Book Review: Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles #1) by Bonnie S. Calhoun


Release date : 7th October 2014

Source: Netgalley



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

With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of scientific advances, political intrigue, and wilderness survival, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a world more like our own than we may want to admit.


The Review

I have had this book for a while and everytime I wanted to read it I get side tracked by some other book I think will be better but I really didn’t know what I was missing with this book. Sadly its another series that I fear I may not get to finish because there are just too others on my TBR list.

Anyway I digress, the plot was one I haven’t seen before, it was a breath of fresh air for me. Its 150years after some big explosion in a post apoloyptic America where services and rare goods are traded for something known as bio-coin. Selah who is the focus on this story, is out hunting near the beach the day before her 18th birthday, she is hoping to catch a lander to prove to her father and brothers that she is worthy of joining the family hunting business rather that being married off for fuel to the neighbouring clan. But she doesn’t know that everything is about to change when she comes in contact with a lander named Bohdi, a lander her brothers also hope to sell to the authorities in the mountain. You see the landers are from another dimension or world and are identified by a distinct mark on their face. what happens is the mountain is mystery to them but all they know is the landers are important. little do they know that the landers that are sent to the mountain never seem to make it out alive.

The next morning Selah is surprised to see the mark of the landers on her and she thinks at first it is a cruel joke by her brothers but her mother confirms that it is no joke and all Selah’s fears are revealed as she is now the one thing that is the most hunted in the land. Little did she know she is the child of a Lander and she can feel the changes she is undergoing but she can’t understand them. So she decides to try to free Bodhi so he can help her to understand what she is going through and possibly help her find her father.

Bohdi on the other hand is seeking out other landers as he was banished from his world due to bad choices he has made, he never meant to meet Selah or feel something for her, while he denies it, he just can’t bear to see any harm coming to her. Bohdi has never experienced what Selah makes him feel, it is foreign but he knows he can’t be without her. It is up to Selah Bohdi and Amerilla a little spunky girl to find the other landers and stop a crazed doctor from performing more experiments on landers.

What did I like?

The story line kept me captivated and I just couldn’t stop reading, as I desperately wanted to find out what would happened to Selah. As the main character I liked her, she had a lot of spunk. Not as whiney as most of the other leading females in the YA titles I have had the pleasure of reading.

I think I have a crush on Bodhi although he seemed pretty stiff to me. Yea Yea, he is meant to be an alien to even human emotion and all that but I just thought he could have been better. Maybe the second book will be even better!

Cant wait to read book 2, I need to find out what will happen to the mountain and if the other landers will be found.

One thought on “Book Review: Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles #1) by Bonnie S. Calhoun

  1. Thanks for reading Thunder. There are two FREE short stories to go with the two books. Tremors happens before Thunder, and Aftershock happens before Lightning. You can get it for free on Amazon. Be blessed and a blessing.


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