The Place Inside the Storm

"The Place Inside the Storm is a fun, fast-paced YA adventure following a brave teenage girl escaping to safety in the PacNW cluster. The book appeals to the weird in all of us, not only for its shining moral about acceptance but also for its unlikely heroes. Tune into this book even if only for Xel, the most badass robot cat in YA fiction. Author Bradley W. Wright sets us up for one hell of a ride with his premise. As Tara, Loki, and Xel begin their escape to the PacNW cluster, the reader foresees a book full of action, obstacles, growth, and plenty to pay attention to. Mix all that with easy-to-read language and clear images, and you've got yourself the makings of a pretty damn good page-turner. The Place Inside the Storm is an enjoyable, light read with plenty of action. If you're in the mood for a unique dystopian future and a badass robot cat, this book is for you." -Independent Book Review

"I fell in love with this book. Not only is it a little out of what I'm used to, but the pace is lovely. I wanted a change and I'm glad this book is what I chose." -Adrianna A. via NetGalley

"I've honestly never read a book with a main character who's so much like me. And I know not everyone cares about representation in fiction, but I do. I don't always want to be inside of the head of someone I don't fully understand. I did understand Tara, and that was nice for a change." -Graceful Goddess Book Blog

"I really loved the amount of emotion and well written characters embedded in the storyline. The plot itself is very unique, but the characterization stood out the most. Tara’s voice is so unique, and powerful that it could carry the entire weight of what makes this book so good!" -DystopianCitzn Book Blog

"Alongside the physical journey that Tara undertakes, there is a co-running emotional journey that Tara makes towards understanding and accepting herself in a world that doesn’t accept people who are too different. The wrap-up of this comes through powerfully at the end of the book, even though there remains a tinge of sadness to it." -Books on Autism

It’s 2038. Tara Rivers is fourteen years old, socially awkward, and a bit rebellious. 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. She knows she should try to make friends but the social rules other kids seem to understand without thinking don’t come to her as easily. Without warning, the corporation where Tara’s parents work makes an offer they can’t refuse. They tell Tara’s parents she is autistic. They want to put an implant in Tara’s brain to ‘cure’ her autism so she can fit in with the corporate culture. If her parents refuse, their jobs will be in jeopardy. Tara overhears her parents speaking with the doctors and decides to run away with Xel. She plans to head back to the Pacific Northwest and her grandmother, but first she must escape Los Angeles and the corporation—with all their high-tech locating devices—dodge street gangs and wild dogs, and traverse an unknown wilderness full of unimaginable dangers. Will she ever find a place where she is accepted for who and what she is, or is she doomed to be an outcast from society forever?