Thunder by Bonnie Calhoun Review and Giveaway
Mother closed her eyes, tears cascading down her cheeks. Her arms trembled violently as she reached out and hugged Selah so hard the air rushed from her chest.
Selah pulled back and touch her shoulder.” You aren’t saying anything. What’s wrong? This has to be some stupid prank by the boys. They were really mad at me for arguing with them about my catch”
” No, my sweet child, I’m afraid no.” She reached out and stroked Selah’s cheek. ” I have dreaded for years that this day might come, and now my fears have grown fruit. There is no choice. You must leave, and do it before your father get back. She squeezed her eyes shut again. Her bottom lip quivered as she rocked.
Selah leaned away. Her jaw slacked. ” Look, I’m sorry I told you a lie. I’ll never do it again. Why do I have to leave?” That seemed a radical punishment for so simple a mistake.
I was immediately drawn into Thunder as I started reading. I felt for Selah as we learn about her the day before her 18th birthday. Her desire to be like her older brothers and capture a Lander sets off startling events that set the whole book into motion. Her lies to her mother about having contact with the Lander come to light the morning of her 18th birthday but to her surprise her mother has been keeping a lie much bigger her entire life. Thunder takes us on an adventure as she learns the truth about the world that she has grown up in and who she really is. Who is she really and what really are the Landers and what is the mark on her skin and what does it mean?
In post-apocalyptic America, where scattered rusted metal lines the shore, animals are tainted with poisonous radiation, and debris from the once-great city coats the ground, Selah Chavez hides in the shoreline’s long grass, determined to catch a Lander. These mysterious Landers are people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company — especially the ones who keep their markings.
Selah catches her first Lander, but her brothers steal him and leave her behind. When Selah wakes the next morning, she is horrified to find the Lander’s mark permanently etched in her skin. She must find the only person who can help her — Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers are about 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.
I do not give away a story because then what is the point of reading the story. Reading the writing by Bonnie S. Calhoun I am instantly drawn into the world of Selah and her family. It was as if I was standing on the shore feeling the water and air spray across my face with Selah. She draws you into her writing and you get lost as the story unfolds around you. Thunder is listed as the 1st book in the Stone Braide Chronicles and I cannot wait to find out what else she has in store in the the upcoming books.