It's a number that marks the percentage of the population that has survived. It's a number that means she's one of the "lucky" few still standing. And it's a number that says her father is probably dead.
Against all odds, Ruby has survived the catastrophic onset of the killer rain. Two weeks after the radio started broadcasting the warning, "It's in the rain. It's fatal and there's no cure," the drinkable water is running out. Ruby's left with two options: persevere on her own, or embark on a treacherous journey across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive.
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There is nothing in the world quite so droll, so understated, so stiff-upper-lipped as a British apocalypse. That sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but I am totally not. Ruby is fifteen in Dartbridge, England. The killer rain is coming, and Ru isn't even at home with her mom and step-dad. What is she going to do? No Katniss, Ru is not going to whittle a longbow and protect her family at all costs. No Tris, Ru is not going to accept being the plain girl with the unusually heroic divergence. No, Ru, a normal, semi-popular 15 year old, is going to make a lot of stupid decisions, get lucky often, and loot stores for fabulous fashion while generally muddling through. And I was surprised how much I liked her for it. The basic premise of this book is so horrifying: a bacterium from space, released when we blew up an asteroid that was going to hit the earth, has passed into the atmosphere and saturated the rain. If you drink it, you die horribly. And fast. If you get wet, you die...
Picking up H2O at the bookstore, I was intrigued by the idea of "killer rain". After it sat on my bookshelf for a few months, I just got around to reading it and, well, I have some thoughts. I still feel like the premise of the book is an attention-grabber. A good old-fashioned apocalypse. What fun! However, I find myself wishing that the story was told from the view of a different character. Anyone. Just not this obnoxious, braindead teenage girl named Ruby Morris.
The book begins with her first kiss from her crush at a pool party, and minutes later, the same boy is poisoned by the rain, because his MP3 player was worth running out into the killer rain for. These are the kind of characters we're dealing with. Once back home, Ruby realizes that she forgot her cell phone at the party. OH SWEET HEAVENS. Now it's an apocalypse!
Okay, I admit it, as someone still in my teen-to-adult years, I often have my phone/music player attached at the hand. But I expect...
The synopsis promises a survival tale about a young girl whose got nothing to lose. I'm sad so say that the synopsis was this book's strongest point.
Plot: H20 opens with Ruby at a party at her friend's house doing what teenagers do: drink, dance, make out. Everything changes within 5 minutes and most Ruby's friends and family are dead because of a simple rain shower. Eventually, Ruby has nothing left in her small town and sets off on an adventure to find her father. From the start this book was a mess. The action goes from 0 to 60 without any real emotion connected to the characters so I felt nothing when someone died. For a flesh-destroying bacteria, I expected a lot more focus on the agony and the process of how the rain can kill a person but we aren't privy to that kind of information. What this book lacked was the sense of urgency. Seeing how millions of people just died in 10 minutes, you would expect a survivalist tone from the characters but...
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