What I’m Reading: H2O

Ugh. This. Book.  It had such potential! It fell so hard. Even my mom, who’d read it before I did, warned me. You might have a hard time with the main character, Ruby.  Thanks, mom.

Synopsis: “It’s in the rain…and just one drop will kill you.

They don’t believe it at first. Crowded in Zach’s kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach’s parents’ frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, “It’s in the rain! It’s fatal, it’s contagious, and there’s no cure.”

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who’s been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby’s only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he’s even still alive.” – Goodreads

I felt compelled to write a review solely because of how terrible the main character was.  Nevermind the tragic nonsense logic or even the inaccurate science behind so much of this story.

– There’s no way everyone would just die on the same day or week before warnings would be issued. Really the odds would be in your favor (ha.ha.ha) it doesn’t rain everywhere at once.

– How is the moisture in the air not filled with these scary “SPACE BUGS OF DOOM”???

– I’m pretty sure the cell networks and even the internet would stay up and running so long as the power grids were operational.  Which there’s no reason why they wouldn’t be, even in this kind of scenario….because there would be way more survivors than what the author wants to you to believe.

But I digress….

I typically like these doomsday/apocalyptic survival stories, but I think we’ve been spoiled by what are now household names in this YA genre (Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.) It’s a high bar to set and then write towards, but for the LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY there is a very CLEAR reason those books were so damn good!

They each had a strong, smart, capable of growing, learning from experiences and expressing empathy lead female.

Ruby is a bitch of a brat.  There’s just no way around it.  It’s beyond stereotypical 15 yr old rubbish.  It was quite frankly almost unbelievable. How the hell does someone like her survive in this kind of scenario? Which by the way is a great concept.  I was physically and mentally willing Ruby to just freaking DIE already so we could get a character more worthy of such a token role.  I personally don’t even know of any 15 yr olds who are THAT ridiculous.  Maybe I am lucky?  She’s such a horrible example and the author either hasn’t spent much time around 15 yr olds or is just writing off of how she perceives them to be.

I would still suggest reading the book because it is pretty good, just try and skip as much of the Ruby angst and idiocy. They don’t serve any plot purpose other than to show that Ruby is still a bitchy, spoiled brat who has no redeeming qualities.  In fact, you’ll probably shorten the book by 1/3 doing this and it will be much more enjoyable.

The only reason to read the sequel, The Storm, is to find out why the animals aren’t getting sick.  That’s it.

Good luck reading this!  I’m sure the majority of us would survive killer rain because thankfully we’re not all “Rubys”.

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