Saturday, October 15, 2016

ARC Review: The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

The Rains
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Publication: Tor Teen (October 18, 2016)

Description: 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 once-trusted adults who are now ferocious, inhuman beings. The parasite that transformed them takes hold after people turn eighteen--and Patrick's birthday is only a few days away.

Determined to save Patrick's life and the lives of the remaining kids, the brothers embark on a mission to uncover the truth about the parasites--and what they find is horrifying. Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity's only hope for salvation.

My Thoughts: 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 and, when ripe, expel spores into the air. A neighbor inhales the spores and soon something is growing in him. When it becomes ripe, the man climbs to the top of a local water tower and explodes expelling new spores which cause all the adults to change. The adults begin to gather up all the children for some unknown purpose.

Chance, his brother Patrick and Patrick's girlfriend Alex make it to the high school which has become a refuge for the surviving children. The only adult there is their former family doctor who became a  science teacher when his multiple sclerosis made him unable to practice medicine. Even though the adults have cut all the power in the town, the kids soon learn that the problem is apparently local since the old TV with rabbit ears lets them see what is happening in neighboring towns.

They learn that eighteen is the magical age when the airborne spores chance people into the Hosts -- and Patrick is just days away from his eighteenth birthday. Chance is determined to find a way to save his brother from being taken over by the aliens. The three of them - Chance, Patrick, and Alex - decide to try to get out of the valley to get help. Their attempt is filled with danger and ultimately unsuccessful when they witness more asteroids hitting the nearby towns.

Now they need another plan...

With strong, well-developed characters, this is an action-packed rather violent science fiction story that reminded me a lot of 1950s science fiction movies. It is clearly the first of a series but well worth reading if you enjoy science fiction.

Favorite Quote: 
"Those adults out there" -- Chatterjee pointed a trembling finger through the doorway of the nearest classroom to the windows and beyond -- "have been infected." He shook the detector, the words blinking out at us again: UNIDENTIFIED PARTICULATE. "This parasite attacked their white matter."

"So why didn't it attack ours?" Alex asked.

"You're teenagers", he said. "You have less."

Patrick drew back his head. "We do?"

"Of course, kids have a lesser-developed frontal cortex."
I received this review book from the publisher. You can buy your copy here.

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