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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,226 ratings  ·  255 reviews
The first YA page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young surviv
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Tor Teen
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Autumn It didn't have any curse words, it was a little intense at some times, and it was pretty gory. The whole book was about children being hunted so if…moreIt didn't have any curse words, it was a little intense at some times, and it was pretty gory. The whole book was about children being hunted so if that sort of things messes with you I wouldn't recommend it. I personally devoured the book, it sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. I died a little when I saw that the next book wasn't out yet.(less)
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

I picked The Rains up after my friend Lynn posted a status update about it being pretty gory for a teenie-bopper book. I didn’t really need to know anything else. Now that I’m finished????



Yeah, I may have been more than a bit long in the tooth to fully enjoy this one. But let’s not get ahead of things. I don’t know why, but for some reason I was expecting a story like this . . . .



Which was 100% inaccurate. Then I figured it was goin
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abby
Adults in the isolated farming town of Creek's Cause are acting a bit... strange. It all starts when an asteroid lands near town. A local man wakes up one morning looking very pregnant. Then he climbs atop a water tower and his stomach explodes, setting adrift pods of foreign particles. So that's odd. Then this farmer's wife turns into a child-hunting monster, her eyes burrowed out of her head and acting with super human strength and speed. It's as if some outside force is controlling her body. ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/12/04/...

Here’s the deal: if you’re a fan of zombie stories or if a zombie origin tale that puts a fresh spin on the genre sounds like it might interest you, then you’re going to want to check out The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz. Double bonus for you too if you prefer books with a YA bent, as this is the author’s first book in a new series targeting teen readers.

However, if you happen to be a science/biology geek or a stickler for commo
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Wendy
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books, jan-17
Gregg Hurwitz is one of my all-time favourite authors and I never hesitate to recommend one of his novels when someone is looking for a page-turning mystery/thriller.
This author decided to take a stab at writing a Young Adult, horror/science fiction novel and did it ever work! Loads of zombie-like creatures, grisly blood-soaked fights and an adventure so hair-raising you can't put it down.
A survival story in which brothers Patrick (17) and Chance (15) Rain and Patrick's girlfriend Alex are faced
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Justine
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
3.5 stars

A decently written alien invasion/zombie story that I enjoyed sufficiently to warrant the extra half star, even with the cliffhanger ending. A little more depth in the story and characters would have earned it 4 stars, for example, This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers.
Pamela
I have been musing on the phenomenon (a not unsurprising one) of bestselling authors of adult fiction writing kidlit or teen fiction. In my mental perambulations, I haven't stumbled across many authors who can write for different age groups at a consistently high level of quality. Here is my list:

Neil Gaiman
Jasper Fforde
Ursula LeGuin

Um, that's a short list. I'm sure I'm missing some people right now, but if you did a comparison of authors who excel in more than one age bracket as opposed to thos
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Crazy4Books
So excited I won a copy of this in a Goodreads Giveaway after waiting 2 months for a response from Netgalley. I finally got a response so now I have the ebook and a physical copy. Im so flipping happy this was on my most anticipated list for a while.

I love a good survival story and anything remotely similar to zombies. In this story parasites infect everyone over eighteen and the main characters brother Patrick’s eighteenth birthday is only a couple weeks away. Determined to save Patricks life a
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Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
No one under the age of 18 is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding. Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by once trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn 18 and Patrick's birthday is only a few days away. Determined to save Patrick's life and the lives of the ...more
Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord) Shannak
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This has not influenced my opinion in any way.

Actual rating is a 4.5-bleh-how-nastily-fantastic stars

Let me preface this review with this:

This book is not for the faint of heart.
It's straight up nasty. It's violent. It's graphic. It's creepy.

Really. I do not recommend reading this before going to sleep (unless, of course, you're in the mood to have a nightmare. If that's the case, go right ahead.)

Now that that's out of the
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Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
~ received as a review copy

THE RAINS was great fun.

Now generally speaking I am more of a science fiction reader than a horror reader, but this book crosses the boundaries of both so that you end up with a story that not only has a scifi skeleton, but which is fleshed out with action adventure and scary 'horror' tension.

The scifi elements are not new but the delivery more than makes up for it. This is what good YA scifi should be like. It is up close and personal. Told in first person with actio
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Olivia-Savannah  Roach
The Rains was a novel I looked forward to reading because I’d been reading a lot of contemporary novels. I wanted something with a bit more action in it amp up the suspense. I don’t think I realised just how much suspense I was in for.

Immediately, I fell in love with the writing style. The author’s writing isn’t particularly beautiful, but he writes the novel in a way which incorporates the reader themselves into the story. I especially liked it because it made the plot and the characters feel m
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Lolly's Library
Wow. What a fun, thrilling, and, yes, oftentimes quite frightening read!

The Rains was my first experience with author Gregg Hurwitz's work and all I can say is that I'm mightily impressed. It's obvious Hurwitz has written his fair share of screenplays as his writing style is quite kinetic, dynamic, and vivid, especially in scenes of great action and tension. In fact, with a single change in format, the opening scenes of the novel lay out the action in such a way you can almost see the shot and c
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Dayla
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique, exciting, fast-paced, and creepy! Great read!
Kirsti
Feb 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that just didn't work for me, despite the fact it absolutely should. I love Zombie books, so much I bought this and the second one together and now I won't read the second book either. Boo.

I'm not even sure why it didn't work, all I know is I got bored halfway and stopped reading. I have a heap of great books waiting to be read and I just couldn't find the energy to give to something I wasn't really enjoying, so I skipped to the end. I know, bad me.

Although I didn't
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Kristen Burns
3 Stars

Review:
*I won a copy of this book in a giveaway. This has not influenced my review.*

I really liked the touching family aspect in this book since the main character really looked up to his brother, and his brother was the one who was there for him. The whole brotherly love thing even added a bit of emotion to the story. I also thought the author chose a good setting and used it well; if ever there were a group of kids and teens who would be able to survive an alien invasion apocalypse, it
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Shane
Initially, I assumed The Rains was about zombies. Turns out the story is much bigger than that. Yes, people are indeed transformed into zombie-like states, but a more otherworldly and malicious situation was unfolding.

Gregg Hurwitz had my undivided attention from start, and my interest never drifted. I loved how he got right to it, building up this dark world of terror and intrigue. Loved that the main characters were two brothers, and they were interesting individuals too. I liked their bond a
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Carol Suraci
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new spin on zombies, engaging characters, a well-written story, exciting plot -- what more could a reader ask?
Adults as well as y/a readers will enjoy this novel. I enjoyed Mr. Hurwitz's THE RAINS so much that I am now reading the sequel, LAST CHANCE.
Cali Teer
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-tbr
3.5 stars**

Well, this was definitely a new take on the zombie apocalypse which is always a fun read. I liked the premise and I think the author had really good ideas and it was very well thought out but it fell a little flat for me overall. When I read books like this I am looking for more gore & violence and The Rains definitely lacked that which is disappointing because it had so much potential!

what I liked;

*The premise- Alien invasion leading to the hijacking of adult minds & turnin
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Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
I don't like SyFy... at all and the only reason I even picked up this book was because I thought it was about zombies. Yeah, no. I was wrong. I admit that.

But...

I'm so glad I read this book. It started out really slow and actually, pretty annoying. But there was something about this book that just kept me hooked. I can't say it was the writing. The writing was actually really choppy through a lot of the book. But maybe it was the mystery of the story line of wondering what was going to happen.
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Christaaay
"It began with a hard, slanting rain. And soon there was fire, too, but it wasn’t fire. Not really. It was the piece of Asteroid 9918 Darwinia breaking up above Earth, flaming as they entered the atmosphere."

Teenage brothers Chance and Patrick Rain know something is wrong when they hear screams coming from the farm next door. Their neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. McCafferty, appear possessed—with what, the Rains have no idea, and the terrified young McCafferty children don’t have any answers, either. Bu
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C. 8B Hayden
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was a very clear book it is written well
☣Lynn☣
Putting this down because my copy of Pitch Dark finally came!! Sorry book, maybe I'll come back to you some day....
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-series, arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This book was not at all what I expected, but in a good way. First of all, it can get gory. Second of all, it's totally creepy and third . . . well, you'd have to read it to find out all the things I love about it because I don't want to give away spoilers. The book is told in diary entries and the narrator is Chance, one of the Rain brothers. Chance and Patrick are not just brothers, they're best friends. Their parents died in
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Kathy Martin
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought THE RAINS was an excellent, fast-paced and engaging science fiction thriller. Told through the journal kept by Chance Rains, we learn about what happened after an alien invasion.

Chance and his older brother Patrick are orphaned and living with their aunt and uncle in an isolated rural community.Even at fifteen, Chance is doing a man's work on their farm and raising Rhodesian Ridgebacks for sale. One evening a meteor crashes near their home. Then strange plants grow in a fallow field an
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Jo
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
The Rains (Untitled #1)
By Gregg Hurwitz
Genre --YA

Synopsis
The first YA page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz

In one terrifying night, the peaceful community of Creek's Cause turns into a war zone. No one under the age of eighteen is safe. Chance Rain and his older brother, Patrick, have already fended off multiple attacks from infected adults by the time they arrive at the school where other young survivors are hiding.

Most of the kids they know have been dragged away by
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Ginger Nuts
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read “The Rains” by Gregg Hurwitz with great interest, as I’m always curious why bestselling adult writers decide to take a stab at writing YA. Hurwitz usually writes a book a year since his debut in 1999 and is a very popular producer of page-turning thrillers which sell very well. I’ve even read a few, as has the wife! So “The Rains” was a major change of pace for him, and over the whole I enjoyed it a lot. I must point out that it borrows heavily from a pretty wide range of both adult and o
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Jen
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I received this as an egalley through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**

I haven't read many alien invasion YA books aside from The 5th Wave series, but this one turned out to be an excellent decision to read. With a zombie apocalypse-esque plot and invasion tactics that were plausible and horrifying, Hurwitz has created a story full of action and suspense that kept this reader hooked until the very last page.

Told as journal entries chronicling the invasion from the moment it began, th
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OutlawPoet
So there's a blurb on the book from a famous zombie writer. I read his stuff - he's awesome. He calls this a 'reimagining of the zombie novel'.

No. No it's not.

It's basically kind of like a modern version of The Puppetmasters mixed with a little Alien and some War of the Worlds.

It starts out slowly and a little unevenly, but it soon finds its groove. I was quickly into the adventure of it, despite a few moments that were extremely derivative - or extremely silly. And eventually, it becomes epic a
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CR
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had many OMG moments in this one! So this one folks is for higher YA no middle graders or freshman please.

This story is so engrossing that you won't be able to put it down! I stayed up until almost 2am to finish it (I started late) and I was just kind of dead by the time I was done it was just that good. The author takes the concept of an alien invasion and turns it on its head to make some major freaky zombies!! This is one I could see easily becoming a movie! I can't wait for book two! I lo
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