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Storm Thief
Storm Thief
Author: Chris Wooding
ISBN-13: 9780439896764
ISBN-10: 0439896762
Publication Date: 9/2006
Pages: 310
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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ophelia99 avatar reviewed Storm Thief on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the second book by Chris Wooding that I have had the pleasure to read; the first was Poison. I liked Poison a lot more than this book; but, like Poison, what really stand out in Storm Thief is the ending. This book could best be described as a kind of gothic Sci-Fi young adult novel.

In this book we spend most of our time with Rail and Moa who eke out a living serving as thieves in a ghetto in the city of Orokos. During one of their thieving raids they stumble along a mysterious artifact of enormous value. They decided to take it and run with it; hoping to make their fortune off of the proceedings. Beside this story is the parallel story of Vago; a golem made of muscle and metal whose path intertwines with that of Rail and Moa. Vago is a golem who doesn't know his purpose or maker; yet he finds he is extremely adept as fending off the Revenants in the city of Orokos. Orokos itself is the most interesting part of the book. Orokos is a city plaugued by probability storms that can change reality at the drop of a hat; it is also plagued by Revenants, beings made of energy who are deadly to the human habitants of Orokos. The citizens of Orokos believe that it is the only place in the entire world, but Moa dreams that there must be some place else.

I did not like the characters or the storyline of this book as much as I liked Poison. The story itself is pretty dry, devoid of humor, and I thought the characters were bland and in general not all that likable. The plot of the book itself was also fairly typical; it was very much one of those humans trying to escape from isolation types of stories. Think City of Ember. The thing that really made this book interesting was the setting. Orokos is an interesting setting, the Revenants are an interesting enemy, and the probability storms are an amazing idea.

The book didn't go above an okay (3 star) rating for me until the end. Towards the end (when you find out the story behind Orokos) is when the story really starts to make you think; what happens to a society that has too much order versus one that is steeped in chaos? The ideas presented in the end of the book made this book an above average read for me. I really wish that the characters and plot had been as engaging as they were in Poison. I still have the Haunting of Alaizabel Cray to read; and I have heard that this is an excellent book.

Although I didn't think this book was wonderful, it didn't diminish Chris Wooding as a creative author in my eyes.
lrodddock08 avatar reviewed Storm Thief on
Very good quick read. If you liked Farenheit 451, you might like this book.
LimeBlack avatar reviewed Storm Thief on + 9 more book reviews
Absolutely brilliant. I couldn't set it down, I was enthralled the whole time. It's a combo of Lois Lowry, Fahrenheit 451, and City of Ember but at the same time very unique. It's in a setting so far in the future that it's beginning to ruin, which is similar to Gathering Blue. There is still a lot of the technology, though, and in that way it's like City of Ember. I absolutely recommend it and love it. I just can't part with my copy! :)
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Assuming that you've ever read the newspaper, watched the news on TV, or stepped at least five feet outside your front door, you probably know that a lot of bad stuff happens in our world. Children become bone-thin from lack of food, soldiers constantly blow each other up, people lay sick dying from all kinds of diseases, families live in filth and rags on the streets. Now, if you think that's bad, imagine those issues times ten. Imagine people so undernourished that they are reduced to eating "nutrient gruel", a substance with appallingly gruesome components. Imagine soldiers not only killing their enemies, but their own countrymen - ordinary citizens - as well. Imagine hundreds of poor, sick, and homeless people confined to ghettos, forced to live off of whatever they can any means necessary. There are no relief organizations, little to no government, and very few people with anyone in mind but themselves. There is just constant suffering and unfairness. The only renewable resource is fear.

This is the world of the people of Orokos.

Chris Wooding weaves an intricate web of adventure, deceit, mystery, hate, and yet above all, hope, in his 2006 novel Storm Thief. This book focuses on two children, or should I say, "adolescents", Rail and Moa, who brave the perils of the remote island city of Orokos every day of their lives, from dealing with the Protectorate, the people who are the supposed "protectors" of the citizens of Orokos, to avoiding Revenants, the sworn enemy of the Protectorate. One touch from a Revenant and you're good as dead. Rail and Moa are at the lowest level in Orokos' society - ghetto folk. The poor people. While the people in ghettoes live in squalor, those in other parts of the city live richly and comfortably, thinking of the poorer citizens as a particularly nasty kind of insect - more annoying than anything else, but still fun to fry under a magnifying glass. " 'Northwest 43 is a ghetto district. Who cares what the stupid ghetto-folk say? ' " (pg. 30) In one aspect of life on Orokos, however, social class doesn't matter - because the rich and the poor are all the same when it comes to probability storms. Probability storms (which aren't at all like the thunder-and-lightning-type storms that we're used to) can occur at any time, and affect anything and anyone. Entire buildings might disappear in a second, or just change color. Someone might wake up and find themselves grossly deformed, or simply change from being right-handed to left-handed. No one, not even the all-powerful (and slightly creepy) Patrician who rules the city, knows what will be affected by the storms next. The same apprehension, the same fear of the future that the people of Orokos felt was what kept me going as I read this book. I needed to know what was going to happen; I needed to quench my thirst for knowledge. How Wooding gave all of the characters their own distinct personalities and was able to tell the stories of about five people at once and still keep the story line intact was what made Storm Thief a great read.

In the beginning, we are introduced to the main characters, Rail and Moa. They each have their own unfortunate past - Rail, having been struck by a probability storm that caused him to loose the ability to breathe on his own, wears a respirator that covers the bottom half of his face. Moa, who lost both of her parents, was taken in by Rail on her first day in the ghetto. They make their living by being...