The Color of Rainby Cori McCarthy
If there is one thing that seventeen-year-old Rain knows and knows well, it is survival. Caring for her little brother, Walker, who is "Touched," and losing the rest of her family to the same disease, Rain has long had to fend for herself on the bleak, dangerous streets of Earth City. When she looks to the stars, Rain sees escape and the only possible cure for… See more details below
If there is one thing that seventeen-year-old Rain knows and knows well, it is survival. Caring for her little brother, Walker, who is "Touched," and losing the rest of her family to the same disease, Rain has long had to fend for herself on the bleak, dangerous streets of Earth City. When she looks to the stars, Rain sees escape and the only possible cure for Walker. And when a darkly handsome and mysterious captain named Johnny offers her passage to the Edge, Rain immediately boards his spaceship. Her only price: her "willingness."
The Void cloaks many secrets, and Rain quickly discovers that Johnny's ship serves as host for an underground slave trade for the Touched . . . and a prostitution ring for Johnny's girls. With hair as red as the bracelet that indicates her status on the ship, the feeling of being a marked target is not helpful in Rain's quest to escape. Even worse, Rain is unsure if she will be able to pay the costs of love, family, hope, and self-preservation.
With intergalactic twists and turns, Cori McCarthy's debut space thriller exists in an orbit of its own.
"A space opera with a twist. . . . This combination of psychological thriller, adventure tale, and even some romance, is fast-paced and thought-provoking. McCarthy has made a bold decision, breaking from the norms of the usually sexually egalitarian realms of space fiction, and it works."
"[An] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner."
“McCarthy's poetic language glows throughout her descriptions of a desolate and melancholy universe."
"McCarthy pulls no punches, exploring some of the most problematic romance tropes in YA with an analytical eye and a keen sense of humanity."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“This well-written story is fast-paced, nerve-wracking, and disturbing all at the same time. Rain is a likeable character, and her plight so horrific that the reader is sure to root for her.”
"I think Cori McCarthy deserves some applause for handling this issue so delicately.
I'm not soon going too forget The Color of Rain and I think the best praise I can give it is calling it a 5 star book. It's a unique read that I'll probably have to read again to absorb. It makes me think and question and that is one of the best qualities a book can have. 5 hearts."
The Sirenic Codex blog
"McCarthy has written a non-stop, no-holds-barred action thriller."
Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution
"[With] surprising twists, candid romance, and beautiful language, McCarthy will catch readers before they fall."
The Compulsive Reader blog
- Running Press Book Publishers
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Cori M. McCarthy has a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, a graduate certificate in screenwriting from UCLA, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. Born in Guam, (a military kid), she has lived in Ireland and traveled widely around the world, but now lives in Michigan with her husband and baby son.
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This book takes us into the future and the story of Rain White. Rain will do anything to help her brother find a way to deal with his disease. Cori McCarthy takes us on the journey of Rain's life as she fights for her brother's survival. This novel was gritty and riveting, an emotional roller coaster. The descriptions and flow of the story line kept me going until the wee hours of the morning to finish this book. I would recommend this book, it is really good. I give 4 stars.
I only read the first few pages and was appalled by the content. Being a Young Adult and looking at this Young Adult Novel, I was surprised and angry that such a novel was put in this genre. I understand the importance of learning about prostitution, but I thought that there was too much detail in that part. There should be a warning somewhere on the cover about the content of the book. Oh wait, I forgot. No one cares what teenagers are reading and doing these days. The writing was flowing and lovely, but I recommend that the author put her skills to writing cleaner Young Adult Literature or writing Adult Literature.
THE COLOR OF RAIN is beautifully crafted, expertly paced, and one of the most emotionally compelling books I've read in years. Cori McCarthy is an authorial force to be reckoned with.
The writing is beautiful...but the main character didn't feel "real" to me. Sorry, but I don't buy a protagonist who's even remotely interested in a secondary love interest after being abused by a pimp (space or otherwise). Johnny also felt a bit too much like a cliched rake and Rain's encounters with him felt melodramatic. I half expected him to curl a mustache and tie Rain to whatever the space equivalent of railroad tracks are. Also, the younger brother didn't feel like anything more than a plot device - a convenient tool for getting Rain into space.Again, beautiful writing. A few truly poignant moments. Definitely a hard subject to tackle. The world is vivid and wonderfully described. But I don't like Rain enough to care about her...especially when her actions don't seem to match up with her character.