The Storm by Virginia Bergin

The Storm

Written by Virginia Bergin

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Virgina Bergin’s debut The Rain has already won her a large following among fans of YA. It’s the story of dippy Ruby, who manages, almost in spite of herself, to survive a devastating apocalypse brought about by a killer contagion in the rain. What a terrifying prospect that is to all of us living in the UK. The Storm takes up the action three months on. Ruby is still getting by, though the resolute cheer that’s kept her going so far is cracking. When by chance she ends up in the army camp that she had to flee in book one, she learns some disturbing truths about her fellow survivors. It’s compelling reading, and Ruby is a really appealing character, her sense of humour a constant counterpoint to the horror of the situation; basically, as she’d say, you really root for her to save the world. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first book in this series, The Rain..

  • Alice Horncastle, age 14 - 'The Rain left me speechless! It is such a unique thriller that was very fast paced - I would recommend this book to all teens as it is quite something out of the ordinary!' Read full review >
  • Lola Bridgeman, age 16 - 'Bound to be the Y.A book of the summer, this is superb! Not for the faint hearted, for older teens due to subject matter I'd suggest.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Murray, age 16 - 'I do not think I will forget this book anytime soon because it was so original and thought provoking...This is a must read book.' Read full review >
  • Verity Wild, age 12 - 'The Rain is an amazing book. It is very creative and exciting. I would highly recommend this book to any teenagers who like wonderful fiction books. I would give it five stars.' Read full review >
  • Katie Adeniji, age 13 - 'This book is one of the most moving and funniest books I have ever read. It has been beautifully crafted to give a funnily humorous twist on an end-of-the-world-type situation.' Read full review >
  • Rosa Boran, age 14 - 'I loved this book. Although it did freak me out as it was raining when I read it and also the main character Ruby did annoy me. Nevertheless it was good.' Read full review >
  • Delilah Acworth, age 15 - 'I had a golf ball sized lump in my throat from the moment the rain began to fall but I could not tear my eyes from the page.' Read full review >
  • Rose Heathcote, age 15 - 'This book is a great read which I would definitely recommend.  It is a typical girly read until the author splashes the story with gore.  It was great to be able to read such an original story line.' Read full review >
  • Helen Marshall - 'It’s a book which builds a picture in your head that stays with you – and made me nervous when I accidently got dripped on!' Read full review >
  • Izzy read, age 13 - 'All in all, this was an incredible novel that was different to anything I’ve ever read.'  Read full review >
  • Lauren Coffman, age 14 - 'This was a good book that had some exciting bits and a great plot but slightly boring in places. Overall though a fun & different book.' Read full review >
  • Imogen Breaks, age 11 - 'Every drip of rain infects your blood and eats you from the inside out which 16 year old Ruby Morris does NOT want to happen...I loved every part of this book it was amazing!!!!!' Read full review >


The Storm by Virginia Bergin

I'll tell you a weird thing about apocalypses - a thing I didn't even know until I was in one: they seem pretty bad, don't they? Well, take it from me: they can always get worse.

In this sequel to The Rain Ruby's fight for survival continues in a world where the rain is deadly. Ruby is starting to realise that the devastating effect this killer rain is having on her hair might just be the least of her worries. As if it wasn’t bad enough that the sky was raining death, Ruby is beginning to think that her father might not be coming back for her. Which means she is all alone on Planet Ruby, which is quite frankly, a terrifying place to be.
A chance encounter lands Ruby back in the army camp, the same one that branded her useless and abandoned her at a desperate time of need. Now Ruby can add living in close quarters with Darius Spratt to her list of woes (or should that be woos?!), but at least she’s safe. Just as long as she keeps her eyes, and her mouth, shut, about the terrifying secrets the camp is hiding. Yeah right! It’s not going to happen! When Ruby realizes exactly what is going on she flips out, and makes an even more shocking discovery… suddenly little ol’ Ruby Morris isn’t quite so useless after all.


Praise for The Rain

‘At last! A funny, quirky, very British take on the apocalypse . . . whatever you do, don’t forget your umbrella’ Sarra Manning

‘Great page-turner’ Bookseller

‘The Rain will have you on the edge of your seat and afraid to step outside’ Dark-Readers

‘I can’t stop thinking about this book’ Ashleighonline

‘Utterly brilliant . . . loved with a passion’ Lizlovesbooks

‘Every single kind of awesome . . . I would give it 8 out of 5 if I could’ LucyTheReader

About the Author

Virginia Bergin

Virginia Bergin grew up in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and went on to study psychology, but ruined her own career when, while dabbling in fine art at Central Saint Martins, she rediscovered creative writing. Since then she has written poetry, short stories, film and TV scripts, and a play that almost got produced - but didn't. In between and alongside more jobs than you've had hot dinners, she has worked as a writer on TV, eLearning and corporate projects and has twenty-two broadcast and non-broadcast TV credits. Most recently, she has been working in online education, creating interactive courses for The Open University.

Virginia lives in Bristol.

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384 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

26th February 2015




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