Amazing premise, brilliant storytelling, superb survival story… And an extremely annoying protagonist.
We meet Ruby Morris at a time when her life is almost perfect. she’s in the jacuzzi at her friend’s house, about to kiss the dreamboat she’s had a crush on forever, when all of a sudden, her friend’s dad Barnaby runs out into the garden, shouting at the top of his voice, ‘It’s in the rain!’. Barnaby tells everyone to get inside the house right away, just as the rain begins to pour.
Two weeks later, everyone Ruby has ever been close to is dead, and so begins a unique and heart stopping survival story, complete with twists and turns that shock and surprise.
But along the way, despite the intriguing storyline, Ruby continues to be annoying and a little self centered at times. Whilst the end of the world is unfolding around her, she preoccupies herself with looting empty shopping centers and dressing up as if she’s about to go out clubbing.
The author uses a butterfly symbol to replace swear words within the text, to signify Ruby respecting her mum’s memory as her mum is dead and didn’t like swearing. This probably won’t bother most people, but I’d rather read the swear words as oppose to thinking up my own on the spot.