11 October 2014

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

About the Book
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The Time of Sorrows is long past. The future of Selah and her people is shrouded in mystery.

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.

I am a big fan of young adult dystopian novels. I just love reading books that present new societies full of unique quirks and problems, so I was glad to pick up Bonnie S. Calhoun’s Thunder. What an adventure. On the day she becomes an adult, Selah Chavez’s life experiences a major unexpected change and she quickly finds herself on an intriguing coming-of-age journey. Calhoun constructs her story well and I couldn’t put it down – I had to keep reading in hopes of finding the answers to my many questions regarding the workings of Selah’s world. Though the many changes in perspectives had me confused and overwhelmed at times, Thunder is an overall wonderful, engaging read with fascinating characters and a riveting plot. I can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series.

Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a copy of Thunder and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
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.

To see an exclusive video trailer and to get more information on the Stone Braide Chronicles, go to www.BonnieSCalhoun.com.

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Don’t forget to check out the prequel to Thunder, “Tremors.” Free on Amazon, this novella offers a great introduction to the series, covering a day or two before Thunder starts. It definitely peaked my interest for reading Thunder, as it gives information without answering a lot of questions.

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