The Compulsive Reader: The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy

Rain White will do whatever it takes to jump planet and get her brother the medical technology he needs before the authorities catch up to them, and she meets Johnny, captain of a starship, at just the right time. Unfortunately for Rain, she doesn’t quite realize the full meaning of “whatever it takes.” On Johnny’s ship, girls are nothing more than a commodity to be bought and sold, and Rain walks right into his trap. Now stuck in the Void, Rain and her resourcefulness will be tested to the limit, not only to survive, but to work with Ben, another outsider on the ship, to uncover the darker dealings on Johnny’s ship.

Riveting, dark, heartbreaking, challenging, and romantic are only a few of the many words that could attempt to describe Cori McCarthy’s wonderful debut. Rain is an admirably tough character. She’s daring and determined, and reading about her fall into Johnny’s trap is difficult. He is a truly despicable character; slick and manipulative for his own entertainment, and yet at times he almost elicits sympathy, from both the read and Rain. Rain’s interactions with Ben, although tense and distrustful at first, soon morph from a tentative alliance to something more than friendship as the two characters work to do what’s right and free themselves from the emotional and physical constraints they’ve been trapped in. At its heart, this novel is a love story, as full of possibility as it is of darkness.

Reading The Color of Rain feels a lot like hurtling through the darkness of the Void; Rain’s story is breathtaking in its brutality and moments of tenderness, yet exhilarating in its moments of triumph and unexpected bursts of compassion that bring color and light to Rain’s world. And with surprising twists, candid romance, and beautiful language, McCarthy will catch readers before they fall.

Cover Comments: I really love that this cover has a model with such beautiful and vibrant red hair, as Rain's hair color is pretty important to the story. I love that the background is very futuristic and starry, and the title font is sort of edgy. Very beautiful!

ARC provided by the author.

The Color of Rain will be out on May 14th, 2013!


Cecelia said...

I can't wait to read this one - I know it has that potential for darkness, but the sci-fi setting and potential for redemption promise a really good story. Plus, that cover art is fantastic. So glad you liked it!

LinWash said...

Wooo hoo!!! Like Cecelia, I can't wait for this. Thanks for your review.

The Compulsive Reader said...

You ladies are going to love it! And if your pre order online, it's 45% off (regular price is $9.95)!

Meg Wiviott said...

Mine's already ordered! Can't wait for May.

ABWestrick said...

I am sooooo looking forward to reading this!