Basically, Storm is The Day of the Triffids in the world of today. Now Pemberwick Island, the place our four heroes escaped from where Captain Benjamin Granger, now dead, seems like it would've been better off staying. Maybe. Either way, the United States has turned upside down, perhaps the whole world but they are not sure yet and kind of hope not. Electricity has gone out and the only lead seems to be from a weak radio signal across the hospitals of America which their new friend Jon helps them out with - and from survivors of the attack, surviving in a very clever and original way, kudos to Mr. MacHale for that, who are confused and perhaps just want to see if they can survive. Think about this too. Now that the power's out, food across the world is rotting, and I was worried this was gonna end up being another Scorch Trials or Fugitive X. It isn't. Thank goodness. It's quite a wild book, a cross country of a book if you can say that. In the end though, how will this war turn out? And who should Tucker and his posse actually trust? The weird survivors, the United States Army who seemed to wipe out a large chunk of the population, or the people they escaped from in the first place?
So, your main question might be, 'Is this book going to get me or my kid into reading? Is it a fast page turner? Easy to read? Occasionally funny?' Yes, all of the above is completely true. Almost every book I've ever read where the first day, I read the first ninety pages, earns a big thumbs up from me. And I knew that I would recommend this book for most of the pages. Then about halfway through, something happened that brought down my enthusiasm and I took a little break from this book for two days to start Itch Rocks. It all mostly - actually, completely - involves our narrator Tucker going against his word and spending too much time getting on Tori's nerves that it almost seemed intentional. And sometimes the characters go along with certain advice as if they forgot the horrors they endured on Pemberwick Island in the last book. Tucker talks about this betrayal element so bluntly and idiotically that I couldn't really side with him for a big portion of the book, even though he does have some great ideas and so does everyone else on the team.
Fortunately, apart from that one scene - the book never dives into full on F material and always redeems itself somehow, mostly because every chapter cliffhanger promises something unforgettable and it never psyches you out and tries to hypnotize you into reading another twenty pages before you realize you wasted thirty minutes of your life. Unlike quite a few other books I've read recently. Something else is that I may disagree with some of Tucker's passions, them being a bit uneven, but a lot of the advice he gives makes sense. Another thing this movie is very effective in is it's tragic notes. Sometimes there are so many revivals that it seems like D.J. MacHale changed his mind for a few things in SYLO - after publication. But most of it is still unpredictable. As for another ending that is probably capable of some big controversy, it is exciting, tragic and weird all at once and got me intrigued to read the final instalment, STRIKE. I just have more to read right now.
In conclusion, STORM is another D.J. MacHale rollercoaster, but in terms of balance compared with SYLO, STORM is a wooden one and SYLO is a giga one. It still however, is funny, thrilling and explosive enough to make it bookshelf worthy.