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Publisher's Note:

In the not-too-distant future, huge tornadoes and monster storms have become a part of everyday life. Sent to spend the summer in the heart of storm country with her meteorological engineer father, Jaden Meggs is surprised at the strides her father's company StormSafe, has made with custom shelters that keep her family safe in even the worst of storms. At her exclusive summer science camp, Eye On Tomorrow, Jaden meets Alex, a boy whose passion for science matches hers. Together, they discover that her father's company is steering storms away from the expensive neighborhoods and toward the organic farming communities that are in competition with his bio-engineered food company, NatureMade. Jaden must confront her father, but when she does, she uncovers a terrifying family secret and must call on both her scientific knowledge and her faith to save the people she loves most from one of her father's monster storms.…

Eye of the Storm

by Kate Messner

Overall Book Review:

Eye of the Storm was not a bad book, but it wasn’t a great book either.  While Messner’s post-apocalyptic world–a world plagued by violent weather systems–was intriguing, it failed to entirely engage the reader and perhaps would have benefited from more development.  The plot was interesting, if not a tad predictable in places. The writing itself, particularly the visuals–imagery and allusions, was excellent.  Messner did create a protagonist that was unique and exciting in personality, but unfortunately there weren’t any other characters of notable uniqueness to compliment the protagonist.  With both female and male characters, this book should have broad appeal.  This novel will most certainly appeal to anybody who loves science or science fiction, and is definitely a book for a rainy (or windy) day.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children’s Books


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 8 religious exclamations

Violence/Gore:  One character threatens another and attacks causing minor injury; characters suffer injury from tornadoes; one characters severly cuts herself on glass trying to escape, with some description of blood.

Sex/Nudity:  Two characters kiss.

Mature Subject Matter:

Divorce, corruption of power

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
1
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
1
10

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About the Reviewer

I enjoy reading adventure books like Gary Paulsen’s The Hatchet, probably because I like to lead an active life. Outside of reading, I camp, hike, run cross country and work on a farm, and a lot of these experiences let me appreciate the content of a good book, as well as the unlimited possibilities that can happen between its covers.