“Count the Rain” by Kathryn Lee Martin

Despite the flaws in this book, I enjoyed it, mainly because it has a good “feel” to it. The characters and the physical and social setting blend together to give a realistic gestalt that pulls you into the story.

Which is a good thing, because this author is in need of all sorts of editing.

For example, editors often comment that a book “starts too early.” In this case, the book starts, and we get a third of the way through before the story starts. There is too much talking in the opening chapters. The same thing said several times, usually rehashing things that happened in the opening book of the series.

Also, the rough writing style is in need of a good polish. Sentence structure is sometimes too complicated. “Alright” is acceptable to many people instead of “all right,” but every author should learn the difference between “laid” and “lay,” especially when writing in the present tense.

Oh, yeah, and there’s too much rain. Yes, I know it’s in the title, but there’s a limit to how much of any setting element we want to be inundated with.  

Other than that, this novel has great world-building, sympathetic and interesting characters and plenty of action.

Recommended for fans of post-apocalyptic, semi-steampunk writing.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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