Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude.
Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks. The world is in the midst of a strange and frightening transition; something that fell with the red rain is remaking Earth in its own alien image.
Now, Emily alone will bear witness to the terrifying new evolution - and risk her life to outrun it, for the sake of the future and in the name of all that is human.
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Several hours that I'll never get back
If a story in which the primary character is a naive dim bulb who repeatedly takes, what in my estimation are, idiotic, ignorant, short sighted actions, sounds interesting to you then this book might be right up your alley. Personally, I found myself repeatedly saying "idiot" out loud each time the central character did something ill advised or conceived and then had to deal with the consequences of her incompetence. In all fairness, I may not have fared any better in similar circumstances. Hopefully I'll never have to find out.
Had the author written the story with a central character who had a bit more understanding of life in general, this could have a much more enjoyable and interesting book.
Wouldn't have been able to finish this book
I was disappointed in the main character. Almost every aspect of her. I also didn't buy the fact that she couldn't drive even though she grew up in a rural area and not in New York so therefor I felt her plan to bike her way out of harm is foolish and unnecessary. The book also moves at a slug pace. You hear about every single action Emily makes. Even the ones that are unimportant. She took off her shirt and her pants and her socks and her panties (hate that word but they use it) and she put on new panties and shirt and pants and socks.... Get on with it!
The only comparison I have been making this book to is the remaining by D. J. Molles simply because I was reading it at the same time. It is similar in the way that there has been some world ending event. The main character of that book is much more competent and his inner thoughts are not mindless and if they are about an old girlfriend that doesn't change the story in the slightest it goes by fast.
I didn't like the "acting" in this book. I felt it was over done and every time Emily speaks out loud I cringe and picture how I would say it. Her voice is shrill and hysterical every time she raises her voice and it sounds like nails on a chalk board. and her voice is fake when she is talking to other characters. Like how someone would sound on an off brand medication commercial or even an off brand infomercial. "Can the Weston 5000 REALY cook eggs in THREE minutes FLAT?!" Not normal conversational tones.
I must say I was disappointed! This book could have been so much more! The story was good. But the main character is a bit of a mess. And uses her "reporter curiosity as an excuse to just stand and watch whatever is happening instead of doing whatever goal is to be done, drawing out the scene another 10 or so minutes. It left me saying just go! I don't care instead of wanting to know more about what was going on.
This book would be a great movie. Without Emily's incessant and meaningless inner monologue and the narrators horrible acting I think the character's downfalls would be more tolerable. The only reason I finished this book is because it was an audio book. I'm glad I listened to it before Christmas b/c I would have shelved it in no time.
- Michele James