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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
When Rain Rises (The Vivian Series Book 1) by Sirius Hunt is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where eighteen-year-old Rain Vivian lives in a tiny, rundown house with his great-aunt Leith and little sister Cloud in the Darrah district inside the city-state of Apollo. They moved in six years ago, after Rain’s parents died and he lost his memory. The Darrah district is the wealthiest of the three districts, due to the fact that the merchant faction has their compound there.
Rain dreads the conscription. Joining a merchant faction would waive a teenager’s obligation to serve in conscription. Readers would not find Rain easily likable. His cockiness and false bravado sometimes dangerously infuriate people around him. On the other hand, these traits allow him to charm people too. His interview with Mr. Cole, the recruiter for merchants, is witty and enjoyable to read. And for all his wry humor, Rain saves his friend Peter from being a conscript and sacrifices his own merchant admission ticket. I find his generosity admirable.
When Rain runs into some trouble, two Vincent agents, Davis and his mentor Aiden, save him. The Vincent is trained to be proficient in martial arts and high-tech equipment. While the group started off as a secret society, they decide to work with the government, but still maintain secrecy and their independence. The encounter gives Rain an opportunity to train and become an agent himself, but his life becomes more dangerous.
Based on premise alone, When Rain Rises doesn’t stand out as particularly unfamiliar. However, it has an engaging plot and the ending is enough to make its targeted readers look forward to its sequel. Overall, an entertaining read.