Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun October 13, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:30 pm
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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.

With evocative descriptions of a strange new world that combines elements of disturbing scientific advances, devious political conspiracy, and survival in a hostile wilderness, Bonnie S. Calhoun weaves a captivating tale of a society more like our own than we may want to admit. From the tension-laced first scene to the captivating last page, Thunder is an epic journey into the heart of humankind that explores how far we are willing to go when we’re pushed to the limit.

Bonnie S. Calhoun loves to write, but it doesn’t make her happy unless there are the three Bs: body count, blood, and blowing things up. She also has mad skills at coding HTML and website design. Bonnie lives in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass. But she’d rather buy fish, ready to eat and under plastic, at the grocery store. She shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think she is waitstaff.

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My thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this book. I have read one of Bonnie’s other books which I really enjoyed but knew this one would be different. And it was. In all the right ways.

This book has so many threads going through it, yet Bonnie manages to weave them together so none of them get tangled. Just when you think you have one thing figured out she throws something new at you and I couldn’t wait to see how or if she would resolve it.

She has created one messed up society yet, how different is it really from our own? Maybe not so much and that’s scary.

Selah is a very likeable character and there are many other characters in this book, some likeable some not so much.

So, who would like this book? This is geared toward young adults, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you enjoy books like The Hunger Games or books that challenge your way of thinking you will enjoy this book. If you’re looking for something different and something to recommend to a teen in your life you might want to check this one out.

Visit Bonnie here.

Download Tremors (the prequel) for free here.

Grab your own copy of Thunder at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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