Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Title:  Thunder (A Stone Braide Chronicles)
Author:  Bonnie S. Calhoun                                                                      
Pages:  432
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Selah Rishon Chavez, the day before her eighteenth birth remembrance discovers a Lander, a stranger from an unknown country across the ocean.  Selah intends to capture the stranger because Landers are valuable in her world, but she discovers that her biologically father, whom she had never known about, was also a Lander.  As a child of a Lander, Selah starts to discover that she has abilities that start to awaken within her as well as certain feelings about Bodhi Locke, the stranger from across the ocean.  Selah’s brothers steal her captured stranger, which leads her to discover her own origins and the father she never knew.
Thunder is a futuristic dystopian novel that takes place 150 years after war and natural disasters have ravaged the east coast of what once was the United States of America.  Selah’s family—her brothers and her step-father—survive by capturing and selling the Landers to the descendents of the government officials that took refuge in a mountain one and a half centuries previously.  But what sinister plan does the leadership of the technologically superior mountain people have for the Landers and their special abilities?
Bonnie Calhoun brings a story of a future filled with corruption, unethical scientific experimentation, slavery, and extreme prejudicial elitism.  Yet there is hope as some characters are trying to make things right for Landers and for those normals living outside of the mountain.  In the midst of a dark future, there is still hope for a better life and a chance for people to build a new community where Landers and normals might one day live together in peace as equals.  For Selah, her world is just beginning as she finds her father, her emerging feelings for Bodhi, and the discovery of herself.  All in all, Thunder is a very good read filled with adventures, relationships, mysteries, and new hopes.  Those who read this novel will certainly look forward to book two of the Stone Braide ChroniclesLightning—coming fall 2015!

My rating is 4.5.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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