The Storm is the sequel to H2O (titled The Rain in the UK where Virginia Bergin lives) and takes place about three months after Ruby Morris tried to reach her father, and got dumped by the army who's trying to handle the last of the population, now that the rain is infected and one drop will kill you. And what is Ruby to do? Eventually she'll run out of water, proper food, and flat-out hope. She's dead, she just doesn't know it yet. Or maybe she does. These three months have been disastrous on her. She now has black eyes after crashing a car like a panda. There's no electricity, books from the library can offer only so much, the skeletons of her deceased family are still lying around, and she's stinking. So when an old friend of hers comes to her house from the army saying she saw something terrifying, Ruby has to investigate.
If you didn't get it from my synopsis of the first part of this book, you know I think this book depicts the slow process of death and decay in a metaphorical story arc flawlessly. You really feel like Ruby is doomed, and if she keeps this up, one of these days she'll either take a glug of contaminated water or go to sleep and never arise, and not many books bother to describe that feeling when hope gets very lost. The rain, and the book's twisted sense of humour with Ruby as the narrator are the best parts of the book. The side characters and parts of the story? Could've been better.
This is basically a survival adventure book with Ruby at the helm, and Virginia Bergin's story is where no character might not die. We learned that when Ruby's first brother brat-beloved perished. That's fine, but sometimes I felt these characters just had a few chapters and then they were off doing something else I was a little curious about. Ruby's guilty-crush, Darius Spratt and the silent Princess are the only ones with lots of time to talk. As for how things progress, this book has a lot more happening in it than H2O, and situations get a lot more fast, and, well, the fact that I really enjoyed myself reading these books makes it hard to hate on them despite forgetting all about this sinister elder that kind of screamed that he was going to be in the next book. There's also a major breakthrough in this book that is a little contradictory. According to what I read (go to the next paragraph to avoid spoilers), Ruby ate this weird ***** when she was little, and yet in the first book, after simply kissing her boyfriend years later she still got her head swollen up because her lips touched the infected water.
Something the book does perfectly is a moment where Ruby is actually allowed to have a shower. After Ruby not being able to shower for I'd say five months, Bergin needed a perfect description of the sensation and it was spot-on. But that doesn't really pause from simply an apocalypse story that unlike The 5th Wave, knows what it's doing, is funny, and isn't too show-offy.
This conclusion to the duology has a noticeably flawed resolution, but Bergin makes up for it with her great descriptions of hopelessness and nastiness when you have almost no access to safe water. Zeus from Michael Vey would love this book.