The Rain brothers fight for the survival of humanity in Last Chance, the thrilling sequel to New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz’s YA debut, The Rains.
The New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz, returns to Creek’s Cause to follow the Rains brothers as they fight an alien threat that has transformed everyone over the age of 18 into ferocious, zombie-like beings, in this thrilling sequel to The Rains.
Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.
Praise for RAINS
“The Rains is one of those all-too-creepy-and-believable stories that leaves you looking in your backyard for the next strange weed to poke through the ground. Chilling!”—Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author
I received an ARC from Tor Teen via Jean Book Nerd Blog Tours for an honest review. What follows is my opinion. I wasn’t compensated at all.
Talk about an edge of your seat action packed read. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Hurwitz before this one, but now I think I’ll be looking into more.
Even though this is a second book (the first of which I hadn’t read), I wasn’t pulled away from the story and I wasn’t pulled away from the characters. The book instantly begins at a high emotional and action scene. We are being dragged with Chance towards the current Drone base of operations.
Right off the bat, you see what exactly was at stake and throughout the book, we learn what could possibly save the world from total destruction.
A science fiction/horror, this book doesn’t hide away from gore. If anything, it is gore galore. All within reason, mind you.
I was at the edge of my seat reading, reading during meals, and even reading past my usual bedtime. All because I wanted to see what was going to happen with Chance, Patrick, and Alex. Even right now, the book is fresh on my mind, pushing back anything else but to write this review. I’m not even sure if I finished processing what I’ve read to make a good opinion, but this book really grabbed me and took me on a wild ride.
I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, but apparently I love the post apocalyptic reads with aliens taking over. This book does remind me of another author I’ve read, but the stories aren’t too similar. It’s just the emotions from that author (N.W. Harris) and Gregg Hurwitz’s book are very similar. If you love one, you’ll love the other, that’s all I meant.
That said… holy cow. This is definitely a great ending to a story and an ending that you don’t necessarily need the beginning of to feel and witness all that happens. A definite read for new and old readers of Gregg Hurwitz. I’m going to have to read something fairly light now.
EXCERPT from LAST CHANCE by Gregg Hurwitz
Tor Teen, 2017
I barely had time to pull my gaze north when a meteor streaked down and embedded itself in the parking lot across from the other one. The earth shook. The few remaining cars were knocked onto their sides. The meteor plowed up a wake of asphalt.
It rested there, smoldering, the air around it gone wavy with heat.
Then it cracked open with a popping noise.
The jagged exterior hid the smooth orb of a cockpit inside. As the meteor hinged wide, I saw her inside, a sleek black form, slender legs drawn up to her chest.
The Queen uncoiled from the cockpit.
My guts turned to ice.
We’d risked everything to kill the last Queen, and here was another one, plopped down from the heavens to take her place. How many more were there? What had we even been thinking? The fight suddenly felt pointless. Not that I’d be around much longer to worry about it.
The Queen’s lustrous black suit held a vaguely feminine shape. She walked so gracefully that she practically glided across the ground. The closer she got, the taller she seemed.
At last she loomed over me.
“You are Chance Rain.” Her voice was digitized, feminine and yet seemingly without life. Amplitude bars flickered across her tinted face mask with each syllable. The helmet itself seemed to be translating. “You are one of the two.” She wasn’t asking; she was telling me.
I swallowed hard, managed to move my head up and down.
“Where is Patrick Rain?”
I felt my mouth start to wobble, so I bit down on my cheek. Warmth spilled through my mouth. “He’s dead.”
Copyright 2017 by Gregg Hurwitz
Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of 18 novels, including HELLBENT (2018). His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.
He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including the upcoming THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.
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