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Publisher's Summary

In the tradition of Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave, the first YA novel 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.

©2016 Gregg Hurwitz. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Doesn't End!

The story has exciting moments, but bottom line...it ends as if in the middle of a chapter. The story is left hanging without any version of resolution. It is clear the story was designed to run on and on filling enough pages so that they could drag out the plot into at least one other book to sell. Not worth it at all.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Gregg Hurwitz-lite!!

I anxiously await anything written by Gregg Hurwitz. They are based (or were based) on the same formula--but I find them suspenseful and addicting. This is not the same. Granted, it is advertised as a YA novel--so the intended audience of this work is not the same.

That said--I liked the book. I wasn't hanging on every word like in his other books--but it provided an enjoyable distraction. I will purchase the next one to see what happens--but I won't be counting the minutes until publication. I hope he continues to write his other books-one of those I would gladly give up a final credit!

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A nice surprise

After I finished the audio book I thought I would read some of the other reviews before I got started on my own. In doing so I was a little disappointed to read some reviewers refer to this one as a zombie story. It is not a zombie story but there are some similar characters from popular zombie titles. For example, the main character 'Chance Rain' reminds me a lot of Zach Gunderson from 'Zombie Rules'. Both characters are young, smart and struggling with a hard luck story and both are looked as gifted leaders despite being so young. As the story unfolds I can't help but be reminded of 'Falling Skies' and 'The 5th Wave'.

The narration is clear and at a fair speed. I only turned this one up to 1.25x speed, meaning the original listening time of nearly 10 hours listening time was not decreased too much. This might be important for people whose purchasing decisions include a $/per hour factor.

I can't help but think that the story is aimed at a younger audience (not kids). The lack of swearing, and the lack of sex scenes is unusual in this type of thing.

This one was a step away from my usual zombie genre and truthfully I wasn't expecting much. However, I was kept interested the entire time. It had just enough twist and turns to keep me coming back to it. The narration suited the main character. There was just enough tension (I did not get worked up over it and upsetting my already upsetting work day!). I did get the sense that this one is going to be a long series and I will at least be willing to give the next one a go!

This 'fatman' is willing to give this title two fat thumbs up with a small 'heeeeey' being thrown into the mix... not a full on... loud and smiley 'HEEEEEEY!' That might be reserved for the next one, if and when it should appear in the series.

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interesting and worth reading

kept me wondering throughout. Just finished...still wondering. Have found with this author thst I'm always hoping the book is a series.

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Great book

Great book. I hope there is another one soon. I didn't want it to end.

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Starts slow, then picks up!

Really got into this book the last 4 chalters or so, can't wait for the sequel.

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Recording

2-4 the story repeated it self. Would prefer a female voice for women or children roles.

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The Raines

I am a big Greg Hurwitz fan. I have listened to all his books. Captivating and exciting. Now he ventures into sci fi with this book. He captures the humanity of monster books in a way that I have not heard since the original Frankenstein. This has to be Part 1 of a series and I look forward to more adventures.

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Intense Throughout.

If you could sum up The Rains in three words, what would they be?

Okay, three words... If it's three words about what it is about, I'd say: Aliens, Swarm, and Fight! If it's three words, describing the book and my reaction, I'd say: Intense, Unique, and Great!

What other book might you compare The Rains to and why?

I guess The 5th Wave, because of the aliens; however, I think it was written better than that book. This book is unique and I really couldn't get enough of it. From the start, it was so intense that I couldn't stop listening, but had to in order to keep my sanity.

Have you listened to any of Todd Haberkorn’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, however, I will say this, because I think it's important. When I first started listening (about thirty minutes in), I was annoyed by Haberkorn's teenage boy voice. BUT, please stick with it! I honestly can't imagine Chance being done by anyone else. He's absolutely perfect and it's so silly that I hated it at first.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well, I have a brother, so basically the whole relationship between Chance and Patrick was very personal for me. You could tell they just cared so much about each other.

Any additional comments?

I can't say: if you like this, you'll like "The Rains." But I will say read it. It's smart, well-written, and the narration is great.

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Entertaining

Kept my attention the whole time. Throughly enjoyed the story and performance. I would recommend for as young as teenagers and up.