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Thunder by Bonnie Calhoun

About the Book:Book - Thunder
Author: Bonnie S. Calhoun
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Stone Braide Chronicles
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Dystopian

Review: In the whisper of a prequel, Tremors this world of heroine Selah Chavez was set up in a dystopian world. One in which Seleh’s 18th Birth Remembrance changes her life forever. On the eve of her 18th year, Selah captures a Lander – the forbidden race that her kind are not to associate with, only to have her catch claimed by her brothers and take the stranger – Bohdi, away from her so they can impress their father. Determined to prove her worth as a viable member of her family business, Selah puzzles over the importance of her arranged marriage to a boy she doesn’t know, but on her birthday, she awakes to find the mark of a Lander on her collarbone. Her mother, with hurried instructions and explanations, sends Selah on her way, afraid of what Selah’s father will do when he finds out his daughter is now one of the hunted. This puts Selah on a crash course that leaves her fighting for her survival – and those who haven’t been able to stand up for themselves in a very long time.

Without hesitation I can say this is one of the more interesting books I’ve had the chance to read this past year. As a story the premise is nothing if not a fascinating origin kind of novel and even more prominently important (particularly for anyone who is fond of strong characters), an interesting group of characters whom I enjoyed reading about very much. It was fantastic to meet a cast of “good guy” characters that could be cheered on and also to see the band grow not just in knowledge, but numbers as the story furthered. Unfortunately, it took me a little while to actually fully invest myself in the story since the beginning set up to be more unorganized as not in my perception. To be honest, I found myself bored in portions early on because of the hop scotch game it plays with us. We jump from Selah then Bodhi, then those with some power (and thus the doors open to the politics of the story) to lab assistants and the perspective of someone I cannot talk about lest the bigger twist be spoiled for you all. *wink* That being said, the book found a good footing quick enough and once a pattern took shape, I found myself thoroughly entertained by the people, descriptions and the overall idea of the story – ideally, its tough beginning may have just been my state of mind at the time of reading it, which was, admittedly, a tiny bit burned out with reading.

There is something eerily reminiscent to The Hunger Games in the overview of Thunder, though it’s ten times better than the aforementioned bestseller because of the respected plot. There are the scientific projects, which are explained as a direct result of the otherworldly events that created the post-apocalyptic world in which Selah lives, however there wasn’t anything else resembling the “games” that shaped Suzanne Collins works. Plus, these characters have the potential to be so much more entertaining than those in The Hunger Games. Bodhi is setting out to be a noble hero with Selah finding her way beside him, and I enjoyed the conflicted personality of her brother as a side character, who will hopefully get more page time in future installments.

If you’re a fan of the dystopian era, then do pick up Thunder. It’s an interesting world with a whole lot of room to grow – in the best kind of way.

Synopsis: In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah’s really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers–and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander’s distinctive mark has suddenly 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–Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell. – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it – in exchange for an honest review.


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