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The Storm

The Storm Book Cover The Storm
Virginia Bergin
Juvenile Fiction
Sourcebooks Fire
October 1, 2015

Three months after the killer rain first fell, Ruby is beginning to realise her father might be dead, and that she cannot survive alone. When a chance encounter lands her back in the army camp, Ruby thinks she is safe - at a price. Being forced to live with Darius Spratt is bad enough, but if Ruby wants to stay she must keep her eyes - and her mouth - shut. When she realizes what is going on - the army is trying to find a cure by experimenting on human subjects - Ruby flips out and makes an even more shocking discovery: she's not useless at all. She is immune to the killer in the rain.



“The Storm” is the sequel to “H2O”, the apocalyptic novel about killer rain.

Ruby is the same as she was in “H2O”, complete with microscopic steps toward personal growth.  Many of the other eclectic characters also make reappearances, with their stories further expanded upon.  This was the best part of “The Storm”.

Unfortunately, the rest of it seemed to lack cohesion.  The story was enjoyable, but seemed to skip around, with the most important parts cut short.  Some of it made no sense at all.  The ending was rushed and felt like it should have been an entirely separate book.  Additionally, there was another case of “Emotional Blackmail” present, bringing in something that was wedged into the plot just to force an emotional reaction from the reader.

If you read and enjoyed “H2O”, then I do recommend you read “The Storm” to find out how it all ends, but be prepared for some frustration.  I hope there is a third, because I have seen the potential of the story and the author’s talent, and it would be a shame for it to end this way.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Content Warning:

Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence, Gore