The Color of Rain

The Color of Rain

by Cori McCarthy


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762448210
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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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The Color of Rain 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
Teenager Rain lives in a dark world where many of the people catch an illness that robs them of their memory not unlike alzheimer's. She has already lost both parents and a brother and she is now about to lose her younger brother, the only family she has left. She does what she has to find a cure and save him even if that means she has to sell herself to do it. I had never really read a story like this. I usually stay away from sci-fi but I was pleasantly surprised with The Color Of Rain. The fact that Rain goes to any extreme to save her brother, her friend and sometimes herself was a little shocking to me. The story had a darkness to it. Just when you thought things might get better it got a little worse. The Color Of Rain is another ones of those stories that falls in the category wanting more after finished. I wanted a sequel. It ends well enough but I just wanted to know what else happened. I am also a little surprised it is considered a young adult book. It does have some heavy adult themes. I finished the book a few months ago and the story still sticks with me. Which to me means it was a good read. My mind still wanders to the characters wondering what they are doing. Or if I would sacrifice myself for my family the way Rain did. The story cuts deep and shocks your core a little but worth a read.
Mrsjonsey More than 1 year ago
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.
cheese12412 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.