Book Review — Lucy Christopher’s “Storm-wake”

For those seeking a modern-day young-adult novel with strong parallels to William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, you could certainly do worse than Lucy Christopher’s young-adult novel Storm-wake. In it, we meet Moss, an adolescent girl who is living on an un-named and mysterious island with “Pa”. The unrevealed backdrop is an apparently post-apocalyptic world in which they believe themselves to be the only people left alive after a cataclysmic flood destroyed the world. Indeed, later in the story, Pa mutters half-remembered fragments of the Biblical story of Noah’s ark — but enough…