3.8.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga

book blurb breakdown


Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  

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today's blurb




Status:  Read


the blurb: as is 

from Goodreads



A postapocalyptic novel with a cinematic twist from New York Times bestseller Barry Lyga, actor Peter Facinelli, and producer Robert DeFranco.

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.


the blurb:  shredded 



A postapocalyptic novel with a cinematic twist (Not really sure what this is referring to...) from New York Times bestseller Barry Lyga, actor Peter Facinelli, and producer Robert DeFranco.

On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, (That's pretty cool.  It does a good job of describing  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. (This is a fairly good representation of what happens, and it intrigued me at the outset.  Odd to have a boy named "Rose"--what's with YA and crazy names?--but I'm curious about his abilities and secrets.) 

But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after (when) the Magistrate's son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect.  (Hm, interesting.  I wish I knew a little more about how powerful this Magistrate is, why this is so important.) Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.  (This sentence sounds great, right?!  Except it has about ZERO bearing on what actually freaking happens!)   



the verdict 

3/5 stars
would i read it?:  yes 


The blurb is pretty solid.  You're promised some cinematic adventure, a ill-fated love story, and a dystopian thriller.  There are a couple of issues, however.  First, the Red Rain is never mentioned once.  Kind of weird, given that it's the freaking title.  Second, I chose this blurb because I wanted to highlight a blurb that promises something completely different from what's delivered.  You'll get more ranting when I write my review, but for now I'll say:  there are big parts of the blurb that just don't come out in the book.  The relationship between Rose and Deedra is huge, but (1) the Red Rain has about 4 pages of screen time and (2) there's really no indication of their relationship changing the world.  The rest of the world, the dystopian thing, is sort of window dressing.  The cinematic adventure promised is really more of a weirdo love story.  So it's a blurb that grabbed me, but I feel a little lied to.  


your thoughts


Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Have you read it?  Does the blurb match the pages? 
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  




10 comments:

  1. So I've been struggling with dystopian lately which has me really hesitant to read this book even though I LOVED Barry Lyga's Jasper Dent trilogy. When I first read the synopsis it didn't really sound like anything new to me and now that I know it's misleading, i'm even more weary. I'll keep an eye out for your review because it sounds like I might be better off avoiding this one...

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

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    1. I like dystopia usually, but I'd caution against this one. If you like Lyga, it may be fine, but I actually had a rough time even finishing this. My review will be up this week, so I guess you can see if the stuff that drove me nuts would bother you. ...but it's the first 1 star I've given in a long time.

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  2. C.J. I LOVE This feature! I wanted to comment more but I just realized you have a section "My writing"!!!!! :) Dark Moon??? :):):) sounds so interesting! so, off to read whatever is in there! Sorry if I don't come back soon to this post :)

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    1. THANK YOU! It's one of my absolute favorites because I get to be snarky AND grammarly. Tehe, I do indeed have a novel (or six) in the works. Although not sure when I last updated it, but I'd be happy to tell you more if you're curious. xD

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    2. so, we had a HUGE storm, no power for the last two days!!! Power is back so I'm back at reading the Dark Moon series :) and Yes! I'm sure I'll want to know more :) I'll be bugging u :)

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    3. Oh noooo! Haha, bug away. ;)

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    4. I'm featuring this post on my Sunday wrap up :)

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    5. and the Dark Moon series too!

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  3. The blurb didn't grab me. And the cinematic twist is probably that Facinelli and DeFranco were involved in creating the book with thoughts of getting a screenplay out of it.

    Cute feature!

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    1. Yeah, I have a feeling that this one isn't going to be optioned...

      Thanks!

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