The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding is about Orokos, a city of complete chaos. Probability storms strike everything in their path. They can pass through rock, metal, and any other substance as if it was nothing. These storms change everything they touch. Sometimes they are life altering changes, like you wake up and your lungs can no longer function, or you were right handed when you went to sleep and wake up left handed. Whole buildings get moved to new locations, and nothing is left as it was.
After Rail and Moa steal an artifact from the dark crevices of Orokos and right out from under the Mozgas’ nose, they commit a much more unpardonable sin. They don’t give it to Anya-Jacana, their “Mother” of the thieves den. The artifact is much more than either of them could have realized especially since it was from the Functional Age, when there was more knowledge and technology that seemed to have disappeared during the Fade. Rail and Moa are quickly on the run, running from more than just the other murders Anya-Jacana sent after them, they are also running from the police. Fighting through Revenants, police members, and other things that are much worse, Rail and Moa fight to break through their poorly constructed government to escape out into the ocean.
I really enjoyed this book as a young adult novel. It had dynamic characters and an incredibly unique plot. I often had a hard time putting this book down because I was always worried about what was going to happen next! Rail’s care and protection for Moa throughout the entire book really reminded me of how I always try to protect those I love from being hurt. I really loved this book and will reread it in the future!!
Jillian is a high school student who is very active in the community, the high school softball team and she plays a mean saxophone. Jill is a voracious reader and is going to provide Novel Reaction with reviews on a regular basis (hooray!) so look for her upcoming reviews.
Title: The Storm Thief
Author: Chris Wooding
Page Nos.: 310
Publisher: Scholastic Press, Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: October 2007