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The Rain Never Came

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In a thirsty, drought-stricken Australia, the country is well and truly sunburnt. As the Eastern states are evacuated to more appealing climates, a stubborn few resist the forced removal. They hide out in small country towns – where no one would ever bother looking.

Bill Cook and Tobe Cousins are united in their disregard of the law. Aussie larrikins, they pass their hot, m
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 25th 2017 by Odyssey Books
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As Australia suffers one of the worst droughts for many a year THE RAIN NEVER CAME is based on a very topical fear. In fact the current weather situation makes the whole scenario to be not so far-fetched – it could become reality. The descriptions are all too familiar with the scenes being played on my TV on the nightly news.

…It was a desiccated void, thousands of acres of desolate pasture, all that remained of a land where cattle and sheep used to roam, where corn and wheat had grown tall and s
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The Rain Never Came situates the reader in a drought stricken Australia with a distinctly post-apocalyptic feel. The long drought has resulted in a division in the country leaving a lawless, wild area that government forces have struggled to control. Those left ‘beyond the line’ face being rounded up and sent to government camps with an uncertain future. ‘The
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bursting onto the Australian literary scene like a ripe pimple on the face of a pubescent boy, Lachlan Walter is an author we will no doubt be hearing more of as time goes on. 'The Rain Never Came' is a delightfully raunchy tale of two scallywag mates and the zany hijinks that ensue as they bounce their way from one madcap adventure to the next, like an aging alcoholic at last drinks in the local front bar. One would have to go back quite a long way to find a more accomplished and riveting debut ...more
Happy Booker
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The rain never came is a dystopian fiction novel. Australia is badly burnt, everyone is moving to better feasible places to live but, some resist. In this chaotic world, two Australian friends meet, and that is where the story takes an interesting turn. The two friends endure humorous back and forths with authority and officials.

I liked the fact how the story was not so far-fetched from reality. Although the world setting and description of the whole situation has not yet happened in the current
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in small-town Australia in the near future, this fast-paced novel presents a dystopian drought-stricken landscape. The writing has a very enjoyable rhythmic quality that makes the book hard to put down. It tells the story of two mates and their community as they try to navigate the dangers of this future world. A gripping tale, as it is perhaps easy to see how this fictional environment could become a dire reality. The book presents an engaging blend of discomfort with humour, depravation wi ...more
Penny Houghton
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book, just wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. Loved the author's descriptive style, and the Aussie colloquialisms made the book even more enjoyable as part of the story about two Aussie mates trying to battle authority in a rather mangled world of the future. The characters are real, the setting typical of the Australian countryside, nothing is overdone or overstated. Fantastic first novel, want to read more from Lachlan Walter.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
**This book was reviewed by independent request

The Rain Never Came, by Lachlan Walter, is the story of two friends living in a desolate, sun-scorched Australia, where it hasn’t rained properly for decades. War further decimated and desecrated the land. Tobe, a transient scavenger, has come home to his little nameless town and meets up with his mate Bill at a impromptu ballgame happening between the locals, and a First Country team.

Bill and Tobe catch up on old times during the duration of the g
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Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting story. At first I had difficulty with the slow pace, but soon it seemed natural to the time, place, and the depth of despair and pain the people endure and exude. Even their surroundings – dust, dead vegetation, no living animals except for the occasional bird – drag them down.

Bill and Tobe are the best of friends and brother-in-laws. Bill’s sister died many years ago and perhaps that loss helps keep them together. Tobe has a tendency to disappear for long periods of time,
Octavia Cade
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Really enjoyable post-apocalyptic novel that gets extra points from me for its refusal to engage in the most obnoxious (and nearly ubiquitous) trope of this genre: sexual assault to show how bad things are. Instead, attention is given to how communities come together in unfortunate circumstances, how choices are necessary in order to survive, and how those choices are often more to do with the survival of self-respect than they are with anything else. Also worth noting is the strong and continue ...more
Megan | A Page to Turn
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, dystopian
The Rain Never Came is a debut novel. A great dystopian read, set in the dry and drought stricken outback. I really enjoyed the realness of this book, even though it's set in a country that I've never visited before. I've always had a joy in reading a book written by an Aussie - and this one didn't disappoint.

'The Rain Never Came' has a writing style that is so refined, it was so easy to read, very fast paced, and super interesting. It's the tale of two Australian friends battling the authority
Josef Peeters
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mates, mateship, the thread-like spirit that binds the unique people of Australia is clearly depicted in this dystopian tale of drought and despair. When all else has abandoned humanity, it is that singular enduring quality that forces life to persist beyond all hope. Searing landscapes fraught with the hardship and suffering endemic of the driest continent on Earth, are summoned clearly to the reader's mind through the graphic descriptions supplied by the author, Lachlan Walter, in his debut no ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dry humour in a dry land

This book is written on a knife-edge line between survival and despair. The prose is perfect and the characters compelling. A blinding-hot addition to the field of Australian science fiction.
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I felt it ended too soon! Hopefully there is scope for further reading about Tobe, and Bill.

Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
"The Rain Never Came" as well as a plot, suspense or purpose.
It's dystopian, dull and distinctly one I cannot recommend.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm glad to have read to the author's bio, which highlighted an interest in post-apocalyptic and science fiction. Otherwise, I would have had no idea what the heck this book was about. And even then, I'm not sure I got it entirely b/c sci-fi is not my thing. Like the arid landscape setting, the plot is sparse on action, except for gushes here and there. And character descriptions are more drips that catch you on the shoulder after waiting patiently for a while. Also, I'm pretty sure the moral is ...more
Ray Hibbert
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great Australian post apocalyptic road trip. Very beleivable settings and characters. Refreshing after reading so much US-centric post apocalyptic novels in my life.
Dave-Brendon Burgh
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon.
Michael Joseph
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
You can read my review “The Rain Never Came” at my web site. ...more
Monita Gangavarapu
This is an Australian post-apocalyptic science fiction and it's really good in a grown up 'Tomorrow when the war began' kind of way.

This is a signed copy, I met the author and bought the book at Clunes Booktown 2019. It is refreshingly Australian without cliches.

There is blood and guts; there is mateship; there are vague references to true love but overall the book is quite wholesome. It even has four legged furry characters to fall in love with. I guessed the big reveal so early that by the tim
Linda Chance
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ebook galley of this book in exchange for a review, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. On the one hand, it seemed like a very realistic scenario with a calamity of unknown causes and people defying authorities to live their lives as they see fit. But there were stretches where I felt I missed some clues as to why the characters, particularly Tobe, were behaving as they did. Maybe I didn’t understand the dialogue well enough, though I am familiar with some Australian slang. Even ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
In the interests of full disclosure, Walter and I went to high school together, though haven't been in touch much since. I bought this book in part because of that connection, but also because the setting and the characters (based on the blurb) promised to be familiar to that shared experience.

And they were. The greatest strength of this novel is in the way Walter evokes the setting, and the way he allows that laconic Aussie character to express itself through Bill and Tobe. Their relationship i
Kathryn Gossow
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dry dystopia

Living in Australia we all know that parched land feeling when we think it will never rain again. That’s why it is so easy for me to imagine the dystopia Walter has created in The Rain Never Came. In part this is a story about survival but it is also about grief and friendship and deciding where your loyalties lie. If you like a book with adventure you will like this. If you are scared by climate change this book might shatter you.
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Lachlan Walter is a writer, science-fiction critic and nursery-hand (the garden kind, not the baby kind), and is the author of two books: the deeply Australian post-apocalyptic tale The Rain Never Came, and the giant-monster story-cycle We Call It Monster. He also writes science fiction criticism for Aurealis magazine, his short fiction can be found floating around online, and he has completed a P ...more

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