The Stormchasers

The Stormchasers

by Jenna Blum

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Overview

The author of the runaway New York Times bestseller Those Who Save Us returns with a powerful novel about twins who must confront a dark secret from their past.

Jenna Blum's debut novel became a grassroots sensation and was a New York Times bestseller for more than a year. In this emotional and provocative new novel, Blum asks the question: How far would you go to protect a sibling-and at what cost to yourself?

As a teenager, Karena Jorge has always taken care of her twin brother, Charles. Obsessed with severe weather, Charles, who suffers from bipolar disorder, begins chasing storms. Refusing to take his medication, Charles soon involves them both in a terrifying tornado chase-with deadly consequences.

Now, two decades later, Karena must find her long-estranged brother before he reveals the dark secret from their past or hurts himself-or someone else. But there is only one way to find him: the storms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410429933
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 621
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jenna Blum is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Those Who Save Us. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts, and teaches creative writing.

What People are Saying About This

Reed Timmer

“Jenna Blum's novel, The Stormchasers, is an emotional rollercoaster of a story, the constant being Jenna's incredible descriptions of the beauty and awe of the most powerful natural force. The parallels Jenna draws between tornadoes and the human condition is genius and makes for a must-read novel.”--(Reed Timmer, star of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers.)

Stephanie Kallos

“The outer landscape of Tornado Alley and the inner terrain of sibling devotion are brought vividly to life in Jenna Blum's new novel, a powerful story that reminds us that love is always a pursuit - one that demands, over and over again, that we put ourselves in harm's way.”--(Stephanie Kallos, author of Broken for You and Sing Them Home)

Amanda Eyre Ward

"I could not put down Jenna Blum's tornado of a novel about the secrets we keep from even those we love the most. Her heroine, Karena, is a fearless and fascinating companion on one hell of a ride."--(Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost and Love Stories in this Town)

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The Stormchasers 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Amysmithers More than 1 year ago
This book was so bad I did not even finish it. when I say bad I mean that the story was ridiculous and the characters were emotional twits. This book was a big disappointment to me after reading "those who save us". I expected a more mature read from this author.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a brother and sister that are twins, Karena and Charles. Charles suffers from rapid cycling bipolar disorder. They have not seen each other for 20 years when Karena receives a call from a mental hospital in Kansas telling her they have admitted her brother. She rushes to the hospital only to learn that he had been released and the doctor there knew nothing about his bipolar disorder. Charles has always been obsessed with tornadoes, even when they were children. He has been taking off and chasing storms his whole life. He went missing after a terrible accident that occurred when he and Karena were chasing a storm. It is prime storm season and Kansas is in the part of the United States known as "Tornado Alley". If she is ever going to find her brother now is the time. She signs on with professional storm chasing tour group under the guise of her real job as a journalist writing a story about storm chasing. She hopes she will find her brother while touring with this group and get him the help her really needs. I was so psyched about this book. I loved the first part, learning about chasing the storms and the part where they actually got caught up in one and witnessed the aftermath. After that this book became very disjointed for me and a bit repetitive. It starts out in 2008, then goes back to the twins past, then back to 2008 and then ends with an epilogue in 2009 to tie everything together. Written this way the story seems to lose the natural flow, some of the relationships seem forced and not believable. The ending seems rushed and again unbelievable. It seems people either loved this book or feel like I do. This is my first Jenna Blum book and this may be her writing style and it just isn't "my cup of tea. The premise is very good and seemed well researched but I would recommend that unless you are a true fan of this author, this would be a good library pick, not one to rush out and purchase. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Plume Books, a division of Penguin Publishing . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
SilversReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Twindar," bipolar, secrets, family life, manslaughter....Birthdays and phones...two things Karena likes to forget about, but her birthday and the phone ringing off the hook with bad news both happen on the same day.The news did help in other ways, though. Karena was learning about what stormchasers do, and she was closer to finding her twin brother who she hadn't seen for twenty years since he too is a stormchaser.Karena is invited, or rather she invites herself, on a stormchasing tour in the role of newspaper woman, which she is. She meets people who knew her brother, but she didn't get good news about him. The book mainly talks about chasing storms and finding Karena's brother. It also flashes back to Charles and Karena's childhood describing what their life was like as twins and what the life was like with their "absent" parents. Love of course comes into the picture as well...brotherly and sisterly love as well as romantic love.It wasn't bad, kept your interest....4/5.
pdebolt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading her amazing debut novel, Those Who Save Us, I was eagerly anticipating this book; however, for me, it simply didn't work on several levels. I grew up in the midwest, so I well remember the havoc that tornadoes can cause. That said, I found there was way too much meterological information to sustain my interest for seemingly interminable passages. The main characters, a bi-polar, stormchasing man and his twin sister, never captured my interest. I think that Jenna Blum is an extraordinarly talented author who perhaps should have taken more time to write this second novel. Based on her first book, I will read whatever she writes, but I did find this one disappointing.
Readmuch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Storm chasing aspect is interesting, so-so for the rest.
cmeilink on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by Jenna Blum, and I really enjoyed it. Stormchasing has always fascinated me, and this book and the detail about stormchasing interwoven with the relationship between the twins, Karena and Charles, really held my interest.
Kikoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I tend to purchase books because of the cover, this one drew me. I have a gazillion books to read, but wanted to inject this book before going back to the other stack of books. I have to say, I was disappointed. Karena's dealing with her brothers bipolar issues was very touching for me, as I have a friend who gets up every day to face this. I was well into the book and everyone is chasing storms and all at once they are not and we get into another pace. These changing tempo's with no preparation were to me off putting. I just finished and will pass it on. Hopefully the next book I read grabs me and takes me somewhere....
marcejewels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed learning about Stormchasers and getting a glimpse into the life of someone with Bipolar disease. This was a good story and written well, my issue is it was just a story..... it wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I expected more highs and lows with the rush of the storms and some emotional touching dramatic times with siblings dealing with Bipolar but it never got intense and I needed that.Another style issue I had is the Chapter flow. We started in present for Part 1 then into the past with the siblings then back to the present when the siblings reunited. This is not a style I like because it ruins the flow for me, I wanted more present and had to wait but then wasn't really interested in the past. I would have appreciated glimpses of the past throughout the story more than this style.What I did love, the characters. Karena was a great character, I enjoyed her, felt she was real and the twindar feelings for her twin brother Charles was totally believable and wonderful. The man she met, Kevin, was also a good feeling character and liked them together. Something about Charles was missing for me, maybe I just wanted to feel and understand the Bipolar part more.
karenlisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Stormchasers By Jenna Blum Karena is a writer in Minnesota. She is a bright smart 30 ish independent woman recently divorced. Karena has not seen or heard from her twin brother Charles in 20 years. They were very close as children in spite of the fact that Charles exhibited bipolar disease at a young age and Karena continually took care of him and deeply loved him despite his erratic and sometimes violent behavior. Karena is set on finding Charles and helping him manage his mental issues. Charles's obsession is stormchasing and chasing tornado's in this part of the country is an interesting hobby if not lifestyle. This story is unique regarding the twin relationship and that of stormchasing (think movie Twister). The writing starts out very strong but unfortunately falters with a cliched romance and a rush to the end finale. It was an okay and easy read but nothing like the authors first novel Those Who Save Us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this after devouring Jenna Blum's first book, "Those Who Save Us. " This book was just as mesmerizing and hard to put down. Great characters and story about the relationship between twins; one who is bipolar. I wish there were more books by Blum!
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I loved Jenna Blum's first novel, For Those We Saved", so I looked forward to reading her second novel. Liked it but wasn't the same caliber as her first book. The characters were interesting but kind of shallow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not as gripping as Those Who Save Us, Stormchasers was a well written novel with excellant characters and a believable plot. Enjoyed it immensely!
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Merritt smith More than 1 year ago
I wish she had a whole library filled with books. I love her style and her stories. Excellent!
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
The Stromchasers has been in my TBR pile for a while. However, recently I decided to give it a chance, and boy, was I surprised at the final product, because not only was it fully unique and enthralling, but it presents a complex sibling bond- one that I have never quite seen before. The Stromchasers opens up the day of Karena Jorge's birthday. For Karena, birthdays have never been the cheeriest time of the year, not only because of the fact she's getting older, but because she's reminded of what she lost all those years ago- her twin brother Charles. However, this birthday is different, because with one single phone call, Karena knows the location of her brother for the first time in years, and it seems he wants her to come after him. With this, she leaves and begins a path like no other- one filled with deadly storms, figuratively and metaphorically, a possible chance at love and redemption, and the chance to make everything good again with her brother. However, what happens when a problem of the past comes into view again? Will it leave Charles and Karena farther apart than ever before, or will it bring them closer together? Only time and more pages can tell in this fascinating tale of twins, love, and disease in their best and worse. With The Stromchasers came several memorable aspects and one of those was the characters. Complex, interesting, and distinctive, Jenna presented each in a notable way. However, the most interesting out of then would have to be Karena and Charles, not only because of their fascinating bound, but because these two were the ones who had so much to gain as well as loss. With Karena and Charles also came feelings that continually rocketed over the page, making the reader feel for them, even when they were not exactly likable. Furthermore, the plot in this was also absorbing. I enjoyed the focus on storm chasers, because not only is what they do thought-provoking and dangerous, but it also lead to many thrilling moments in the book, as storms truly represented the trouble that had plagued the characters over their lives with the beauty and the horror. It was interesting and I loved every moment of it. The romanced subplot between Karena and Kevin was also a high point, because it lead to Karena to find yet another missing puzzle piece of her life. Better yet, as I mentioned before, I loved the focus on siblings and the bonds between them in this, and with the fact that Charles was bipolar made it even more interesting. Lastly, Jenna Blum's writing reached the amount of wealth the characters and storylines had. Truly, she did such a fantastic job of getting the emotions of the characters down and with making the bipolar aspects of Charles's character real and relatable. Better yet, I loved the ending she gave. It was not picture perfect, instead it left off in a place where it could really go any which way and I loved that because life isn't picture perfect. Beguiling, unique, and startling, Jenna Blum's The Stormchasers is one novel you simply cannot miss! Making things even better, it is now available in paperback! Grade: A-
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anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Karena Jorge, a reporter celebrating her 38th birthday. It's on her birthday; she can't help but admit her feelings of emptiness as she longs to be with her twin brother, Charles. She hasn't seen her twin in more than a decade and has no idea where he is. As she blows out the candles on her birthday cake, it's no wonder she wishes to reconnect with him. Later that night, Karena believes her wish came true when a hospital calls looking for Charles next of kin. She takes off in hopes of finally reconnecting with Charles, her storm chasing twin who suffers from bipolar disorder. Sadly, he has left the hospital before she gets there. Having missed him once again she decides to follow 'his' work by taking a storm chasing tour in hopes of finding him. As Karena sets off on her odyssey to bring him home, she is forced to confront the storm that separated the twins and she realizes she must go through the storm if she ever wants to find the rainbow that awaits her on the other side. I personally loved reading all the information about storms and how the storm cashers go after them. I one of those people who when the tornado sirens go off.I run outside to see if I can anything. I felt this first part of the book gave a lot of story, but I really didn't feel any real connection to the story. I didn't really get the why Karena was so determined to find her brother (I mean yes; he has a disorder and wants to see him safe). When I hit part two of the story I was hooked. Part two takes you into the twins past. I really understood Karena on a whole new level. I just was so engaged in what was going on. I felt so many emotions-moments where I was holding my breath. The story goes from a story about twins with one having bipolar and the other one being responsible for the other, to a story with a deadly situation. I was so impressed with Blums' writing causing me to feel such a range of emotions. Part three is back to present day. I felt like I was waiting for a storm to blow-up, and Blum delivered! Karena has spent the last twenty years of her life running from a storm so big, so intense.and it's finally come for her. A gripping novel bringing a face to bipolar and showed how an entire family is impacted over a lifetime when one member is diagnosed with it. For me, I found I enjoyed the book the more and more I read. It was really in the second half where I could connect to Karena and that was a huge turning point for me. I loved the range of emotions the three main characters go through even though we only see them through Karena's perspective. For me, The Stormchasers is a novel you read and then take the time to savor. Definitely a great read and I will be looking forward to reading more by Jenna Blum!
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Regis_Schilken More than 1 year ago
The Storm Chasers by Jenna Blum In an attempt to locate her manic brother whom she has not seen for twenty years, Karena joins a Storm Chasers Club. Members of one of this unique group loves storms, any storms, but in particular, tornadoes. When storm conditions appear imminent on computer screens and via the news media indicating that opposing wind patterns might develop into their cyclic tornado funnels, thrill-seeking storm chasers hunt down these damaging, often life-taking, twisters. Karena, however, is not a genuine club member. She has tagged along with the Storm Chasers because her brother, Charles, had always loved the horrific storms. Rather than search for him in any normal way, Karena knows Charles is out there somewhere in "tornado alley" because as a child, he could not get enough of the dramatic twisters. He had studied them through library books, pictures, and most recently, through dramatic television footage and his computer. Karena's brother Charles is a wanderer. He has no real home or purpose. He more or less lives out of his automobile in any place flat and conducive to the vertical intersection between two dynamic wind masses. He eats what he is offered, and during the months when tornadoes are not so active, Charles takes simple jobs to earn enough for gas mileage and lodging. During early childhood, Karena felt responsible for Charles. Why? Charles is her twin. Karena wonders why she is not an afflicted manic like her brother; afterall, they shared the same embryonic sac for precisely the same amount of time. Still, she has some symptoms of daily melancholia: bouts of depression each day during the time when daylight is resolving thru dusk. Karena has always taken care of her brother. Sister and brother share a deadly secret. Twenty years ago during one of Charles' automobile rides into the savagery of a storm, he drives wildly to keep up with the cycling winds. His sister immediately recognizes his manic high but does nothing to control it. Unintentionally, a lone cyclist thuds into the side of their car, loses control of his bike, and is sliced along the ground as if against coarse sand paper to his death. Karena tricks her brother into committing himself into a mental facility, fearful about his moods and seeking her own freedom. Why does Karena seek to find Charles after twenty years? Does she feel pent up guilt after twenty years? Is she equally responsible for the savage accident after twenty years? And, if she does find her twin, is it too late to undo their lawful punishment for leaving the scene of such a deadly accident twenty years ago? I would highly recommend The Storm Chasers for several reasons. Jenna Blum has already proven her innate ability to write. Her first book, Those Who Save Us, is a 5-star treasure which I've never forgotten. This second book of Blum's shows an enormous understanding of what it means to be manic, and what it means to become truly emotionally involved with a manic kin. The characters in this book are well developed, particularly Charles' and Karena's who at one and the same time love one another, yet can never share whatever the chemical imbalance that tips the scale to set off a psychotic incident for Charles. This is a book for everyone. You will ride inside the storm of emotional tornadoes and the ghastly wrath of the real tornadoes seeking to tear you asunder. Read it-it surely will not disappoint.