Sunday, October 12, 2014
Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun
"Thunder" is a dystopian novel set in post-apocolyptic America. After the earth was ravaged by war, families had to be careful what they hunted as not all animals were safe to eat anymore, due to radiation. Selah has always lived in the shadow of her older brothers and has always been treated differently by her father, but never quite knew why. She longs to capture her own lander, the strange people who land on the beaches after their boats crash. These people are always in a sort of delirium and can't seem to remember much of their life before the crash. If she could capture a lander and turn him in, she would earn a valuable profit and her father's favor.
No one knows what happens to the landers after they are turned in, and not many people end up caring. That is, until Selah meets Bodie. She comes too close and makes contact, and the next morning wakes up with the same lander mark on her own skin. How could this happen? Selah is not a lander. Or is she?
The only thing I disliked about this book is that I felt that it lacked a certain depth. You could pretty much guess what was going to happen next. Also, the relationship between Selah and Bodie was an odd one. One minute she couldn't stand him, and the next she was in love with him. I guess I will suffice to say that Selah was young and somewhat naive, so she really didn't know what love was and that probably explains her flighty attitude.
The chapters alternated between many different characters, but yet it was never really confusing to me. I think it was nicely written, with just a hint of mystery. It is definitely written more for young adults and teens than for adults, which I really enjoy. I think this series has great potential and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.