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Eye of the Storm

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  1,198 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
In the not-too-distant future, huge tornadoes and monster storms are a part of everyday life. Sent to spend the summer in the heart of storm country with her father in the special StormSafe community his company has developed, Jaden Meggs is excited to reconnect with her dad after he spent years researching storm technology in Russia. She’ll also be attending the exclusive ...more
304 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Walker (first published February 28th 2012)
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This is going to be on my "recommend right away" list for my students in the fall. A great mix of mystery, adventure, and science fiction. Fabulous!

Set in the "not too distant" future, Eye of the Storm captures a world where climate change has completely altered the landscape. Immense storms sweep through everywhere, altering life as we've known it. Jaden is sent to live with her father in StormSafe community to attend a cutting edge science camp when she uncovers secrets her father is hiding ab
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
Eye of the Storm is an older middle grade dystopian novel. It follows in the recent trend of dystopian novels with a basis in science. Which makes me smile happily every time.

In the not so distance future due to climate change, tornados have become the greatest threat to mankind. Formerly regulated tornado alley in the Midwest, they're everywhere now. The storms have gotten so bad that their are roadside shelters along every Interstate, students are homeschooled via computers and playing outsid
Jillian Heise
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

This is my first Kate Messner book and I hope to read many more! I've known her through twitter (she's also a middle school teacher) and now that I know her as an author I'm even more excited. I loved this story full of suspense and great characters. It was exciting and engaging and informative and entertaining and scary and hopeful. Jaden is a kick-butt girl who is smart and strong, and only gets more confident throughout the events of thi
Eye of the Storm is a futuristic thriller about weather! If you had told me I would like a book about weather, I would have said, "You're crazy!" but this IS a book about wild tornadoes set sometime in the future, and I didn't want to put it down. A great read aloud choice too!
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*Summary: Jaden lives in the not too distant future where tornadoes have intensified and are a constant threat. Jaden's father is the head of a corporation that studies tornadoes and that built a StormSafe neighborhood where the storms cannot get in. Jaden's father has not been too active in her life for the last couple of years, but when she is invited to visit him and attend a world-renowned science camp in a neighborhood that doesn't get to
Leigh Collazo
Jan 31, 2015 Leigh Collazo rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011, slj
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WHAT I LIKED: Eye of the Storm started out promising. Jaden is a young girl--a very smart girl, bonus!--who goes to live with her dad after he has been studying storm development in Russia for years. He has a new wife and baby daughter, neither of whom Jaden has met before (cue adolescent angst). Jaden attends science camp, and quickly befriends Risha and falls in like with Alex. All this against a backdrop of killer tornadoes and sinister science,
Linda Lakshminaryanan
This book, one that I was lucky enough to win from a Goodreads give away, came just in time for the start of our school break and it is a good thing it did because I would surely have been late for work when the excitement grew to hefty for me to stop reading for something as mundane as classes to teach. Having read Kate Messner's Sugar and Ice, I was expecting a sweet, good book about nice kids with moderate issues. In short, I did not expect to be blown away.

But I was blown away by how the exc
Barb Middleton
May 10, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, dystopia
Tornadoes can be fascinating... and frightening. Usually, there is an eerie calmness before the sky turns a greenish hue and blackens. A stinging wind stirs the air with dead leaves and dirt before sirens wail. Panicked, you scramble indoors to safety.

Now, close your eyes and imagine a future where tornadoes occur so frequently that you can't even ride a bike outdoors. Or go on a hike. Or feel the wind on your face as you swing. Instead, you live in concrete bunkers or underground where it is sa
Anne Broyles
Mar 30, 2012 Anne Broyles rated it it was amazing
This fast-moving book will appeal equally to boys and girls, science nerds and kids who haste science but care about the environment. Jaden Meggs lives in a future that seems probable given the climate change that is already happening. Big storms like Hurricane Katrina have changed not only the physical landscape, but in Jaden’s world, the way life is lived. Jayden goes to spend the summer with her father, a world-famous storm expert who has designed and is profiting from a storm-proof community ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
Pity the science geeks, the math geeks, and other kids that love a ripping yarn with a grounding in something other than fantasy. When I troll the shelves of the children’s room in my local library it’s just a sea of realistic non-sciencey fiction or tales too outlandish to play with any real world concepts in a satisfying way. The designation “science fiction” often just means that the book is set in the future or contains aliens. There’s not going to be a ton of real science involved. Enter, o ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this last night ... and it was a nail biter!

As a fan of dystopian fic I'm glad to see a newer one that we could put in the elementary library. I would say later fourth grade or fifth ... there is just a TAD (only a tad) of romance so I don't think it's a third grade book.

And the kiddos probably would need a reminder that some of what is portrayed in the book is not possible. Yet. (And hopefully never!)

But I like how it incorporates students who are proficient in science (both girls
Jeff Raymond
At this point, I think I consider myself a Kate Messner fan.

This is a sci-fi book that takes place in a future where superstorms are the norm, and the government is trying to figure out a way to stop them. The kids in the book are part of a camp that study these storms, and the main character's father is up in the hierarchy. Of course, the kids do uncover something rather sinister, and they take it upon themselves to stop it.

It's a fun, surprising read, and something that's not always well cover
Rereading as a classroom read aloud, November-December, 2012.

Review appears on the TMCE Guys Read blog:
Anna Lee
It seems everywhere you turn, there's a YA book about the impending, terrible future. This books takes on climate change and genetically modified fruit. The main characters deal with extreme tornadoes to the point that the scale has to be increased and a corporation called StormSafe has gained government approval to research and test weather manipulation in order to dissipate the storms. But is that all they are doing?

Not the most interesting read, and definitely not the best of the SCJBA nomin
Dec 09, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing
The kind of book that will make you gasp, gasp, and gasp again.
Lisa Calvert
Jun 22, 2014 Lisa Calvert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-2015
Smart lead, fast action, believable premise. Loved it!
Carol Royce Owen
Aug 26, 2012 Carol Royce Owen rated it it was amazing
It's 2050 and global warming has caused monster storms to pop up all over, to the point that it's not safe to do everyday activities like ride your bike, go to public events such as concerts or dances, or ever be caught far from a safe room. Everyone carries a DataSlate so they have instant notice of a storm moving into the area. Jaden has just come to spend her summer with her dad in Oklahoma, an area that has many more storms than her homestate of Vermont, but her Dad assures her that there wi ...more
Lenore Appelhans
In the near future, climate has changed in way that allows for powerful storms much more often. So often, in fact, that children no longer ride bicycles, outdoor picnics are a joy of the past, and there are storm shelters every 15 miles on the highway so no traveller is far from refuge.

Jaden’s father is a renowned meteorologist who has studied storm dissipation for years, but after the failure of his last project, has funneled his energy into Placid Meadows, a safe community in the middle of Okl
Ms. Yingling
Apr 16, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing
Jaden loves living in Vermont with her mom, a scientist who studies frogs, but when her mother needs to spend the summer in Costa Rica, she's excited to spend the summer with her father, stepmother and baby half sister in Placid Meadows, Oklamhoma. This is a community that her father's company, StormSafe, has created in a world that is constantly rocked by tornadoes and hurricanes. At a vague point in the future, the weather has become so bad that children no longer are allowed to ride their bik ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Feb 16, 2012 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Middle grade dystopias are generally much lighter fare, not just in reading level. They tend to be less violent, less terrifying. Eye of the Storm definitely fits this mold, but is no less interesting for that. Don't think it's too sweet and fluffy; there are definitely a couple of intense scenes.

Jaden's father is the worst. I mean, seriously. He doesn't seem to make an effort with his family (either Jaden or his new wife and baby) at all. Whenever he has a bad day at work, which seems to be a l

Middle-grade book with a female protagonist who loves science and is ENCOURAGED in her scientific pursuits!

Futuristic (though not too long in the future - someone my age now (24) would be a grandma in this book - about 40 years) dystopia where climate change has really become a big problem, especially in the past few years, and huge storms/tornadoes happen at least every day. No one is really safe going outside much anymore, so everyone has moved inside and pretty
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
With it's blend of science, intelligent kids, mystery and set in a dystopian world, Eye of the Storm makes for an exciting read for both older middle grade readers and older fans of MG books. Kate Messner does a fabulous job at creating a not so distant feature were the characters not only genetically engineer their food, but they control the weather and live in communities that are safe havens for the increasingly strong storms, unlike what we see in our day. Kate's blend of science with her dy ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2112, middle-ya
This is a different look at Kate Messner's writing history, a novel set in the future where the world holds huge thunderstorms and tornadoes. These storms have forced most to move into safe areas with managed weather, but a few rebels hold out, trying desperately to keep their land. I love that there is a female protagonist, Jaden. She is the daughter of a scientist who runs this laboratory and who manages the storms using satellite power.

Jaden, on this her first visit with her father for a lo
Steph Su
Kate Messner is a queen when it comes to middle-grade contemporary literature, but her take on MG dystopian does not disappoint. EYE OF THE STORM is a relevant story that contains the meticulous research and believable characters that are trademarks of Messner’s writing.

It’s hard to read EYE OF THE STORM today and not think of the frightening tornadoes that have recently hit the US. It makes the premise all the more believable, the book all the more a great read for kids. Messner blends meteorol
Mary Ann
Mar 08, 2012 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
With an eye for exciting detail and suspense, Messner creates a dystopian thriller for middle grade readers. In the near future, out-of-control weather threatens everyday life. Monster storms and huge tornadoes rip through communities, forcing people to hide in safe rooms beneath ground. Thirteen-year-old Jaden Meggs is fascinated by the science behind these storms, and is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps figuring out ways to dissipate these life-threatening storms. Jaden is excite ...more
Sharon Looby
Jun 14, 2012 Sharon Looby rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. This book could definitely be captivating to 4th graders thru 8 th graders. Set in the not so distant future, it reveals some very strong characters that deal with the reality of friendships, and family and doing the right thing. For the science lovers, this book will not disappoint as the setting is in a time when the weather has warmed so much that there is constant tornadoes. Jaden, risha and Alex are very bright teenagers that are attending a camp where they can put ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
"In the not-too-distant future, huge tornadoes and monster storms are a part of everyday life. Sent to spend the summer in the heart of storm country with her father in the special StormSafe community his company has developed, Jaden Meggs is excited to reconnect with her dad after he spent years researching storm technology in Russia. She’ll also be attending the exclusive summer science camp, Eye On Tomorrow, that her dad founded. There, Jaden meets Alex, a boy whose passion for science matche ...more
Christopher Spinosa
Jun 05, 2014 Christopher Spinosa rated it really liked it
This book was really good, and might even be the new "Divergent" or "Hunger Games," due to its action and suspense. This book is a great mixture of mystery and adventure. I like the very calm and peaceful setting, and how the authors change the setting so quickly, such as when a tornado were to come. I love how the characters fit well, and seem to solve each others' puzzles. I think the setting is somewhat relatable to Louis Lowry's "The Giver," as they both have a very controlled, strict, and c ...more
I adore Kate Messner and everything she writes, so it is unsurprising I would love this one. Except this isn't like anything she's written before. The book takes place in the "not too-distant future." Storms have become monstrous. Jaden's dad studies storms. She has gone to spend the summer at a community he has created where people are safe from storms and study them at the same time. At the camp Jaden makes two friends and together they begin to try and figure out where these storms are coming ...more
Genevieve Heinrich
Jul 24, 2013 Genevieve Heinrich rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids who love science, especially weather
What a great YA novel! I wasn't even aware that hard sci fi for kids existed, and I would never have picked this up off the shelf. Luckily for me, my son did - and handed it to me as soon as he was finished, saying I *had* to read it. I thought I was just indulging him, but he was right! I was quite pleasantly surprised, and thrilled that something like this exists for all of the science geek kids out there. It was fun, engaging, well-paced, and a great mix of emotion and action. It was, at time ...more
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Kate Messner is an award-winning author, TED 2012 speaker, and former middle school English teacher. Her books for kids include THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.,SUGAR AND ICE, and EYE OF THE STORM (Walker/Bloomsbury Dec. 2010) the MARTY MCGUIRE series (Scholastic), SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY, and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW (Chronicle, Books). Kate also wrote SPITFIRE and CHAMPLAIN AND THE SILENT ONE, bot ...more
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