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Eye of the Storm

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,568 ratings  ·  241 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
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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
Feb 16, 2012 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
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
Leigh Collazo
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
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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,
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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
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
Jillian Heise
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Barb Middleton
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia, mystery
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
Mar 30, 2012 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
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:
Lisa Calvert
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-2015
Smart lead, fast action, believable premise. Loved it!
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars- This is an action-packed, suspenseful futuristic middle grade fiction book where monster storms with tornadoes ravage the entire world.

There is an obvious political agenda with regards to climate change, which is warranted, but there are a few sentences in the book that take it entirely too far and should have been left out of a book geared for kids.

The family dynamics are EXTREMELY dysfunctional and there is some romance between the kids with an innocent kiss thrown in. Overall, I e
Kathy Mathey
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots of science, suspense, and smart kids ~ loved this one.
Kim Bahr
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely a 4.5! Loved the science and intensity of the story. Strong, curious characters.
Ms. Yingling
Apr 16, 2012 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
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

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
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
Carol Royce Owen
Aug 26, 2012 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
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-ya, read-2112
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
Mary Ann
Dec 19, 2011 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 11, 2012 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
Dec 29, 2012 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 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
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
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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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