The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Creek’s Cause is used to severe weather phenomena, but when Asteroid 9918 Darwinia breaks up while entering the atmosphere, the rains that accompany it are anything but natural. Everyone eighteen years old and older are affected by particles in the air and seem to become the dreaded “Z” word. Chance and Patrick are able to fight off several infected adults and hide with other survivors in the local high school. This unknown parasite turns people as soon as they turn eighteen, and Patrick’s birthday is right around the corner. Will these children be able to understand the transformation before it affects Patrick? Will this infection be the end of human kind?
The Rains is the first book in a new post-apocalyptic series. Readers who reveled in the survivors of the Quarantine series will quickly see the similarities and differences with this new adventure. Hurwitz has created an end of world scenario that is frighteningly plausible, yet completely unbelievable. The issues these children and one adult are forced to deal with will have readers asking themselves how they would react. This first book has a satisfactory ending, yet the rest of the series is securely mapped out for several more volumes. A great read that will keep readers entertained throughout.
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