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Storm Thief (edition 2006)

by Chris Wooding

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Title:Storm Thief
Authors:Chris Wooding
Info:Orchard Books (2006), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Summary: The island city of Orokos has been trapped in isolation for so long that the idea of a "world outside Orokos" had become a dream for only the naive and the fanatics. There is nothing outside of Orokos, and Orokos is nothing but city, ghetto, and the ruling Protectorate. Chaos storms wreak havoc upon Orokos and its inhabitants - picking people up and dropping them elsewhere; crippling some people while giving life to others. Even eyeshadow isn't too small to be overlooked by the probability storms.

When Rail and Moa make a snap decision to hide an expensive artifact from their Thief Mistress, they must flee with an assassin hot on their trail. While running, they come across a golem, Vago, who'd been misplaced by a probability storm before he had any idea of who he was, where he was from, or why he was made. Where can these refugees go when the Protectorate rules with an iron fist - keeping ghetto-folk away from the city? Their path is simply a series of coincidences strung together...leading, where?

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. The characters were simple enough to flow well in a book for young teens, but each character had an interesting mixture of strengths and weaknesses. My favorite character was Vago, the Golem, whose process of self-discovery throughout the story made him intriguing.

I loved the philosophical underpinnings of this story. It reminded us that the random power of entropy will always win. It always destroys what we have worked to build. Entropy is a non-stoppable machine. So why do we continue fighting it? Why do we continue dreaming of that "other world" when we have so much evidence that it doesn't exist? Why do we clutch hopefully to mere coincidences and use them to fuel our dreams?

Full review on my blog Resistance is Futile ( )
  The_Hibernator | Aug 17, 2014 |
usually not into sci-fi but I loved the authors book Poison so I thought Id give it a chance

I really liked it but I wish there was more to the ending..I always wish that though :)

It had his trademark descriptive writing which helped me imagine the story well. ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
This book has very occult and mysterious things that really leave you thinking in it. 4Q3P The cover art is awesome and I'd recommend this for middle school and high school students. I chose to read this book because the theme of thieves really caught my attention. SpencerD
  edspicer | Jun 17, 2014 |
This book is so completely not what I expected. It’s better. To what extent can you ever predict where a book will take you?! Sadly, the case with many books today is that a lot of them are predictable. They’re tiring and dull, because they’re the same old pathetic attempts at conveying a “popular” piece of crap not worthy of ever having been put into the field of writing.

Not so for this book! GOD. I fell in LOVE with this book! From the intriguing, unique name, to the alluring cover art… to the interesting summary printed on its inside flap… this book completely shocked me and blew me away. It’s taking the life of a thief to a whole new level, because it’s a world of chaos. FAN-TAS-TIC chaos!! I swear! It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before! The way that Chris Wooding describes this city he set the story in is amazing! You almost never hear descriptions like that! The entire design is unique and original! You can tell this man has a clear picture in his mind of what these buildings look like, of the webbing streets that connect one craved district to another brimming with corruption. GOD, it’s refreshing! Everything about it is new and pulls you in!

Even the characters! Oh God, the CHARACTERS! We have a boy named Rail and a girl named Moa, and NEITHER of them are love-struck dumbasses! THANK… GOD! It’s about TIME. Not only that! They’re SMART. My GOD are they smart! I wanted to KISS them every time the sickly and shy Moa had an intelligent thought the moment I believed she was going to pull a coward’s trick on me. She never did! God what a beautiful feeling! To be proven WRONG whenever your suspicions even begin to tingle! MWAH! *Blows them a full out kiss!* Beautiful! And Rail! Oh my God, RAIL. That boy is TOUGH as NAILS! I adore him! He’s got such an attitude, such swift and wonderful survival instincts. He’s to the point, and he’s not a believer, and that makes him a beaaauuuuuutiful piece of reality in this crazy city called Orokos. But what really wins me over is that no matter how much of a strong kid he is, he’s still got the plain-as-fact sense to say what Moa means to him. And Moa. Moa! She puts herself fully in his trust, because she can trust him! And she does it without being pathetic and whiny, or thinking that because she has HIM to look out for her that it means she doesn’t need to think for herself. God I love this book!

And then we have Vago. Sweet, darling, adorable, caring, sensitive Vago! How I love that man! He’s absolutely a precious addition to their group, and man. Did I love the relationship he struck out with Moa and Rail! I cheered at the fact that Rail never quite fully liked him, even though he had enough common sense and decency in order to trust him when necessary. I also love that Vago never simpered up to Rail and tried to get him to like him. And on top of that… I love the reasons for why they both didn’t like each other (not saying they disliked each other, mind). The fact that Moa was loosely tied in (mind you, a lot more loosely than MOST “triangles” of ANY sort) didn’t bother me either. In fact, I think it was completely believable and logical. Which made it even better!

Seriously. I was impressed on a lot of levels with this book. Not only was it not just about the obvious—thieves—but there were enough other elements of unpredictability and wonder in this book that I began questioning whether or not the author had a few loves for Science Fiction and Dystopian! It was so cool. In fact, everything about the book was cool! It was written with a levelness and controlled, masterful corruption and power that was wonderful to experience! You weren’t sure whether you could break free of this story steadily curving in to collapse on itself (in a very good way) or whether you’d be swept up in a new burst of knowledge and chance. It’s not exactly unexpected—in fact, it’s hard to describe. But the feelings that it evokes and the place it pulls you into are a trip! I know you’d love the read!!

I have to make at least one more comment. I love the way Chris Wooding surprises you with these beautiful patches of wording! They catch you off guard in that when you read them, you realize with what creation and skill this man has with his use of the English language. Some parts of his writing are simply and feasibly works of art. It’s a really nice surprise to come across in the midst of your reading! I was impressed quite a few times!

I must say that there is one downside to the entire book though. And that’s gotta be… the fact that the book ended… SO… SOON! *Cries!* I felt like we just got there! We just got to the point where the final part would unfold and we would have some real closure and elaboration on what would happen next… and then it all ends! DX Mind you, it didn’t cut you off completely. But I was definitely left feeling like I got the short end of the stick there. Like after all that the author decided to chop the ending short, wrap it up, and throw it out there. ;~; It was a little disappointing. I was hoping for more! A chunk more at least!! The last two chapters, I would have to say, seemed almost rushed. It was just upsetting. After reading something so exciting and intriguing and wonderful, then we have this abrupt shortcut to the finish line and we don’t get to see the extra parts that we were expecting all along! At least that’s how it left me feeling.

Other than that, the book was GREAT. I truly enjoyed it and I would love to re-read it sometime to see the connection between everything! I feel that there was a lot left unexplained or unfinished. And perhaps that was the purpose, but I’m not one to accept that when I’ve seen what greatness an author could achieve throughout the rest of his story. In my opinion, it’s something that Chris Wooding still needs to work on a bit. Even with that though, I’m giving this book the highest rating possible on here~ It was definitely worth the read, and to me it’s a story that’s original and worth my remembering. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of those books that influenced me for years to come. Check it out! I think a lot of people will find this book, its characters and its story really refreshing in the midst of the usual things that are out there now. So why not give Storm Thief a chance? :3 Go on and try it! ( )
  N.T.Embe | Dec 31, 2013 |
Rust clings to the metal buildings in the city of Orokos that slouch in the shadows. The tall buildings are all dwarfed in comparison with the massive structure at the very center- a cone shaped building covered in pointed glass shards, creating a massive whirlwind. This immense structure was the source of most devastation in the magnificent city. It was the source of all probability storms. These storms conjure up an unimaginable power, so great that it can change absolutely anything in just one second. Buildings can be moved, people can die, and creatures of no human nature can be invented. This was the source of fear and awe in Orokos, and nobody knew how it worked, nobody knew how to stop it.
In Storm Thief, Rail and Moa live in this unpredictable city full of possibilities. They live in one of the city’s poor ghetto sections, where they manage to survive each day on the earnings they make as thieves. One day, they find an artifact from the ancient days, the Fade, and believing that the artifact could make a better life for them, Rail decides to keep it. Anya Jacana, their master thief, wasn't quite happy with how they kept the artifact from her. So, being the cruel mastermind that she is, she sends out one of her henchmen to find Rail and Moa... and murder them. Rail and Moa must now hide from their pursuers, but on their way they encounter a strange creature, and they continue their escape through Orokos’s deadliest sections with the terrifying creature.
Storm Thief is one of the most unique books that I have ever read because of the idea of probability storms in the world. Although the idea of the storms were amazing, I wished that the book had featured them a little more throughout the book. The whole city of Orokos is based around these probability storms, and I felt like throughout the novel, Chris Wooding forgot that. We did hear about the results of the storms, but in the book, nothing else was changed significantly because of them. It was actually a little disappointing. But, what Wooding did execute well were Rail and Moa’s characters. Rail isn’t a dreamer. He sees the brutality and reality in the world while Moa doesn’t. She dreams of a land beyond Orokos that holds a better life for them. They are the complete opposites of each other, but somehow they manage to trust each other. To be honest, that was on of the only reasons that I read on. I needed to find out if their friendship would last or how it would end. To me, it seemed impossible for two people with such different personalities to share such an unbreakable bond, but like the book said, “Anything was possible.”
Storm Thief is definitely one of the more original books in the world. The existence of probability storms is so different from anything that I had read before that I needed to find out more about it, and I really wish that I could’ve seen the storms’ results affect Rail and Moa in a more drastic way. I only finished this book because I was just curious to how Rail and Moa journey ended up, but overall, Storm Thief is a great, but not amazing, book that is exactly like a probability storm should be- exciting and unpredictable. ( )
  br14sazh | Nov 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 043986514X, Paperback)

A darkly thrilling new novel from master storyteller Chris Wooding, about a civilization plagued by chaos and reality-rearranging storms.

Orokos is a city of chaos, lashed by probability storms that re-order the world wherever they strike. It covers every inch of the rocky island that it dominates. It has stood for so long that history has forgotten it, and its citizens no longer question what exists beyond its walls. Then three of its denizens discover a map that holds the key to the secret at the heart of Orokos. But there are others, such as the Chief of the Protectorate Secret Police, who would do anything to get their hands on that power...anything at all...

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With the help of a golem, two teenaged thieves try to survive on the city island of Orokos, where unpredictable probability storms continually change both the landscape and the inhabitants.

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