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The Storm

(The Rain #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,537 ratings  ·  333 reviews
"I'll tell you a weird thing about apocalypses - a thing I didn't even know until I was in one: they seem pretty bad, don't they? Well, take it from me: they can always get worse."

Three months after the killer rain first fell, Ruby is beginning to realise her father might be dead . . . and that she cannot survive alone. When a chance encounter lands her back in the army ca
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 29th 2015)
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Sarah Churchill
I enjoyed this so much more than The Rain, mainly because my only issue with The Rain was the main character's lack of self-preservation (like running out into killer rain wearing flip-flops). In book 2 we have a self-awareness of all this risk taking, as well as a far stronger sense of self-preservation (most of the time) and a character who's had to get tough fast, but still has very vulnerable moments.

The story takes a more sinister turn in this second/final instalment, and it's all very bel
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
3.5 stars

This is really just the second half of the story started in the first book, and reads very similarly. I liked the touches of humour and the way the main character, Ruby, really acted and sounded like a teenager who finds herself in over her head.

However you felt about the first book, you will either like this one or not for mostly the same reasons.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reviews
“The Storm” is the sequel to “H2O”, the apocalyptic novel about killer rain.

Ruby is the same as she was in “H2O”, complete with microscopic steps toward personal growth. Many of the other eclectic characters also make reappearances, with their stories further expanded upon. This was the best part of “The Storm”.

Unfortunately, the rest of it seemed to lack cohesion. The story was enjoyable, but seemed to skip around, with the most important parts cut short. Some of it made no sense at all. The en

Oh man.

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You see, I thought it was the end. I thought it was over. I thought we'd all go out with a bang, and that I'd have to say goodbye to Ruby and Darius and Princess (view spoiler) But no. The way that ended, it cannot be left like that. There needs to be a 3rd book. THERE HAS TO BE. PLEASE LORD PLSSS.


Although, I do strongly believe that Bergin really needs to take a couple of w
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

I actually started reading this book, then realized part of the way in that it is a sequel. Woops! Normally I wouldn't request a sequel unless I'd already read the first in the series, so I quickly signed out "The Rain" from my library and read that first. And I quite liked it, enough that I was excited to see what would happen to Ruby Morris in "The Storm".

Ruby is...I wasn't sure I was going to like her,
Darren Hagan
**No spoilers**

I kind of just have the same feelings as I did with The Rain. The story itself was pretty alright but the characters just really irritate me. I wasn't rooting for most of them at all. There was stuff that really just seemed pointless, particularly in regards to Xar. The end events were just kind of confusing for me, but I wasn't so interested that I wanted to reread it to try and figure it out. It was kind of repetitive at times too, like she always going on these missions looking
Karen’s Library
While the story itself was decent, I really did not like the writing style. There were several times I almost DNFd this book because the MC just spewed so much nonsense that made absolutely no sense much too often. I hung in there only because I enjoyed the storyline.

The story is told in a journal type way where Ruby just writes whatever is in her brain at the time. There are a few times where she seems to lose her mind, and that's when the writing almost became unbearable to read.

In the end, I
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ukya, arcs
Originally at: Heart Full Of Books

I’d didn’t quite realise that this book was set 3 MONTHS after the first book. Ruby managed to survive on her own for 3 MONTHS? It must be easier than I thought! But, I began to warm up to Ruby. She was more comfortable in her situation and not so whiny. It’s fair to say that she went through some character development for her personality, but her actions sure didn’t change.

First of all, she doesn’t seem to appreciate how much better surviving will be if your wi
Milana Waller
BEGINNING- bad: confusing and plotless
MIDDLE- decent
END: bad(again)
The sad thing is, I was really looking forward to thins book. I mean REALLY looking forward to this book. And it disappointed me on a level I can’t explain. Like, I still have no idea what happened. Any explanations?

~entry at end of book ;)~
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!
I shuddered when I opened my box from BEA/Sourcebooks and this book was in it. I read (tried to) the first in this series and I could not stand the protagonist. In looking over the reviews, I was not the only one. Before settling down to read this one, I read over the reviews again for the second book and saw that a lot of people had said the same thing regarding the first book and that they could tolerate her a lot better in the second book.

Well, I'm here to say, I concord with those re
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original review was deleted. This is because its an absolute trashy-fangirly mess written when I was 14! I may come to read this later and review it critically.
Source: I own this book.
Cost: £6.99 from Pan Macmillian

Title: The Storm
Series: The Rain #2
Author: Virginia Bergin
Overall Rating: 4 stars

Ruby Morris is waiting. Waiting for her dad to come back to her. Waiting for the rain to stop. Waiting for the apocalypse to end. But the thing about waiting, you give up after a while and in a country where almost everybody is dead, there are no rules. She stole and wrecked a ferrari, broke out of an army base, shaved her head, and went to a party i
Rachel Gunter
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved an ARC of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

The Storm by Virginia Bergin is the sequel to The Rain...and it is pretty awesome. I'll definitely be buying a paperback version to go on my shelf because that cover is great..and of course I have to have it match my copy of The Rain!

So in The Rain we saw the rain become lethal to humans, one drop could kill...and it did, it killed many many people. Following the events of this book, The Storm continues t
Received as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! And thank you to the author also!

Stop eating the biscuits!

This book was so much more action packed and crazier than the first book! It still terrified me just like the first book did as well! Seriously it was so mysterious and crazy! Great! I loved Ruby's development between the first and the second book and I love her vast knowledge and how strong willed and adult-like she is in this book! Though it is a shame that t
Oct 08, 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!**

The Storm was even better than H2O, and I did not think that was possible. Once again, I was completely horrified and terrified of the rain. However, it was not raining and thundering this time when I read Bergin's novel!

I absolutely loved Darius in this novel. His relationship with Ruby was great. I liked Darius from the second that I met him in the first book, so I loved the moments that involved hi
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so torn. On the one hand, it was great and on the other, it was a big disapointment.

(view spoiler)
Desirae Clark
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse
Brilliant work. Loved it so freaking much it hurt.
Virginia Bergin remained my favorite author and I'm stoked to be reading more of her works in the future! A book you will not regret reading ♡
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed this book far more than the first one. The writing was great, the story was interesting and faster ( and a bit predictable) and Ruby didn't annoy me as much.
J.A. Belfield
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both the secret and the keeper of the secret ... Ruby is back. And she's just as cool as she was in The Rain.
Full review to come.
Danielle Frost
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, favourites
I really liked this book, though I didn't like what happened half way through, it slightly annoyed me.
But I did see it coming, I just hoped it wouldn't be the case, but either way 4.5 stars :)
Lexi Herondale
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this duology. Why don't more people know about it? It's amazing!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Oh wow! brilliant!

Well after reading The Rain, I couldn't wait to read The Storm, I had so many questions, the main one being Will Ruby ever meet up with her dad? Because surely then all her problems will be over? I actually chose to read this one straight after book one. I usually read at least one different book before continuing a series but felt so invested in & engrossed in the world created by Virginia Bergin, that I picked this one straight up and began reading it lat
Jenna Thiry
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first book, Virginia Bergin gives us a glimpse of what it’s like in the life of fifteen-year old Ruby Morris. Life sucks, her whole family is dead, except maybe her father, all her friends are dead, and she was ripped away from Darius, who is possibly the only boy left on the face of the planet. She is shallow, and self-centered. By the end of book one, we see Ruby start to grow up. During the second book, Ruby’s personality slightly changes, but her actions do not. She is still self-cent ...more
Julia Travis
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Can you give a book 6 stars? Because this book definitely needs it! This was a perfect sequel to an amazing story, and it concluded the series so well. I love Ruby and her personality; I love how she can be literally living through an apocalypse and her thoughts are still hilarious. The scenarios described in this book are, in my opinion, exactly what a teenager would do in an apocalypse. This book is so fictional yet so realistic; it made me not want to go outside in the rain. This book is SOOO ...more
Apr 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lol. Just lol.

I cannot form sane thoughts about this book. I said I wasn't going to read it. I lied. I had to know what happened. I'm a sucker like that. I shouldn't have read it. It was awful. However, it was hilarious. I was ROARING. I could not stop laughing. And no that should not be a funny book. It was cheesy and awkward and painful to read sometimes, but man it made me crack up.

I have no other words, except piss off Ruby.
Angela Auten
The ending was great, but I didn't like 50% of the book. The first one was definitely better. Review to come.

This is the second buddy read I have done with my best friend. I am really starting to enjoy buddy reads. Can't wait to have another!
Jeremy Beitz
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book, as long as you remember it is like one big diary entry. I do wish it would explain why some of the things happened, but I guess you cant always have all the answers.
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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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