A Rose By Any Other Name Is Still Just As Lovable - After The Red Rain (Review)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

After The Red Rain by Barry Lyga

TITLE: After the Red Rain
AUTHOR: Barry Lyga
RELEASE DATE: August 4th 2015
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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“On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river--a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet.

But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate's son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.”

Okay, time for some complete and total honesty here folks...

...when I first saw this book, I thought it was unappealing. 

Why? I really have no clue. But I was giving a copy, so I was going to read it or else. 

As it turns out, initial impressions could be wrong, because I really liked this book.

Once upon a time in a postapocalypic world, the was a girl named Deedra.

Deedra was a pretty fascinating character. The world wasn't all that great for her, there was no real food, no real comforts, and she lived with the constant fear of those who held power. 

But she was adventurous and daring, her biggest goal in life was to make it to the top of a rundown bridge. She was smart and resourceful from the start so I had no difficulty imagining her later actions being anything but true to her character. 

And how can you fault a girl who saves a stranger?

I didn't know what to think of Rose when we first met him. He was perfect and his skin was flawless, and I wanted to groan. But he was a mystery I was going to crack. At times he was like a juvenile in an adult's body, and at others he was a wise old soul who saw more than everyone around him.

As we delved deeper into who he was, I really grew to love his character. Where he came from, and what his mission was, was just fascinating. The best part was that I wasn't expecting the story to move in that direction so it kept things very interesting. 

The romance in this story was a toss up.

There was a romantic moment early on that had a pretty big twist. I didn't expect it to take that direction, so I rather enjoyed that plot element and what it added to the story.

I liked that there wasn't an instalove in this book. Rather characters fell in love over the course of time and as they got to know each other.

But, there were moments in the last half of the book that were pretty intense. Not in a Romeo and Juliet sort of way, but in a "do I really believe you when you say you love him that much?" kind of way. 

So I ship them, but I also don't which makes it hard to settle how I feel about the duo.

The plots was entertaining.

What I liked most about this book was that I had no idea where we were going. I had no idea where we came from either. So it was interesting watching them scavenge and uncover things and try and decide what they were. Apparently DVDs were the mirrors of the past. 

There is a lot of talk about believing and knowing. Deedra doesn't want to pick which stories and rumors were true, she wants to know for sure. But everyone keeps telling her to pick and what you decide to believe is true enough. I really liked how this quest for the truth was woven in with all the rumors and speculation throughout the novel.

Rose really stole the novel. Everything he represented and shared with the reader was just entertaining. I really loved how he was this honest to goodness considerate gentlemen who wanted to save everyone. He was crucial to this story so at times I'd rather be following him than Deedra.

The writing was a bit hit and miss.

We started out experiencing the world of After The Red Rain in Deedra's head. There were a few italicized paragraphs in Rose's head thrown in every now and then to add another layer. 

Which was all fine and dandy, except then the pattern when bye-bye. 

We added a few more point of views to give the reader information that I think could have somehow been incorporated without add in some spontaneous povs. But the one that bothered me the most was after enough time to figure out that Rose's bits were italicized, the italics vanished on his paragraphs. My OCD had a hard time moving on from that.

"History is still up for debate. No one really knows for sure. Any of them could be true. You have to decide which one you believe."

"The world is very simple. People make it complicated because it's too difficult for them to live with simplicity."

"When you cannot imagine a better world, you cannot demand it. Or fight for it. So they drown you in half-truths and speculation and ignorance."


After The Red Rain started out as just another dystopian novel but it quickly proved itself to be different. Over the course of the book I was entertained, amused, and intrigued. While not it's focus, there definitely seems to be a romance element that is crucial to the later half of the story.

Though I don't know for sure there are going to be more, the story leaves us on a note where that is a strong possibility. I'm really curious as to what might possibly happen next. So if there are more books, I'd be interested enough to check them out.


  1. Great review! I think your review style is engaging and entertaining! I will be adding it to me TBR list on GR. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you. XD I hope you enjoy the book as well.

      Thank you for stopping by.


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