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The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz: Review and Giveaway!

Saturday, November 26, 2016
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 weeks 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.

Goodreads Summary

This was one of the most inventive books of 2016 for me. Gregg Hurwitz crafted a masterful tale blending biology with science fiction zombies. Chance and Patrick, the protagonists of our story, are two brothers who manage to pull the kids who are not yet zombified together and form a bit of a base at a school. They only know that after a certain age no one is safe from the brain-eating spores and will turn into a host for some unknown species. The kids struggle to grasp both the situation and what has happened to their loved ones. Chance and Patrick make some startling discoveries and there is a bit of a love interest (not too much of the story, but enough to spice things up) semi love triangle.

I really liked the boys' characters. Patrick was patient and kind. He was more of a thinker. Chance was a little more impulsive, passionate, and more of a doer. The pair worked well together and had each other at a time when most of the kids had lost their families. Patrick was turning 18 not too long after the zombies were discovered and Chance knew that he had to discover the source and, hopefully, the cure before his brother's 18th birthday. The story is told mainly from Chance's perspective and made to seem as if the book is a compilation of diary entries (a la World War Z). I throroughly enjoyed this book and can't recommend it enough to anyone who enjoys zombies, fast-paced action, and a unique plot.

5 Stars


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  1. I would party like it's 1999!

  1. I think I would get myself as far away from civilization as possible if I was going to turn into a zombie.

  1. Unknown said...:

    Book sounds great. I think it's going on my tbr shelf.

  1. Unknown said...:

    if I was about to turn 18 and zombies were coming ... id prepare as any person.. and have a little fun just in case lol

  1. Penny said...:

    Probably take myself out before I ate any brains. Thanks for the giveaway!

  1. What would you do if your 18th birthday was coming up and you knew you would turn into a zombie? If no cure existed I would probably commit suicide after arranging to be cremated rather do harm to other people that I cared for. annfesATyahooDOTcom

  1. If I knew I was about to turn into a zombie I would visit a few buffets and enjoy REAL food before I became hungry for flesh

  1. I would try and live up being human.