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Great to see science used in a fiction adventure-Our students love this book!
on March 20, 2014
Kate Messner's novel is set in a scary future where the world holds huge thunderstorms and tornadoes. These storms have forced most to move into safe areas with managed weather, but a few rebels hold out, trying desperately to keep their land. I love that there is a female protagonist, Jaden. She is the daughter of a scientist who runs this laboratory and who manages the storms using satellite power.
Jaden, on this her first visit with her father for a long time, manages to interrupt his work and to find his big secret operation is not so nice as she had thought. Action builds time after time as Jaden tried to repair what her father has already started. There are surprises in the book which satisfy and the sidekicks of Jaden who try to warn her that something is not right. There are some scary moments. I suspect if she had been any older, she would have been in even more hot water. It's an interesting idea to use huge storms as one of the ingredients of dystopian survival, to the point that many build 'safe' rooms, something like the old 'root cellars'.
It's a book worth reading, especially for the good science; maybe there is a giant tornado, or three, in our futures.