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The Waiting Sky Hardcover – August 2, 2012
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The story is beautifully written. I don't normally like flashbacks, but they fit into the flow of this book perfectly. Everything from setting and circumstance to the characters themselves is brought to vivid life seemingly effortlessly. I couldn't put this book down.
The Waiting Sky is a story of recovery and family with just a smidgeon of romance tossed in. Lara Zielin delivers a superb read!
This is a fantastic book that puts the reader into the adventurous world of storm chasing. Jane's life is tough and her denial over her mother's ability to remain sober feels real and the relationship between Jane and her brother and the sweet romance is interesting to read. I enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down.
Appropriateness: Jane comes from an alcoholic home and it's tough to read about. There's a bit of a romance but it's not the focus of the story. I recommend this book to readers 13+
Of course, when I popped open the book for the first time, I couldn't help but have flashbacks to a number of years back and the first time I saw the movie, Twister. Two storm chasers are out on the road with their team. (You know chasing deadly tornadoes, just another day in the neighborhood, right?) All the while they are dealing with personal issues as they chase... sometimes simultaneously. In a similar fashion, THE WAITING SKY centers around the storm chasing antics as well as the personal issues of two siblings, Jane and Ethan. Ethan is the storm chaser, Jane is joining him in order to get away from her alcoholic mother and to gather her thoughts about her own future. I could use metaphors here about how the intensity of the chase and their adventures parallels the conflict between Jane and her mother (whom she feels personally and intensely responsible for) but I will spare you. I will say this though: The matters at hand between Jane and her mother are perhaps more destructive than any ol' EF-3 (or greater) that the team might encounter on their travels.
While I understood Jane's situation and loved her as a character, I also found myself annoyed at the blinders she was wearing when it came to the truth about her mother's addiction. She was so obtuse it was mind-boggling! But then again, that's the whole point of the story.Read more ›
And The Waiting Sky did not let me down - I loved everything about it. Lara Zielin combines storm chasing with real issues like alcoholic mothers and everything is a metaphor for the other and I just loved the way she tied everything together so beautifully.
The Waiting Sky's storytelling absolutely masterful in the way that Lara Zielin was able to tie it all together so when you were reading on event, you could easily see it back to something to do with Jane's mother. Every thread of the story connected to another and it flowed so beautifully.
And the storm chasing itself was awesome! I loved the rivalry and the betting and all the characters on the Tornado Brothers team. I loved the idea of a group of college and PhD students going around chasing storms in the summertime to test their inventions and...the whole concept of The Waiting Sky was awesome.
Plus, you know, the romance. It was just a sweet side story between Jane and Max that I really liked.
The whole issue with Jane's mother in The Waiting Sky was heartbreaking and realistic. It was so evident how much Jane was struggling with it all and everyone kept trying to help her and it just broke my heart.
I loved the ending of The Waiting Sky. It was exactly what I was hoping for - and I'm not going to lie, I would totally read a sequel to The Waiting Sky.
Essentially, if you're a fan of contemps with masterful storytelling, not to mention lots of awesome and a heavy dose of realistic situations, do not miss The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’ve had it on my list to read for awhile now and I’m not even sure what initially drew it to my attention. The promise of awesome storms? Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Tonyalee
If I had to describe this book in one word it would be powerful. Zielin's writing left me breathless as I experienced the chaos of living with an alcoholic through Jane and the... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Lili's Reflections
People who chase storms have always managed to intrigue me. I'm in awe of their bravery in the face of this crazy chaos that Mother Nature can cook up, but I'm also thinking that... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
I've been in a huge reading slump lately. Ever since starting college, I just haven't felt like reading - it's been hard to force myself to be anti-social and just read when my... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
The Waiting Sky is one of those books that you grab just for the gorgeous cover, and then you are pleasantly surprised when the content is just as amazing as the cover art. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Jac
My Thoughts: I really loved this one! The part about tornadoes grabbed my attention right away!
We are introduced to Jane who lives with her mother. Read more
I was pretty excited about this book, because it was another one with a title that just stuck in my head. Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by nataliewwrites
Going into The Waiting Sky, I had no expectations. It was my first book by Lara Zielin and I had heard pretty much nothing about it. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Holy wow. THE WAITING SKY is incredibly absorbing. Lara Zielin's writing voice is so engaging. It was definitely a stayed up too late reading because I didn't want to stop and woke... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Mrs. Heise