Sunday, October 12, 2014

{{Book Review}} Thunder by Bonnie Calhoun

The Time of Sorrows is long past.
The future of Selah and her people is shrouded in mystery.
And the clock is ticking.

Hidden in the tall grasses along a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city, a hunter crouches. It is the eve of her eighteenth Birth Remembrance and high time she proves to herself and her brothers that she can stand on her own two feet. Selah Rishon Chavez waits not for game but for one of the small boats that occasionally crash against the desolate shoreline. Because inside one of these boats she will find her quarry--a Lander.

These people from an unknown land across the ocean are highly prized by the Company and bring a good price--especially if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander whom Selah catches is stolen by her brothers, and Selah wakes the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bodhi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell in the Mountain.

With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of disturbing scientific advances, devious political conspiracy, and survival in a hostile wilderness, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a society more like our own than we may want to admit. From the tension-laced first scene to the captivating last page, Thunder is an epic journey into the heart of humankind that explores how far we are willing to go when we're pushed to the limit.

*My Review*
Thunder is the first book in the Stone Braide Chronicles.

I really enjoyed reading this dystopian  coming of age YA novel. Bonnie S. Calhoun has created an interesting and diverse new world while blending ancient ways with innovative new technology.

On Selah's eighteenth birthday, 150 years after most of the U.S had been destroyed in a nuclear attack, she finds that her life had changed radically. The challenges Selah face are not easy, She finds out that she is a Lander hybrid which now turns her into a target since Landers are hunted by humans and are then sold as slaves. Selah is joined by Bodhi who is also a Lander. During this journey learns to trust as she sets out on a perilous quest to find her real father and learn more about her origins. Along their dangerous journey they uncover shattering secrets and discover their feelings for each other.

The storyline is complex and imaginative and all characters are believable and well-developed. This book teaches lessons of forgiveness, and compassion. Anyone who has experienced any type of changes in their life should read this as I feel they would benefit from this book. This book is a must read! I really enjoyed this book.

THUNDER is a nice blend of action, adventure, suspense and a pinch of romance. A very good start into a new and compelling YA series.

Bonnie S. Calhoun loves to write, but it doesn't make her happy unless there are the three Bs: body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML and website design. Bonnie lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass. But she'd rather buy fish, ready to eat and under plastic, at the grocery store. She shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she is waitstaff.

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I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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