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MP!er Roisin shares her thoughts on ‘the epic, emotional journey of Ruby Morris’ in ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Roisin shares her thoughts on ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin. The first in a series of cling to your seat sci-fi thrillers.

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Describe the plot of The rain:  in a tweet – less than 140 characters please.
The rain takes you on the epic, emotional journey of Ruby Morris’ fight for survival, does the will to survive conquer the elements?
What genre would you class the book as?
The book clearly falls into the fantasy genre I mean there’s killer rain, but personally I think it really fits into the ever growing popular genre of dystopian lit.
What was the best bit?
In all honesty I cant think of a particular part that’s my favourite, I love the whole book! Although the whole writing as if it’s referring to it being made into a film is a great touch. Personally however I love the fact that there’s no real hero just a young girl who’s determined to survive
Anything you didn’t like?
The fact that it ended. Seriously though the only fault I had is that you didn’t get full closure on some of the charecters. It kinda made me feel like Hazel Grace reading an Imperial Affliction.
Would you recommend the rain to your friends?
Yes because its not that typical fantasy dystopian book. It’s different, it’s not completely unrealistic but not completely realistic either!
Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
Personally because the main character is female it seems like natural instinct to say girls, however it’s not like there’s flying unicorns or ultra hot vampires that will limit the gender of the target audience.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about the book?
Yes. If dystopian lit, fantasy or even books about the weather interest you, get the book. It’s that book that regardless what you like you can enjoy! You also you may need tissues.

Mp!er Beth shares her thoughts on ‘couldn’t bare to put down’ book, ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Beth shares her thoughts on ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin. The first in a series of cling to your seat sci-fi thrillers. the rain2
Describe the plot of The Rain in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!

Ruby Morris is a typical teenager until one night, killer rain hits. She is left alone, trying to survive while being aware of the fact that, at any moment, it could rain and put an end to her and civilization.
What genre would you class the book as?
What was the best bit?
The best bit for me would have to be when Ruby was allowed off the coach to see Darius. Although this was probably meant as a sad part, it was here that I realised how much Ruby had changed throughout the book and, although at first Darius was the last person she wanted to see, at this point, he was the only person she wanted to see.
Anything you didn’t like?
Not at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it was well written and had aspects of humour which kept it from turning into a very sad book that was not enjoyable to read.
Would you recommend The Rain to your friends?
Most definitely! I would recommend it to anyone that likes reading Young Adult books, really.
Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
I think it would appeal to both genders but probably more to girls as the protagonist is a girl.
Anything else you would like to tell us about the book?
I have never read anything like this before as I tend to stick to the same sort of books. I am glad I took a chance with this book as it was a book that I couldn’t bare to put down as I kept wanting to know what would happen next. I am looking forward to the sequel and seeing what happens to Ruby and whether she finds her dad.
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MP!er Katie shares her thoughts on ‘apocalyptic science fiction’ by Virginia Bergin.

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Katie shares her thoughts on ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin. The first in a series of cling to your seat sci-fi thrillers. 
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Describe the plot of ‘The Rain’ in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
There’s something in the rain, something deadly… Ruby Morris must find a way to survive and get to London, meeting some interesting survivors on the way!
What genre would you class the book as?
A piece of apocalyptic, science fiction for fans of the YA genre.
What did you think of the ‘The Rain’?

The Rain is an AMAZING read!! I could not put it down! I am a big fan of stories set post apocalypse and this is one of the best examples of the genre I have read for a long time. The characters are so lifelike and relatable that you find yourself completely involved. I honestly felt I had lost some friends once I finished reading – which wasn’t long as I raced to the end, devouring each page as if it was the very last book in the world!

What was the best bit?
I love how real the character of Ruby is. She is relatable and totally going through all the thoughts and feelings I would be if I was in her “it’s the end of the world” position. She is quite different from a lot of recent central characters within YA fiction because she does things wrong, she isn’t perfect and she doesn’t often try to be. I found it refreshing to read about a character who wasn’t all bravo heroics! I liked that Ruby was worried about what her make up, hair or clothes looked like.

I thought the part where Ruby was in the army camp was a brilliant piece of writing. It was described so well I really thought I was there.  Ruby’s thoughts and emotions during this part of the book really demonstrate how far she has come and developed as a character.

Anything you didn’t like?
I found the butterfly icon used throughout the text annoying. I understand why it was used but I personally found it detracted a little from the flow of reading.
Would you recommend ‘The Rain’ to your friends?
Most definitely! In fact I keep being told to be quiet about it as I can’t stop talking about it!
Do you think it would appeal to boys or girls more? Or both?
I think mostly girls. Mainly because Ruby talks often about very girly things (such as the major disaster when she overdoes the fake tan and hair dye!) and her feelings (her kiss with Casper, her thoughts when locked in a cupboard with Darius…) not to say that boys won’t enjoy it either! Just that girls will recognise something of themselves in Ruby and so find it easier to relate.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about the book?
Just that you NEED to read this! (And I really, really hope there is anther book!! I must know what happens!)

Monday’s Twitter Take Over: @VeeBergin author of ‘The Rain’ will be taking over @maximumpop from 7PM

Calling all bookworms and budding writers!

Author of ‘The Rain’ Virginia Bergin will be taking over the @maximumpop account on Monday from 7pm.

Find out all the ‘The Rain’ goss, how she overcomes writers block and anything else that’s been making you ponder. Like her opinion on Harry Styles hairband, because come on, we all have something to say about that, don’t we?

To get noticed and your questions answered use the hashtag #TheRainMaxPop this is going to be fun, and weird. But mostly fun.

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Virginia Bergin chats to us about dream casting ‘The Rain’ movie.

Virginia Bergin had a chat with us about who she’d like to cast as actors and actresses when ‘The Rain’ makes it on to the big screens. Fingers crossed a big shot director makes this happen soon. WE CAN’T WAIT MUCH LONGER. 

Hey . . . It’s me, Virginia Bergin . . . I wrote ‘The Rain’ and – you want to know the weirdest thing? It started off as a film script, way back in 2007 . . . So when Maximum Pop! asked me to cast The Rain, I said, YES!!!!

Ruby’s heart throb and first love . . . Uh; it’s gotta be

Harry Styles
Harry Styles

Ha! Ruby was almost going to name one of her guinea-pigs Mr Styles (the hair!) . . . But really; the question you have to ask yourself is . . .  Did Caspar really love Ruby, or was he just looking for a record deal? (Ruby’s dad, Dominic, works in the music industry.) Hmm . . . 

Well . . . I really wanted to cast:


Moss from the IT Crowd (Richard Ayoade) 

But he’d be too old to play Darius! WAH! So unless someone can come up with a better idea, the only other young British super-nerd I can think of is:

Simon Bird (from The Inbetweeners)


But I think Darius is really sweet – and much more attractive than Ruby will admit. We’ll just have to see how things are going to work out between them . . .

I love this kid so much! She’s so important! She doesn’t speak (so far?!), so we don’t really know a single thing about her, other than that she’s smart, brave and a survivor . . .


Rubina Ali (from Slumdog Millionaire)

EURCH! You are so meant to hate her! To me, she is like:

Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical)

Except . . . what if Ruby has got this girl all wrong?! In ‘The Rain’, anything is possible . . .

Ruby’s mum, Rebecca:


Dawn French

Ruby’s bird-watching step-dad, Simon:


Wildlife TV Presenter Simon King!

King Xar:

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Samuel Larsen (from Glee)

(He’d better get a pac-a-mac on quick or he’ll get rained on.)

The scary posh bloke:

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Alan Rickman (Professor Snape!)


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Nah . . . I’m not going to say!

It’s been fun doing this casting, but the truth is I really hate describing ANY character’s physical appearance.  In ‘The Rain’, Ruby is probably a white girl (because I wanted to mess around with the whole ‘orange fake-tan’ thing!) . . . But that’s pretty much all you know about her.

I will never, ever say who I think she might look like . . . But you can!

All suggestions welcome! (Because the film rights for ‘The Rain’ are up for sale RIGHT NOW!).

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Wednesday’s Comp of the Day: Win a copy of ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

July has been all about ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin here at Maximum Pop!. We can’t get enough of this thrilling book and with all the thunder and lightening battering England last week, we started to wonder if what we read was coming alive!

We’ve got 10 copies of this brilliantly gripping book to give away to you smelly lot. To be in with a chance of grabbing a copy and reading it whilst snuggled in bed all you have to do is RT the tweet below and follow @maximumpop. We couldn’t make it much easier than that, could we?! Good luck!

WIN! Thrilling new book ‘The Rain’ by @VeeBergin. Follow @maximumpop and RT to enter. Closes 30/7 9pm. Open worldwide pic.twitter.com/ibhVeamyAC

— Maximum Pop! (@maximumpop) July 23, 2014

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MP!er Jennifer shares her thoughts on cling-to-your-seat thriller ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Jennifer shares her thoughts on ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin. The first in a series of cling to your seat sci-fi thrillers. 

the rain2Describe the plot of ‘The Rain’ in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
Years ago an asteroid was heading for earth, a rocket was fired at it and it was smashed to smithereens. That was the beginning of the end for everyone on earth. A bacterium has been inside the asteroid and now it is in the rain and killing people that it touches. This is the story as told by Ruby Morris. (Bit longer than asked for, I got carried away!)

What genre would you class the book as?
Sci-Fi/ Thriller

What was the best bit?
My favourite bit was when Ruby went shopping along Oxford Street, suddenly she saw the most gorgeous person ever! In the end she managed to figure out it was a beautiful guy who gave her a stunning make over. It made me giggle how surreal this part of the book was with everything going on. The book makes you laugh as well as want to scream… in a good way.

Anything you didn’t like?
No! It was a well written book and told in a way that kept you wanting to read more. It makes you wonder what the world would be like if it happened, I kept looking out of the window at the dark sky filled with clouds and thinking what if?!

Would you recommend ‘The Rain’ to your friends?
Yes, in fact I’ve already recommended it to my friends and family.

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
I think it’s suitable for everyone, I read this book in 2 days and it’s not often that I can’t book a book down.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about the book?
I can’t wait to read the sequel ‘The Storm’ so I can find out what has happened to Ruby, I want to know if her dad and brother turn up at the house!

Follow our #BookClub for all things ‘The Rain’ in July. There’s free chapter giveaways, competitions and exclusive content, only on Maximum Pop!

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WATCH: The haunting trailer for July’s book club ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

It might be summer but here at MP! we’re talking all things rain in this months #BookClub. The first in a thrilling new series by Virginia Bergin, prepare to look out the window anxiously, laugh and not be able to put this book down.

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July’s Free Chapter: ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

The first in a new thrilling series, ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin will have you hanging off every word and clinging to the edge of your seat as you look out the window at the rain and wonder… what if?

Read the first chapter exclusively below:



You Review: We need 10 followers to review ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

We’re one step closer to heaven baby, one step closer to youuu! We’re also already in the month of July, blimey. That means only one thing at MP! we’ve got a brand new book for all of you to get the all the goss, behind the scenes exclusives, interviews and more.

This month we’re talking about all things ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin in our #BookClub.

If you fancy giving it a read and having your review posted on Maximum Pop! for the whole world to see, then drop us a tweet @maximumpop