It's also the name of the ambitious organization formed by the story's three brainiac kids: Will, the loner, inventive genius, and creator of cutting-edge gadgets; Andrew, the software whiz-kid, millionaire, and fashion disaster; Gaia, the brilliant and mysterious teen chemist, fluent in French, Italian, Mandarin, and blowing stuff up.
Will first scoffs at STORM's grand plans to combat global strife. But when the group uncovers a plot to create a deadly revolutionary weapon, the three race from England to Russia, determined not only to find and dismantle the weapon, but to confront the psychopathic scientist behind it all.
©2007 Emma Young; (P)2008 Penguin
I loved this book, but was initially disappointed that an American was chosen to narrate a story written by an Australian and set entirely in Europe. He pulled it off and I'm duly impressed.
Kids of all ages who like hard science will enjoy this story of how Will, Gaia, and Andrew set out to save the world. There are no dragons or elves or magic of any sort. The author takes great pains to include the sources for Will's scientific equipment in the back of the printed books.
This first book in what is turning out to be an excellent series (the fourth book is due out in August) is a great book for the kind of person who might once have read Tom Swift or something of that sort. It is also appropriate for fans of the Alex Rider series, without being quite as dark. Recommended for anyone aged 10 and up.
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