Kindly note: A complementary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
In a post-apocalyptic Australian outback where rain is a distant memory, a few hardy — or fool-hardy — souls have resisted forced evacuation and try to eke out a life from the parched earth. Bill and Tobe are two of the denizens of a small town that's barely hanging on. The two men are as close as brothers, true “mates” in the Australian sense of the word, but their pasts cast a long shadow over their relationship.
In broad strokes, you would be forgiven for thinking this book might be some form of “Mad Max” fan fiction, but the similarities are only on the surface. This has little in common with the movies, other than an arid climate and a civilization in decline. The mood here is one more of quiet desperation rather than a frenetic race for survival.
The familiar themes make it easy to picture the people and places of the story, but this is definitely a book that stands on its own. The characters are believable, compelling and may even surprise you at the end. While I could see some of the revelations made toward the conclusion coming, the fallout from them was not always what I was expecting.
“The Rain Never Came” is not a book I would have picked out to read and review on my own, but it is a solid and well crafted story with fresh ideas. If you're in the mood for something different, this is definitely one to consider.
“The Rain Never Came” is available from Amazon.