Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1, 2007)
Storm Thief by Chris Wooding
This imaginative and descriptive work of fantasy and fear opens with a seabird crashing into a window, dying, and being picked up by a golem named Vago. Rail and Moa are ghetto teens. Rail has taken the girl under his wing and taught her to be a thief, although stealing pains her sense of morality. They live in a land ruled by a totalitarian government led by the Protectorate's Patrician. The Protectorate is meant to protect the citizens of Orokos from Revenants, ghosts that take over people's bodies and kill everything they can. Lysander Bane has a ruthlessly unquestioning dedication to order and law. But order is elusive in Orokos, where at any time a probability storm can occur. Children can turn to stone, people turn into cats, left-handers become right-handed. Rail can no longer breathe by himself but needs a respirator. The plot is complicated and there are many characters and types of creatures to keep track of, but Wooding does a masterful job of tying everything together. Ultimately, the golem interacts with Rail and Moa, who unlock the secrets of the probability storms and the Protectorate. All ends on a hopeful if uncertain note. Characterization is deft, and teens will relate to both Moa and Rail. The concept of the probability storms is fascinating and lends a constant sense of danger and menace. The golem is unlike any in literature; the description of what happens to him in the end is heartbreaking yet encouraging.
From the very beginning of this book it is awesome. My first impression was that it was kinda like a mixture between The Hunger Games and The City of Ember. It is set into the future where the city, Orokos, is the only known civilization. And, in this future, the rich people are separated from the poor. In this future, people forgot how to use technology. But, this book has more of a fantasy feeling then Hunger Games. I love the creativity that Mr. Wooding put into this book. Very early on in this book, I read a part about an evil kind of creature called Mozgas. The only thing I can say about this scene is that it was very... odd. And a book like this great when there are many oddities in it.
Also, a very imaginative part of this book is the concept of Probability Storm. When one of these storms happen, very strange things occur. A new race can be born, you could wake up blind, North and South can reverse. My only problem with this though was that there could've been more info about this. There could have been a lot more to go off of with this.
I really enjoyed the characters also. But, right now I must express my nerdishness. The main character, Rail, stopped breathing due to a Probability Storm. So, he now wears a mask over his jaw (as you can see in the cover art) and I think this was very similar to the mask Darth Malak wears in the video game Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic. Although, Rail's character was nothing like the evil Malak's. I would have to say, though, that my favorite character was the golem, Vago. I love how his character developed. I love the mystery of it all. Mr. Woodings did a masterful job of making you want to know more about his characters. And this makes the Storm Thief just that much better.
This is a great book. Like I said before, it is like a mixture between The Hunger Games and The City of Ember. I highly recommend this book to fans of either of these books. It is truly a great book.
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