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Orokos is a city of chaos, lashed by probability storms that re-order the world wherever they strike. 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....

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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Storm Thief Reviews

  • N.T. Embe
    2019-04-05 14:55

    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!

  • J.M.
    2019-04-13 14:09

    I feel it necessary to preface my thoughts on STORM THIEF for some reason by saying I'm a fan of Chris Wooding's. I especially love his "Braided Path" trilogy*, which I feel can sit on the shelf right next to Sanderson's "Mistborn" trilogy (and on my shelf, it does) because as far as quality of writing and depth of character it's right there. That said, however, STORM THIEF feels like it was "phoned in," if you get my meaning. It lacks depth. It lacks passion. The only thing it doesn't lack is Wooding's eloquent descriptions of people, places, and things. Otherwise, it feels like Wooding is sort of going through the motions. It's as if he got this cool idea for this isolated dystopian city, forgotten by the world, powered by something called a Chaos Engine, which unleashes random "probability storms" from a place called the Fulcrum, all of it created by long-dead mysterious ancestors called the Faded. Yeah, see? The premise is cool; yet, I could never feel anything for the characters. They were all, villains and heroes alike, self-absorbed, whiny, annoying bores, especially Rail (who graces the cover). Not to mention, everything is so bloody ambiguous. The whole story is ambiguous. It even ends ambiguously, with the phrase "Anything was possible," which I suppose ties into the ideas of probability, something Wooding promotes throughout the book. Instead, it just comes across to me as altogether noncommittal.There's just not much else to say about STORM THIEF. I didn't hate it. It wasn't the worst thing I've read. But I was disappointed in Wooding's effort on this one, and I can't recommend it to anybody. However, I can and DO recommend the "Braided Path" trilogy, and even POISON, both of which are far more fun, fascinating, and fervent than STORM THIEF.Sorry, Chris. Two out of five stars.--As an afterthought, I want to add that I enjoyed the character of Vago, up until he was conditioned by the Protectorate. He was the only character I really cared about and I would have liked to go through his re-conditioning process with him to understand the depth of his dual nature better. It would have made his wavering allegiance so much more dramatic and powerful, especially during the book's climactic end scenes.--* If you can get it, the collected "Braided Path" is available in a weighty Omnibus Edition.

  • Sesana
    2019-04-04 15:14

    What do you say when there's nothing wrong with a book, nothing that you can put your finger on, and yet it still doesn't do it for you? I'll try to figure out what wasn't working for me as I write this review.Storm Thief is set in an island city that has been devastated by the Chaos Engine. The Engine creates probability storms, that can change reality in a moment. One of the main characters, Rail (that's him on the cover) uses a respirator because a probability storm took his ability to breathe without assistance. Rail is a thief, partners with Moa. On a particularly dangerous job, they find a piece of Fade Science, ancient technology of the sufficiently-advanced-to-be-indistinguishable-from-magic variety. This propells them on an adventure that has them confronting a golem, named Vago and perhaps the most sympathetic character, and eventually confronting the Chaos Engine itself.So here's a book that's written fairly well, and that kept me reading throughout. So why the three stars? Something just wasn't working for me as I read it, and I eventually realized that it was multiple minor issues that added up to make a less than satisfactory read. First, the characters. The characterization was actually pretty shallow for the most part, and the two main characters both irritated me, Rail for being irritatingly pessimistic to the point of myopia and Moa for being irritatingly naive and idealistic to the point of lunacy. Amongst other shallow characters are a professor and his granddaughter, who seem to serve no purpose in the book and vanish without consequence. The story itself is not only rushed, it's nothing to do with what the official summary says. You're lead to believe that the probability storms will play a big roll in the story. And they should, it's a great idea. But they don't. They have no effects whatsoever onscreen, and anything to do with the Chaos Engine doesn't come about until very late in the book. Everything is just zooming from one point to the next with no pause for development of characters, story, or world. That rushed quality is evident in the ending, which reads like the last 50 pages were accidentally left out. I don't often say this, because I do get sick of the idea that fantasy books MUST be trilogies, but this one certainly could have used the trilogy treatment. Or at least a duology, or an extra 100 pages. This isn't a bad book. It's just far too short for everything the author wanted to get across.

  • Alz
    2019-04-11 12:01

    Talked myself down from 2 stars into 1.5 stars in the course of writing this review...Storm Thief is a book that was mainly action-driven and not so much character drive, although the characters themselves were all right--while they weren't shallow or quite archetypes, there was very much a sense of "Rail the thief who is only out for himself but looks after Moa like she's he's little sister" and "Moa the bright innocent young flower who dreams of something better" and that's all they are. Vago the golem started off interesting but he was very much "the golem who wonders about the mystery of his origins" and when that mystery is solved, it's not all that interesting or unusual.I feel like most of this book was like that: interesting but ultimately not unusual. The probability storms as a premise is amazing and awesome, but the story actually doesn't really feature them at all--I think there was maybe one storm during the actual book during which nothing important changed. The storms are regular things, mind you, but the book takes place in such an apparently short span of time taht we don't really see much of them, though we do see and hear frequently about the effects. Since I was expecting much more of the probability storms, I was a little disappointed and underwhelmed.Similarly, although the story does eventually climax and culminate in an explanation of why there are storms, it was kind of a lackluster explanation that ended up feeling preachy. Since I didn't develop a close connection to any of the characters and was mainly driven to finish the book to find out just what the hell is up with the probability storms and this Fulcrum place that has no entrances and is made of indestructable material and nobody has ever entered, well--color me disappointed again.Nor is there really an explanation for much of the so-called Fade-Science. It's basically magic and I would have been less judgmental if they had just called it magic instead of pretending it's science and then not having even an iota of logical, reasonable explanation for how these things worked other than "we were super technologically advanced and made these technological things".Oh, and there are Revenants that are glowing green manta-ray ghost things that appear and take over people and kill with a touch. They seemed kind of random, as if the story needed some extra kind of menace or threat, and we do get an explanation for them in the end--a very, very unsatisfying one that basically amounts to what I just said right here, i.e. there needed to be a threat. WTF?Ultimately, I didn't really care all that much about the characters, who themselves were kind of flat, the world was interesting but never explored to its full depth, the explanation for everything was dull, frustrating, preachy and implausible. In fact, you know what? I'm talking myself out of giving it 2 stars here and lowering it to 1 star. Maybe 1.5. The more I think about it, the less well it sits with me. I just waded throug this entire book full of ungratified anticipation and failed hope.1.5 stars, Storm Thief. You had a hell of a lot of potential but it all got squandered on action-packed scenes with hardly any emotional development or intellectual tension.

  • Cat
    2019-03-28 18:10

    Now, here's a book I might not have read had not been for my book club. (Ok, maybe my boyfriend might have made up my mind one of these days...)But anyway... 'Storm Thief' follows the story of two young (it's never clear how old they are) thieves, a boy called Rail and a girl called Moa, in a city called Orokos, known for being an island in the middle of the ocean and for the changes that occur from time to time. And when I say 'changes', I mean streets and buildings and people moving to other places, or changing themselves somehow. These changes are made by phenomena called probability storms and no one ever knows when they will strike again. The society in this city is very divided, with the rich being rich, well-fed, allowed to education, health services, and jobs; and the poor being very poor, weak, denied of most things basic and thrown into ghettoes. They are ruled by the Protectorate which obviously does nothing to protect the ones who need the most.The story begins with a description of something we don't immediately understand and then we "jump" right next to Rail and Moa, who are doing one of their many thieving jobs. Then they sort of stumble on a strange artefact and basically the adventure begins. To keep them company, and protect them, is Vago, a golem, who joins the two thieves a bit later on the story. Together they will learn more about the city they live in and if it's possible to completely change what's been there for ages.It's easy to get the idea. Get three outcasts to try to fight the power for freedom, in a city where things and people easily change, and it's a cool adventure. There are thieves, a golem, strange buildings and devices...It was nice, I liked it, but I didn't love it. The beginning was hard, it took me some days to get past the first chapter, which is not very long, I couldn't bring myself to read... It was not nice.Then, things started to get better, more interesting, and I found this book really easy to read.There's themes like freedom, dreaming of a better place (society, world...) to live in, friendship, and others, and there's also weird creatures that turn humans into some kind of zombies.The probability storms were an interesting premise but, unfortunately, they don't happen that much in the story, even though the description of one of those storm was, for me, one of the best in the book. Because the author likes describing things a lot, but I thought he doesn't always accomplishes this well.As for the Storm Thief... Well, I was disappointed because this character is like the local folklore and is only mentioned as the being behind the probability storms. I was honestly expecting a person, like some mad scientist, unleashing chaos in the form of a storm.Regarding the characters, I liked Vago, the golem, but, then again, I felt we are meant to like him. He's the underdog, the creature nobody likes and everyone fears. I liked him, yes, but I didn't like that I made to like him, if you know what I mean. As for Rail and Moa, it's like the story, I liked them, I liked that their dynamics together, which irritated me in the beginning, changed (Rail would lead, Moa would follow), I understood their frustrations, their dreams, but I didn't love them.Then you have a real bad guy, from the Secret Police, called Lysander (?!) Bane, another bad guy, a thieve with rotten teeth, called Finch, a fat thief-boss called Anya-something that I cannot remember nor being bothered to check (really), an old and not very nice toy maker called Cretch (what???) and his granddaughter, the irritating Ephemera. These last two appear very little throughout the story and don't add much to it. There's also the leader of the rebels (there are always rebels in books like this), a woman whose name I also don't remember, but who looked like the rebels' leader that appears in books like this.Hence the three stars. The things I liked about this book are the things I had never read about. Probability storms, cities that change themselves an their inhabitants... This was completely new to me, and sounded interesting. I felt let down by the lack of development of these aspects and think the author could've done more.In the end, this was an ok book, but I hope that the rest of Mr Wooding's books are better than this one.

  • Jaemi
    2019-04-01 16:08

    This is the story of Orokos–the island in the sea. And as far as most of its inhabitants are concerned, the only place there is. Rail and Moa grew up on Orokos; Rail always certain it is what is seems, Moa sure there’s something more.As a child, Moa lost her father, who died trying to escape the island. Rail lost his ability to breathe, one of many victims of the Probability storms that have wreaked havoc on the island as long as anyone can remember. The two meet up one day and becomes a fast pair, making their money thieving.A job gone bad forces them to flee their home. On their way back to the hidden city from which Moa first came, they stumble upon the golem Vago, who helps them on their way, but eventually escapes, seeking to learn the truth of his own identity. A journey that will lead him, and therefore the others, straight into the arms of the Protectorate, the rulers of Orokos, whose chief of Secret Police has a dream of his own. To find and destroy the Chaos Engine, which makes the Probability Storms possible. He dreams of an Orokos filled with only peace. And with Moa and her stolen artifact in hand, the dream seems within reach.So what will become of this solitary world if these dreams are reached?Perhaps Wooding’s most original creation yet. A slightly heavier read than some of his other books, but well worth it. Fantasy readers will likely enjoy it–it is an entirely invented world after all, though the nature of the story does lend itself more towards SciFi.

  • Judie
    2019-04-01 19:04

    Orokos is a horrible, beautiful, awful, magical place. Rail and Moa, two young thieves living in a designated ghetto, know those things only too well. More precisely, Rail knows of the bad, Moa tries very hard to concentrate on the beautiful and magical. They are inseparable.Orokos exists as an entity unto itself, in the middle of a vast ocean, believing that there is nothing, no one and nowhere beyond its cramped borders. It’s a tormented society in many ways, overpopulated, vast disparities between rich and poor, fighting a never ending war against an unknowable enemy and eeking always closer to complete chaos. Literally. For in Orokos, there are Probability Storms. Kind of like one of those summer thunderstorms when the light turns yellow as the clouds become black and it feels like the very air is changing around you...except in Orokos it might be doing exactly that. A Probability Storm can change anything, anywhere, at any time. When Rail and Moa stumble upon an artifact from another time, when the world was very, very different, they too become something of a Probability Storm, changing their world with every step they take away from their carefully predetermined fates.

  • Athena
    2019-04-13 17:17

    4 stars for the (intended) YA audience3 stars for adultsThis is a fine adventure read, set in a strikingly imagined and richly realized world. The author does a good job of keeping the story moving with vigorously creative writing. It's definitely one of his earlier works and solidly aimed at the YA audience. The reader is forced to participate in the (outstanding) world-building as we're simply plopped down in it and have to make our own way through the book along with the characters; a good thing I think for younger readers.Some of the characterizations are a bit, what, overblown? obvious? to the adult reader but younger readers will likely find them fresh enough (jackbooted characters ring certain bells for the adults). Wooding specializes in twists and turns in his writing, and while they are present in this book the adult reader will see where the major plot points are heading. Although I won't be re-reading I'd certainly recommend to my younger family members.

  • Miriam
    2019-04-12 15:06

    In a city where unpredictable changes may occur at any time, two young thieves fight for their lives and the future of the city against the oppressive Protectorate.Wooding's writing style is so-so -- no particularly irksome errors or stylistic quirks, but not especially gripping, either. A bit flat, like his characters. The world-building was interesting enough to keep me reading, but so many elements were borrowed from earlier works of science fiction that I can't feel particularly impressed by these aspects.

  • Molly
    2019-03-23 19:05

    Não sabia nada sobre este livro quando o adquiri. A sinopse é bastante interessante e reveladora e eu interessei-me pelo que nela está escrito. O título também é bastante sugestivo. Comecei por achar a história boa, mas não muito expetacular. Um escrita agradável, fluente; descrições boas e personagens boas... mas nada que pudesse dizer: "Maravilha! Aqui está um mundo arrebatador." Não posso esperar que todos os livros me façam pensar assim, como é óbvio. Mas aos poucos fui ficando mais apegada à história e ao desenrolar dos acontecimentos até que, na reta final, fiquei absolutamente contente com o facto de estar a ler o livro. É, de facto, um livro muito bom, com um desenlace que reflete toda a obra, todo o seu teor e alma. É um bom final para a história, e o que acontece até lá é muito bom. A parte final é muito, muito boa e foi isso que me fez dar quatro estrelas a este livro.Fazendo um pequeno resumo: "O Ladrão da Tempestade" conta a história de Rail e Moa, dois adolescentes dum gueto da cidade de Orokos, uma cidade fortificada, no meio do oceano: uma ilha. Os habitantes de Orokos vivem uma vida sossegada e tranquila que só é afrontada aquando das tempestades de probabilidades. Aquando dessas tempestades, a cidade é modificada, há sempre mudança. Pessoas mudam de figura, alteram-se, podem ficar doentes, podem ficar saudáveis, podem ir parar a outro ponto qualquer da cidade; os cursos do rio alteram-se, as casas e os locais. Tudo pode mudar numa tempestade dessas. E também aparecem os Invasores, que são uma espécie de espectros de energia: éter. Os Invasores atacam pessoas, matando-as suavemente e apoderando-se dos seus corpos, passando estes a designarem-se por Capturados. Os Capturados dedicam a sua existência a atacar e destruir edifícios do Protetorado e também a matar possíveis rivais. Ou seja, os Capturados são Invasores incorporados em corpos de pessoas. Orokos é governada pelo Protetorado. Esta entidade é o poder absoluto, governado pelo Patrício, um humano "mascarado" com uma máscara negra, para ocultar o rosto e uma bata tipo cirurgião, preta também. Quem mantém o governo é a Polícia Secreta, que manda no Exército. A grande função deste orgão é manter a cidade: a ordem e a harmonia. Essa ordem e harmonia passa por sectarizar a população, sendo que os mais pobres, doentes e/ou criminosos são postos em guetos, de onde não podem sair, sendo todos tatuados com um código. Nesses guetos abundam as organizações de ladrões. Outra função do governo (exército) é dar caça aos Invasores e Capturados, tentando aniquilá-los. A cidade foi fundada há muito muito tempo, no meio do oceano. Existe factos que comprovam a existência de uma sociedade anterior, que era muito mais avançada tecnológica e cientificamente. Mas, não se sabendo bem porquê, essa sociedade acabou, marcando-se cronologicamente esse período como: Extinção. Então, o tempo atual em Orokos é depois da Extinção. Em Orokos não há forma de medir o tempo. Por fim, existe a lenda de que as tempestades são obra do Ladrão da Tempestade, que tem como seus ajudantes os Invasores, que o servem e alimentam com os humanos e com o que destroem. Eles geram o caos numa sociedade que procura a todo o custo uma ordem (mesmo que irreal e imperfeita, feita à custa dos mais necessitados que são vistos como escumalha e como desordeiros e a causa da falta de ordem). É nesta trama que vamos encontrar Rail e Moa, dois adolescentes dos guetos: ladrões que acabam por descobrir um misterioso artefacto. Na expetativa de ficarem com ele, ambos fogem da ladra-chefe, que envia Finch atrás deles para os matar e obter o artefacto. Pelo caminho encontram Vago, um golem (penso que cyborg seria mais adequado?), que está perdido e cujo seu maior desejo é encontrar o seu passado e o seu criador. No meio de toda essa aventura, Moa tem um sonho: o sonho de sair de Orokos. Ela acredita que existe mais para além do horizonte do oceano.Ora, não foram as personagens que me fizeram vibrar com a história, apesar de ter gostado delas. O que me fez vibrar foram as descrições dos espaços, as reviravoltas, a história de Orokos e o desenlace. Toda a história é um hino à liberdade, à perseguição dos nossos sonhos e ao não desistir de os alcançar. É uma história de redenção e coragem, de amizade e luta. A luta pela sobrevivência foi outro facto que me agradou ao longo da narrativa. Está muito bem contada e refletida. Talvez possa caracterizar esta obra como dystopia. Comparei bastante a "Incarceron", de Catherine Fisher e um pouco a "Os Jogos da Fome". Este género de obras deve ser lido com uma atitude reflexiva. Não são meros livros para ler por divertimento (também o são claro!). Estas histórias têm uma moral: a ganância humana, os interesses humanos, o interesse e a maldade, a segregação da população e a descriminação têm um preço, que tem de ser pago a qualquer custo. Devemos ler estas histórias pensando: "o que posso refletir com isto?". É um exercício interessante e educativo. Ter uma ideia das atitudes e das suas consequências é importante. A luta pela liberdade, presente ao longo do livro, é extremamente comovente. O desejo de fuga, de descobrir uma saída, de ter uma vida melhor, mais digna são desejos que fazem parte da Humanidade. Vê-los retratados nas obras é sempre bom e faz pensar. Também o desejo de redenção, aceitação e amor é uma marca desta história. Vago, o golem, é uma personagem bastante complexa e interessante por isso mesmo. Moa e Rail também, pelo desejo de fuga e paz. Há outras personagens muito interessantes ao longo da obra, como Lelek, que habita um quadro, sendo uma personagem deveras misteriosa e maravilhosa. Também gostei de Finch, que é bastante esperto e manhoso. A lição a tirar da história é rica e faz pensar nos nossos comportamentos em sociedade e da sociedade perante os seus indivíduos. A ordem e o caos, a segurança e a insegurança, a liberdade e a prisão: dicotomias presentes que são factos essenciais à vida humana e que devemos ter em atenção. Recomendo =)

  • Jessika Beaty
    2019-03-30 13:10

    “You two are the luckiest kids I’ve ever had the misfortune to meet,” she declared.“You make your own luck,” said Rail, smiling with his eyes. “Nobody ever tell you that?”I gave Storm Thief a five star rating. My rating is high due to 5 simple tools that must keep me intrigued throughout the entire plot. Storm thief is a precious story that I will forever hold close to my heart and all the feels to this novel was deep and moving with the characters between Vago, Moa, and Rail. Storm Thief by Chris Wooding is a wonderful first time novel introducing the author and his fantastic writing ability that so happens to grace the pages of this beautiful little 300 page book that had me fully engaged for days and days. To make the occasion special, I drank Trilogy Wine, and had apple cider ale to make this a memorable experience and I rarely drink. The only emotion that was left out was tears but everything else followed the five senses. I could clearly see what was happening, I could hear the world inside the pages, I could feel the fear, the anger, the sadness, the joy, and all other emotions that each characters portrayed, you can taste the lovely descriptions that were good enough to literally eat right out of the book, and you can smell the action that just haunted the pages especially that INCREDIBLE fight scene with Vago and the Revenants. Yes. You read that correctly. That’s right, smell and breathe in that action that just creates movable images in your mind like an old movie projector. This was quick and not drawn out and the author got straight to the point. The relationship between Rail and Moa made my heart melt. I wanted to hug those two for showing me that not every young adult novel that comes out has to have a pitiful romance! They were real and moving and valued each other greatly and the way they met was fascinating to me with how close they have become. Thank you Chris for showing me that not all hope is lost with young adult literature! {{{WARNING: SPOILER: }}}}}That moment with Rail even risking his life, my heart literally stopped. That was a nice tasteful surprise that he would take off his only thread to life to risk giving Moa that kiss while she lay unconscious. How romantic! That made my mouth drop and then made me sad and angry. They never get together though. {{{{{{END SPOILER}}}}}}Everything was so real, and I love when a story makes you feel part of it. This definitely has earned a spot on my favorite bookshelf.

  • Karissa
    2019-04-05 12:06

    This is the second book by Chris Wooding that I have had the pleasure to read; the first was Poison. I liked Poison a lot more than this book; but, like Poison, what really stand out in Storm Thief is the ending. This book could best be described as a kind of gothic Sci-Fi young adult novel.In this book we spend most of our time with Rail and Moa who eke out a living serving as thieves in a ghetto in the city of Orokos. During one of their thieving raids they stumble along a mysterious artifact of enormous value. They decided to take it and run with it; hoping to make their fortune off of the proceedings. Beside this story is the parallel story of Vago; a golem made of muscle and metal whose path intertwines with that of Rail and Moa. Vago is a golem who doesn't know his purpose or maker; yet he finds he is extremely adept as fending off the Revenants in the city of Orokos. Orokos itself is the most interesting part of the book. Orokos is a city plagued by probability storms that can change reality at the drop of a hat; it is also plagued by Revenants, beings made of energy who are deadly to the human habitants of Orokos. The citizens of Orokos believe that it is the only place in the entire world, but Moa dreams that there must be some place else.I did not like the characters or the storyline of this book as much as I liked Poison. The story itself is pretty dry, devoid of humor, and I thought the characters were bland and in general not all that likable . The plot of the book itself was also fairly typical; it was very much one of those humans trying to escape from isolation types of stories. Think City of Ember. The thing that really made this book interesting was the setting. Orokos is an interesting setting, the Revenants are an interesting enemy, and the probability storms are an amazing idea.The book didn't go above an okay (3 star) rating for me until the end. Towards the end (when you find out the story behind Orokos) is when the story really starts to make you think; what happens to a society that has too much order versus one that is steeped in chaos? The ideas presented in the end of the book made this book an above average read for me. I really wish that the characters and plot had been as engaging as they were in Poison. I still have the Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray to read; and I have heard that this is an excellent book.Although I didn't think this book was wonderful, it didn't diminish Chris Wooding as a creative author in my eyes.

  • NovelReaction
    2019-04-07 15:22

    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!!

  • Jasmyn
    2019-04-09 16:59

    23. Storm Thief by Chris WoodingGenre: Young Adult, Science FictionPages: 310Acquired: April 2011Book of Your Shelf? NoWhy I have it: Book BattleSeries: NoRail and Moa are thieves in the only city of Orokos (and by only I mean only - there is nothing else). While on a mission they discover a piece of ancient technology and they don't turn it in to their patron. This is all the start of a very grand adventure as Rail and Moa run from the secret police, monsters knows as Revenants, and the thugs sent by their thieve's patron.Along the way the meet a very interesting "person". A golem named Vago that has quite an interesting past,of only he could remember what it was. Together the three flee across the city looking for a new and better life.This was a fantastic story. The characters are fantastic and come to life on the pages. Their relationship is unique and wonderful to read about. They are all bound together by a fate that is greater than any one of them.5/5

  • 12peppermint
    2019-04-07 19:14

    This was a great book~!I haven't found a book to keep me this interested since "Another Note" (But that's caus' Death Note is special XP) Rail was immediatley my favorite, I liked his sinicle(I spelled that wrong =P) attitude. He was cautious at points, and at times, reckless too, but he kept his confidence, despite having to face Revenants and more. So to say, I felt that the probability storms reflected life, anything can change at any moment, not quite so drastically as the chaos in the probability storms, but even so, chance and luck are two distinguished things. Aha, this is getting confusing, wellz, lets leave it at this: Storm Theif was a great book~! It's worth the read, defiantly worth your time~!

  • Tim Miller
    2019-03-29 19:14

    I thought this book was just awesome! The only thing that made it a 4star for me and not a 5 star was the ending. THIS IS A SPOILER. I want to know what happens to Vago, the city of orokos and the people, and details about the island or new land. And I had tons of thouhts of alternate endings and just somethings that could change in the middle. But great book about corruption in governments, and that freedom from rules and having creativity and chaos. I liked the sense at the end where the Fade come and said they needed chaos because life was boring. It relates to a lot of books, would have made a great series, and relates to real life in a fantasy like way. If you like Hunger games series you will like Storm thief.

  • Lyndsi
    2019-04-06 20:21

    "Storm Thief" was the first story I ever read from Chris Wooding; it was because of the detailed, rapturing way that Wooding presented this story, that as soon as I read the last word, I knew I had to have more from this writer. "Storm Thief" presents an alienated universe in which crime runs rampant, hope is nonexistent, and life is chance. This is sure to please any fantasy lover, because it not only presents a gripping tale, it establishes a new entry for monsters and fear, in a world where vampires and werewolves have become the mainstay diet of the younger generations.

  • travelgirlut
    2019-03-30 14:08

    3.5 stars. I don't think I've ever read a book and then thought, They should make this into a movie. But this book was so visual that I don't think you could ever get from it what the author had in mind without making it into a movie. I love the written visuals in this book. The story was interesting, and even though the characters were not a fleshed out as they could have been, the story moved along nicely. A good, quick read, and I wouldn't mind having more of this same world from the author!

  • Natasha
    2019-04-08 20:23

    I found this world very bizarre and disturbing so I fought against it for a long time. The author just never lets you get comfortable. Of course, I was thoroughly engrossed. My only problem is when you finally get to the explanation of why everything was the way it was all you get is the equivalent of "just because". Freck! I could come of with a better solution in a heartbeat. Needless to say, it still didn't ruin it for me.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-19 12:00

    Another great book by Chris Wooding. Although his fantasies tend to be on the dark side, I find his writing smooth and engaging, and he is amazingly creative. This book was so unique, which was part of what I loved about it. Set in a place where the people believe there is no way out of, and that there is no world beyond their island, it takes you through the story of two thieves and a gholem, and their quest for freedom and answers in a world of chaos. A great read!

  • Cindy
    2019-03-21 12:13

    I find this a hard book to review. There's a lot that I liked about this - the world-building was good; the story was interesting; and yet I could not get into this story. The main characters - Rail and Moa - were good and I did like the relationship between them, but something was just not there for me. The novel seems somewhat wooden. There was a lot of wasted potential. Perhaps this is just not my cup of tea.

  • Erin
    2019-04-12 19:07

    I liked this book, but I was kind of glad to be finished with it. At times, I felt there was more depth of description to the city and the chaos than to the main characters. This, along with some repetitive passages, would probably be my biggest frustrations - while the idea was very creative, I thought the execution could have been better. Still a good read, though.

  • Maribeth
    2019-04-09 15:20

    This is one of those books that leaves more questions than answers--which frustrates and enthralls me at the same time. The story begins in the middle with little explanation. The reader must piece together the futuristic, apocolyptic world as from the clues strewn throughout the book. A good read, but you will leave it still asking questions!

  • António
    2019-03-21 13:12

    Escrita cativante, boa acção, ideia bastante original, mas achei que o final merecia mais. Fiquei com aquela sensação de que faltava algo. Merecia uma continuação...Ainda assim aconselho, sem dúvida.

  • *Amber*
    2019-04-13 19:19

    I first read Storm Thief several years ago and although I could remember what happened, I could not remember whether I enjoyed it or not. One of the main things I did remember about the book was that it smelt funny, and that I liked the cover art, but that was neither here nor there (it no longer smells thankfully). On reading it again I found that I enjoyed the book and that the ending left me eager for more. It was not the sort of book that I normally read (although I’ve read similar genres), but I would like to read others like it.Rail and Moa are two thieves who live in the slums of Orokos, a city that has frequent probability storms which causes something in the world to change, including stealing Rail’s breath so that he now has to breathe through a machine. When the pair are sent by their boss to steal items from an abandoned building (abandoned except from creatures who try to kill them), they find an artefact that send them on a dangerous adventure where they meet Vago, a Gollum who seeks to find why he was created.Although the two main characters did not seem to be fully developed, I loved what had been created of their personalities and how they complimented each other so well. This is perhaps why the pair ended up becoming good friends in the first place, and was definitely what enabled them to reach the end of this story. Vago, was lovely. Towards the beginning he reminded me of Frankenstein’s monster as he was created by a person and due to his appearance, people were scared of him, going as far to attack him when they met him in the street. Unlike Frankenstein’s monster, Vago found those who showed him kindness, and this is perhaps why the similarities between him and Frankenstein’s monster are minimal.The probability storms were an interesting idea and as I read, I expected them to shake up the plot in some way, especially after we were told what they had done in the past, such as stealing Rail’s breath and moving parts of the city elsewhere. However, we did not get to see much of the storms, even though they were central to the world they lived in and I couldn’t help but feel that it was a wasted opportunity.It was interesting to read the conversation between the old man and his granddaughter about the different classes. The granddaughter has a negative view towards the poor and the old man pitied them, but believed that the reason they were poor was because they were lazy. Unfortunately this is a view that is still shared by some today. The old man was an incredibly intelligent character but this just showed his ignorance. It became more interesting when we got to see Rail and Mao’s views on the subject. They were more accurate, holding the belief that the poor struggled to be anything but poor because they did not have the opportunities needed to raise themselves out of poverty.One additional note (view spoiler)[what happens to Vago? He’s just floating in the sea at the moment. (hide spoiler)] Although the characters were not fully fleshed out and the plot seemed to miss some great opportunities (such as the storms), I really enjoyed this book and was glad that I reread it. This book is definitely for young(ish) readers but I do think it could make a good TV show.

  • ✨ Jessica
    2019-03-27 13:07

    Storm Thief is a weird book with a weird premise that sometimes doesn't make sense unless you squint at it and tilt your head slightly to the left. Even so, Storm Thief is still a fun story (well, relatively speaking, seeing as it's in a super depressing world and all). As a whole, Storm Thief has a very interesting story line about chaos and order. Storm Thief tells about Rail and Moa, two thieves living in their ghetto who make a discovery during a heist that leads them to trying to escape from the life fate had dealt them. It's also about Vago, a golem who has no idea who he is. ALSO, it's about Bane, the mysterious leader of the Secret Police of Orokos. Lastly, it's about Finch, a fellow thief of Rail and Moa's who is tailing them to discover what they stole from his thief mistress. Overall, it's how their stories overlap and become something that affects Orokos. Orokos is an interesting city because it's plagued by the probability storms, which is a really interesting concept that I really enjoyed. When probability storms go through Orokos, they can change anything, such as taking away Rail's ability to breathe on his own. The threat of the probability storms and what they can bring is something that's always present in the story. As a story, Storm Thief is a lot more action driven than character driven, which may be a turn off for some people. For me though, that made it an interesting story. As such, I think it's a niche kind of tale, but one that works.

  • Laura Paxson
    2019-04-02 19:55

    I actually liked this book a lot which I wasnt expecting. I just can't get into adult fantasy but give me a good YA fantasy-adventure and I cant put it down. Maybe my expectations arent so high...or maybe these books are never bogged down with dense character lineages or historical back stories or geeky, hard to read character names that way their adult contemporaries are. Either way, I thought it made for a creative and interesting read.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-20 12:55

    very entertaining fun of adventure and I wonder if there is going to be a second book

  • Zahara
    2019-03-25 13:00

    Loved this book! :D it was great!

  • Tricia
    2019-03-28 15:19

    Chris Wooding never disappoints