"Rain" by Christopher L.P.
When I first read the synopsis of Rain, I immediately got excited. It quickly reminded me of The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken, but fewer kids with superpowers.
Right from the start, Tyler's story is fast-paced and engaging. The fast pacing took over the majority of the book, leaving me little time to breathe before the characters got caught up in another action scene. I had a love/ hate relationship with the pacing because the action kept me glued to the page, but I would have loved to have more quiet and descriptive moments so I could live in the story a little bit longer.
The story takes off immediately and does a great job of explaining the background of Tyler's new power and why it is so important. I also like how his new power challenges his insecurities and the events in his backstory. I won't go into too much detail to avoid spoilers, but I think events in the plot heavily impacted his character development in a positive way.
I never had an issue with the sentence structure, and I was never confused while reading the story. Unfortunately, grammar errors litter almost every page. The most prominent issue is the incorrect use of commas within quotations and improper use of capital letters. Usually, I let one or two go, because even with Grammarly, I commit mistakes all the time. But with this one, there was a mistake on every other page.
Usually, I am very picky about my sci-fi books, but I loved this one. The story, characters, and science fiction elements really stood out to me, and I look forward to seeing what happens next in the series. If you enjoyed The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, I think you would enjoy this one too.
About the book:
"After losing almost everything he's ever cared about, sixteen year old, Tyler Grey inadvertently gains something that he never could have imagined before.
A MASSIVE amount of ancient power!
Forced into a war as old as the earth itself, he'll have to quickly adapt to his new abilities if he hopes to evade his deadly pursuers.
Not to mention, this is his freshman year in high-school." (Goodreads)
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