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It’s 2038, and Tara Rivers is fourteen years old, a bit rebellious, and socially awkward. Her family has recently moved to Los Angeles from the Pacific Northwest “rogue” clusters. Tara feels alone and confused. She doesn’t have any friends here, except her cat, Xel, a sophisticated robot with artificial intelligence. The corporation where Tara’s parents work makes an offer ...more
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Published April 6th 2019 by Black Opal Books
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Ayah
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Place Inside the Storm takes place in the near future, 2038, where the word Autism has been deleted from dictionaries and published papers. Tara is a 14 years old girl who is extremely intelligent and struggles to make friendships. Her only current friend is Xel, an AI that looks like a cat. Her parents moved to LA for better job opportunities, higher salaries, and hopefully better lives for Tara and her sister. But then the corporation her parents work made them choose between inserting an ...more
Hélène Louise
3,5 stars / 5

This book was pleasant to read, rather serious in its themes but never boring.
The context was easy to grasp, a near futur, semi post-apocalyptic, semi dystopic. I just frequently wondered why the author had decided to set his story in such a near future, as such scientifically advanced technologies could never be developed in two decades from now on, especially during such dire times!
(Still, the robot-cat was great, not funny but realistic and clever).

One of the strong points was t
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krista foerster
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5

This book caught my eye while perusing the “Read Now” options on my newly-acquired NetGalley account. Since I am constantly seeking new voices in my literary pursuits, I embraced the chance to get to know a neurodivergent character.

What I liked: Tara, though thrust into a really trash situation, manages not to completely break down immediately, as I imagine I would have in her place. Tara’s logic, resourcefulness, and determination shine. She doesn’t always know what to do in social situatio
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Jypsy
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
As dystopian stories go, The Place Inside the Storm is an average read. The plot is intriguing. The characters are likeable. Overall, however, something is missing. Perhaps the story line could have been tighter and the characters more substantial. Overall an okay read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Rachel Thyssen
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mariel
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Place Inside the Storm is a YA, sci-fi novel mature and entertaining enough for readers of all ages. The voice was authentic, Tara genuinely endearing, and the plot exciting with twists and turns that remained believable. The world, not so far off from our own, was established well and remained consistent, catching my attention immediately.

Storm had an excellent balance of conflict and resting moments. I wasn’t sure when the action would come next but I was never exhausted by it, or bored w
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With the topic of early biomarkers and pre-natal testing popping up more often in autism research, the topic of the erasure and alteration of neurodiverse minds seems both ideal as a concept within a dystopian future and realistic possibility of something which could happen. In 'The Place Inside The Storm', the reader follows Tara Rivers and the journey she undertakes after learning that her parents intend to give the go-ahead for an implant (created by The Corporation) to be put in her brain th ...more
Ana
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit simplistic, but full of heart. I would definitely recommend it to older kids and tweens.

The worldbuilding is no more faulty than in a lot of books recommended and enjoyed by that age range, and it sends a really unambiguous message that being autistic (and its associated traits) is not something to be fixed or corrected. That it can be valued, celebrated, and worked into everyday life. The entire plot and emotional arc of the book is based in the autistic main character's self-determinati
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Seraphia
The Place Inside is a YA science fiction novel about a young girl on the run. Tara is mildly autistic, socially awkward and prefers her computers to interacting with others. When her mother takes her in for a “check-up” Tara goes on the run when she learns the truth behind the doctors wanting to see her. Her activities have been monitored and they view her as a problem and want to take care of it. Tara makes a snap decision to go on the run. Her journey won’t be an easy one, but she’ll learn qui ...more
Jennifer Yoder
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Futuristic story filled with current issues

Tara is a 14 year girl in the year 2038 who is dealing with the adjustment of her family's move to a new section of the country. Tara is not comfortable in social situations, making the new home and her new school even more difficult. She does have one big comfort in her live, though: her AI cat named Xel.

When Tara overhears a conversation between her parents and a new doctor where they discuss implanting a device in her brain to make her more social, s
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Sunyi Dean
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of this book some time ago in exchange for an honest review.

I don't typically read much YA but I genuinely found it a very engaging YA dystopian with a brilliant (and nuanced) neurodiverse character.

Winding down my Netgalley reviews for the next couple of months but I didn't want to leave a blank review for this one!
Amanda Waters
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inside the Storm is a thoughtful book about a complex, sensitive issue. While one could say that the story is about autism, in reality it's an engaging, heartfelt, adventure story that explores questions of identity, family, community , and what "normal" really means. The near-future dystopian setting feels hauntingly realistic, and the character arcs are well-done and satisfying.
Teresa
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Place Inside The Storm
Author: Bradley W. Wright
Publisher: Black Opal Books
ISBN: B07MMFJSN9
Buy Link: http://www.bradleywwright.com/#
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
It’s 2038, and Tara Rivers is fourteen years old, a bit rebellious, and socially awkward. Her family has recently moved to Los Angeles from the Pacific Northwest “rogue” clusters. Tara feels alone and confused. She doesn’t have any friends here, except her cat, Xel, a sophisticated robot with artificial intelligence. Th
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Catherine
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. Before I started reading it I wasn't sure if I would like it. There are a lot of ups and downs, with suspense and risk-taking, along with normal teenage things like crushes. This is about the underdog overcoming.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have read this book if I hadn't been choose to review it, but I'm so glad I did. I really think most anybody will enjoy this book.
CJ Smith
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plucky and affirming. As another review says, even just the robot cat was worth it.
Bogi Takács
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I am a writer and educational technology professional. I grew up in Seattle but have been slowly migrating southward with stops in Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, and now Los Angeles where I live with my family. My first book Old Gold Mountain was released in March of 2018. My second novel The Place Inside the Storm will be out in April 2019.

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