Storm-Wake by Lucy Christopher


Moss has grown up on the strangest and most magical of islands. Her father has a plan to control the tempestuous weather that wracks the shores. But the island seems to have a plan of its own once Callan -- a wild boy her age -- appears on its beaches. Her complex feelings for Callan shift with every tide, while her love for the island, and her father, are thrown into doubt...And when one fateful day, a young man from the outside world washes up ...

Details Storm-Wake

Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherChicken House
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Fiction

Reviews Storm-Wake

  • Kathy Cunningham
    Lucy Christopher’s STORM-WAKE is a mystical fairy tale loosely based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Most of the story is told from the perspective of Moss, a girl stranded on a magical island with a man she calls Pa. Moss is a young child when the novel begins, but she’s a teenager by the end. And in the years in between, we come to see the island and Pa through her eyes. This is a lyrical story, told in magical prose, providing little...
  • Nikki
    This is a tough one to review because I did really enjoy the writing and the story, but it a little like two stories that don’t quite fit together. The first part is the story of Moss and her dad on the magic flower island. It’s a bit more confusing and slower, but gorgeously written. I particularly loved Jess, Cal and Aster too. Three second part starts after the time jump really, and with the introduction of Finn and Tommy. I liked this in ...
  • Katherine
    This review is based on the Advanced Reader Copy lent to me by a friend. The opinions expressed in it are my own unsolicited thoughts.I had such high hopes for this book. The Tempest is one of my favorite plays, and I love re-workings of old and well-loved stories.Storm-Wake, however, was a trial to get through. The writing itself is not bad. I enjoyed its lyrical, dream-like quality for the most part. It suits the story Lucy Christopher set out ...
  • Livy
    Lucy Christopher's Stolen is one of my favorite books of all time. It's incredible. You will not be the same after reading it. (If you don't believe me, it won the Prinz award.) However, her other books have been a bit hit-or-miss for me. None of them have lived up to Stolen. Flyaway was soft and beautiful and sad. The Killing Woods was intriguing and enjoyable enough, but ultimately nothing really special.Her new book, Storm-Wake, is different f...
  • Jayme Carruthers
    @kidlitexchange #partnerThank you to the #KidLitExchange network for the review copy of Storm-Wake. All opinions are my own.Storm-Wake was a bit difficult for me. Partially, I think it was because I loved Lucy Christopher's book Stolen so, so much and so I just had hopes that were a little too high for Storm-Wake. Additionally, there just didn't seem to be a lot of flow in this novel. Parts seemed choppy and disconnected.Storm-Wake is based on Th...
  • Amelia Bailey
    I received this as an ARC through my job at Coles. I’m not into plays or classics so I didn’t really have any expectations for this book. I figured it would give me an idea of The Tempest without having to read Shakespeare. (not trying to slam him, I’m just not into it) I’ve read a lot of reviews from people who were comparing Storm-wake to The Tempest and ended up not enjoying it. However, as someone who has never read The Tempest, I rea...
  • Brenda Ayala
    Stormwake is a highly whimsical novel that throws you in to the weird island setting without any preamble. There is no introduction to explain anything—what the flowers are, who Moss is, etc. The ones that drove me nuts were the way the dialogue and action were described. It wasn’t just “shutting her eyes” it was “shutting her eyes squint-shut”.True-fastCore-deepGentle-slowCrinkle-kindQuick-fastSweet-tastySudden-scaredTingle-quickYou ...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Christopher, Lucy Storm-Wake, 320 pages. Chicken House (Scholastic), AUGUST 2018. $18. Language: PG (12 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.Moss and her Ps have lived on their secret island for more years than Moss knows. Their only companions are a horse and a dog and Cal, another odd castaway thrown up by the sea. Pa puts all of his energy into the magical flowers that bloom all over the island. Cal, though is always looking for ...
  • Jennifer Dulo
    A few weeks ago, I received my first ARC (Advanced Reviewer Copy) of a book by one of my favorite authors: Lucy Christopher. I was totally excited to read it because I absolutely loved her books Stolen and Flyaway.Storm-wake is a novel loosely based on the Shakespeare play The Tempest. The story surrounds a young girl named Moss and her father who are living on a deserted island full of magical flowers. These flowers have the ability to heal a...
  • Kavanand (Reading for Two)
    Storm-Wake is an interesting book, and it's beautifully written, but I never felt a connection to it. It's a reimagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest, and it initially stays quite close to the plot of the play. A young girl named Moss and her father, Pa, live alone on a deserted island where they were shipwrecked some years before. Pa tells Moss that floods have claimed the rest of the world and that they're safe on their island. The island is co...
  • Vera
    I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways, and I was super excited for it! I loved Stolen and The Killing Woods, so I was looking forward to a new book from Lucy Christopher. On the whole, I really liked Storm-Wake. I very much enjoy Shakespeare retellings and Shakespeare inspired stories in general, and The Tempest is such a great play to retell. I connected with the main character, Moss, and I enjoyed seeing the plot and backstory unfo...
  • Christina Reid
    3.5 stars for me! I knew that I had to read this as soon as I heard that it was inspired by The Tempest ( I love it!) and is set on a mysterious, magical island, cut off when the rest of the world was flooded. I have always enjoyed the eccentricities and oddities of island culture and have several fantastic books with an island setting.We follow a young girl called Moss, who lives on the island with her Pa and their dog, later joined by a fish-bo...
  • Amy at Golden Books Girl
    This tells the story of Moss, who lives on a secluded island with only her Pa, her dog Jess and a boy called Cal, as everything begins to change on the island after a storm brings in something very unexpected. While I mainly enjoyed the very descriptive language, I did find myself having to reread passages quite often as I was getting very confused and it did take a bit of getting used to, which is why I struggled to get into the book for a while...
  • Sarah
    I received this as an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Moss and her father live on a magical island. They use the power of the flowers to stop the world-wide flooding. Over time, things wash up on shore, like a water-horse and a fish-boy. Moss’s father warns her that the fish-boy Cal will lie to her and take her away from the island. While she can never believe that she would ever want to leave her father or the island, as ...
  • Victoria
    This is actually my second experience with Christopher’s writing. Her debut novel, Stolen, is actually a debut of a sorts for me as well – this was my first Audible listen ever! So without me doing more than skimming the premise (YA dystopian-ish novel inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest), I eagerly scooped this one up to read. And while you can see The Tempest flickering through at times – the structure, some of the characters (admitte...
  • Montserrat Flores
    Una adaptación de La Tempestad interesante. Moss es un personaje que tiene que decidir con valentía que es más importante, un sueño o la realidad. La estructura de obra teatral funciona; sin embargo, el ritmo puede ser muy lento al inicio.
  • Laura
    DNF - did nothing new to the Tempest story.ARC provided by publisher.