supposed to be a 15 year old, but I don't appreciate poor spelling or slang in the books I read. I could have gone without the "so's" and "doncha"
savannah chandler
Ruby is an average teenage girl in the beginning. She hates her stepdad, has a major crush on Caspar, and is a vegetarian. But once things start you happen, she turns into a warrior. She has to survive on her own and try and get to London to get to her dad, if he is still there. There was times when I was at the edge of my seat because of how realistic it is. Rudy is the 'narrator' because it's in the perspective of her writing H2O like a book. I will admit there was a few boring pa
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

The Rain was a boring read, which had a very annoying main character.

Ruby annoyed me from the first page, and by the end of chapter one, i was hoping she would get locked outside in the rain.
I'm really surprised that she managed to survive for so long!

The animal situation got me stumped.
How did all these animals survive with no water? How come the dogs didn't get infected when dead peoples blood was supposed to be really conta
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This book was good and although there were some disgusting parts (disgusting as in gross) but I liked it.
Liz Barnsley
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
***4.5 stars***

Publication Date: 17th July 2014 from Pan Macmillan

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via netgalley.

One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool. As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . .
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
It was refreshing to read a novel in which I didn't particularly like the main character. Ruby is a snob, a queen bee, a popular girl who disdains those she doesn't have time for: nerds, her step-father, anyone who might rub her the wrong way. She's focused on looking good--make up, beautiful hair, The Right Boy on her arm.

But the world changes. Disease spreads epidemically through rain. People die all around her. By sheer chance, and the wits of a few adults around her, Ruby survives. She's lef
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Author of the H2O duology (H2O and The Storm) (UK titles: The Rain and The Storm), and The XY (UK title: Who Runs The World?).

Born 1966 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK. I studied psychology and (briefly) fine art/film and video at university. I have had lots of different jobs – so many I’ve lost count – including writing tv documentaries and online education projects. I live on a council estate in Br

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