Review: Eye of the Storm

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Oh man, have I got a good one for you guys today. I hardly know where to start.

Imagine it is the year 2050. Many of the things scientists are warning us about today have come terrifyingly true. Polar bears are extinct. Huge, killer storms are an everyday occurrence. In fact, the tornados and hurricanes have gotten so crazy, sudden, and dangerous that no one ventures outside for long. No hikes. No bike riding. Cities have closed museums and packed up the artifacts to protect them.

How would you survive in a world like this? In Kate Messner‘s new book Eye of the Storm, special safe-houses and buildings are popping up all over. There’s even a brand-new community that is supposed to be completely storm safe–tornadoes won’t ever threaten it.

This new community is the work of StormSafe, a sort of supercompany. They build houses. They grow special food (“DNA-ture: Vegetables Even Kids Will Love. Our foods have the undesirable qualities bioengineered right out of them.”). They are at the forefront of scientific research. The town has food delivered and an entertainment dome complete with movies, sporting events, exhibits, and more. Everything you need, right at your fingertips.

Sound like a pretty great place to live? It seems so to Jaden, at least. How did she get so lucky, to get to stay there all summer? Her dad is the boss of StormSafe.

Jaden gets to stay in idyllic Placid Meadows. She can ride her bike around. She gets to see her dad. And she gets to attend a prestigious summer camp, Eye On Tomorrow, where smart kids get to do real scientific research into food, climate, and medicine solutions that could change life on earth.

But everything is not as it seems.

Eye of the Storm is an exciting thriller, complete with danger, a mad scientist, and some really great sneaking around. You guys will love it. Kate Messner does a great job describing a futuristic world that is pretty much the same as 2012, but a little off. She gives hints instead of just telling us. All the clues add up to paint a pretty good picture of life in 2050.

Here’s one of my favorites:

It’s a book. The hardcover kind with pages you turn by catching the corner with your fingertip. We have this one at home, but I didn’t bring any paper books; Dad says reading paper books is like driving on square, stone wheels. He’s been reading exclusively on his DataSlate since before I was born.

There are more, from fingerprint “keys” (for car and home!) to smart refridgerators, hydrogen-powered vehicles (gasoline is outlawed) to the ever-present DataSlate (an all-in-one handheld data and media center).

What do you think life will be like in 2050? Will we have solved the problems of today, or will they be even bigger than we imagined?

Keep reading!

Eye of the Storm

By Kate Messner

304 pages

Genre: Science fiction, adventure, thriller

Source: NetGalley

On shelves February 28, 2012.

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2 Responses

  1. Oooh. So jealous. This it tops on my list of books I would like to read.

  2. It’s a fun one. Middle school students will love it, too.

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