thunderAuthor: Bonnie S. Calhoun

Series: Stone Braide Chronicles

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

A new tale in the dystopian genre set in post-apocalyptic America that is unlike the others.

Selah Chavez is a young woman living after the Time of Sorrows. Her world was rather steady and predictable, until the day she meet a Lander, the mysterious people from across the ocean who are caught and sold to the Mountain. That day she discovered that her own existence and purpose are deep mystery. And on top of that, she has now become the hunted. She has never felt like she belonged with her family and now she finds out there is a real reason for that.  Her real father, a Lander, is out there and she is determined to find him and find out more about her past and what her future holds.

As the first book in the Stone Braid Chronicles this is a definite first in a series. A lot of set up with not a lot of pay off.  I’m sure there will be more of a pay off with the second book. There was a lot going on and at times it became a little difficult to follow.  With the back and forth between Selah, Bodhi, and those in the mountain, trying to remember which scene was which and who was talking.  The scenes in the mountain drug a little until the ending, then the tension was ratcheted up a few notches, which helped to carry the story to the end.  I felt a strong connection to Selah and loved the way she bonded with Amyrills and found a maternal side to herself she didn’t know she had.  Between her and Bodhi there is a family unit forming quickly.

A solid effort for a first in the series that sets up a new world and leads us into a story that I hope can pick up the pace and the tension. Thunder is the sound that Lightning makes and now Lightning will hopefully flash onto the pages and bring the story to a whole new level.