Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thunder, a Stone Braide Chronicles novel by Bonnie S. Calhoun

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

Dystopian fiction is hot these days.  But some say dystopian CHRISTIAN fiction is weak, not worth reading.  IF that's true, then allow Bonnie S. Calhoun change your mind with "Thunder: A Stone Braide Chronicles novel".

"Thunder" is powerful allegorical dystopian fiction.  When it comes to the faith element, think "Chronicles of Narnia".  When it comes to the dystopian aspect, think "Divergent".  But when it comes to the actual story, Bonnie is in a class all her own.

I fell in love with Selah when I read 'Tremors", the prequel novel.  It was there I also met the rest of the Chavez family...and immediately took a disliking to her oldest brother Raza.  Cleon, however is adorable, as is Dane.  Her mother is so loving, but pushes Selah to learn the strangest things...things which both the reader and Selah are grateful for as the book progresses.

The story is action packed.  From savage rabbits to ginormous pythons that will squeeze the life out of you, to roaming savages...the dangers are plentiful and mind-bending.  Bonnie truly shows off her creative, imaginative side.  The story is dangerous, entertaining, imaginative, and ultimately filled with hope.

Just for your own information, there is what seems to be sexual tension.  But look deeper and you'll see what I saw....two young people falling in love for the first time, with a supernatural pull mixed in.  If Selah thinks looking at Bohde makes her "tingle", don't go for the simple....I challenge you to see what I saw.

The allegory is most powerful when you see the budding romance between Bodhi and Selah as a spiritual connection that leads to love.  That's what this reader believes the tension actually is.  But come back later...and hear it from the author herself!

I received an advance copy of "Thunder, a Stone Braide Chronicles novel" from my friends at Revell Publishing.  I'm so grateful for their generosity in exchange for an honest review.  This is the best inspirational dystopian fiction I've had the privilege of reading, and I can hardly wait for the second book in this series to release.

Oh, I almost forgot..."Thunder" doesn't release until October 7, 2014.  But think of it this have something to look forward to now!

Happy Reading!



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1 comment:

Bonnie S. Calhoun said...

Thank you for hosting my book!