"Playing in the Rain" by Sandra J. Jackson
Sandra J. Jackson writes this post-apocalyptic escape thriller that keeps the reader fully engaged. The story follows April and her sister as the wake up from a drug-induced state to realize they are stuck in some scientific facility. The girls must choose to stay where they are, or risk going out into the world they know nothing about.
Usually, in a post-apocalyptic series, the first book is all world-building. This was not the case for Playing in the Rain. The first installment did a great job of describing the environment that the main characters were in, but the overall world is still a mystery. Normally, I would say that this is lazy writing not to give a broad picture of what the world is. But I thought the author did a great job of teasing the reader for the chaos that awaits them outside their room.
Jackson's writing was straightforward, descriptive, and easy to understand. I was never confused while reading, and I could picture every scene clearing in my head.
I loved reading about the two main characters. I found myself rooting for the girls to escape the whole time. I only had one problem with the characters. I found their immaturity to be annoying.
My favorite part of the novel was the ending. I was delighted with the girl's situation at the end of the story, and I can't wait for the next book.
My least favorite part was the girl's immaturity. I understand why they were acting like children because they didn't have their memories, but I still found myself rolling my eyes at some of the things they did or said.
I give Playing in the Rain 4.5 out of 5 stars. I took away half a star because of the behavior and language of the girls. There was nothing wrong with it from a literary point of view, but it was something personal that I couldn't get over. Overall, I thought the story was original and clever. I enjoyed discovering the world as the girls did. It kept me engaged to compare my reactions to the girls as they slowly pieced together their world.
If you like Room, The Hunger Games, The Darkest Minds, or other escape thrillers/ post-apocalyptic YA books, then this is for you.