Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1)

Thunder (Stone Braide Chronicles Series #1)

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by Bonnie S Calhoun

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly
Calhoun’s first YA novel is set in post-apocalyptic America, where Selah Chavez goes against her family’s wishes and hunts for Landers, a people with distinctive markings who are captured and sold to a business known as the Company for reasons unknown. Those who live in the Mountain, the underground colony where the Company is located, have been protected from the devastation of the outside world. When Selah captures, then loses, a Lander named Bodhi Locke, she becomes one of the hunted when the same markings appear on her body. Calhoun (Cooking the Books) paints a dark, serious world and does not shy away from the violence that her characters suffer as they struggle with prejudice and even genocide, the latter activity veiled by justifications of scientific knowledge and progress. At times, the story suffers from clichéd writing or overdramatized incidents, but despite its shortcomings, Calhoun’s novel, which inaugurates the Stone Braide Chronicles, is on balance an entertaining and suspenseful read that will please those who enjoy intrigue and grimness. Ages 12–up. Agency: Hartline Literary Agency. (Oct.)
VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Clair L. Brustkern
It is after the Sorrows, when only three groups of people exist. The faction inside the Mountain never leaves but works at maintaining their “perfect” life. The bands that live out in the wilds exist by hunting and trading and capturing Landers (the third group) when they can, whom they sell to the Mountain people for medical experimentation. Selah captures a Lander only to have him stolen by her brothers, who want the ransom. The contact with the Lander makes the Lander Mark appear on her skin the next day as she has come of age. Selah’s life spirals into total confusion as she finds out from her mother that she has a Lander father who is out there somewhere working to free the Landers from Mountain captivity. Although she did not realize it, Selah’s mother had carefully trained her during childhood in many skills that she will need to survive on the journey to find her father. Selah leaves her home in search of her father on a journey that takes her through the wilderness to the mountain. On her trek, she teams up with an orphan child and Bodhi, the Lander she had captured on the beach. Bodhi and Selah’s relationship develops as he teaches her the way of the Landers. This is a dystopian novel with a main character whose story is very engaging. With a different than average plot that starts a little slowly, it draws readers in and makes them want to rush to the end. Reviewer: Clair L. Brustkern; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This complicated dystopian novel has a little bit of everything: a teen girl coming of age, a mysterious race with special powers, mad scientists, political and family drama, and more. Set in a future North America where strangers called Landers, identified by a prominent mark on their faces, are hunted and sold to a mysterious company in a mountain, the story focuses on Selah on the eve of her 18th birthday. She tries to catch a Lander to prove her worth to her family, but her plan goes awry. Physical contact with Bodhi Locke, the Lander she captured, causes her own mark to wake up, and she soon discovers that her real father was one of these outcasts. The teen flees her family in search of a colony that will accept her new identity. Adding to Selah's conflict, a group of Lander rebels wants to organize a revolt against the government that seeks to marginalize and wipe them out. The many threads sometimes makes this tale difficult to follow and several of them are unresolved. However, readers who stick with it will look forward to learning more about this complex world in the next installment. A good purchase where postapocalyptic series are popular.—Sarah Jones, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
In search of her father, Selah takes a treacherous journey through the hardscrabble landscape of post-nuclear disaster. Since the Time of Sorrows, the remaining population has returned to subsistence living, as most food sources are contaminated and the infrastructure has crumbled. Also since that time, Landers, inscrutable figures marked by a wing tattoo, periodically wash up on shore, babbling of a "final Kingdom," to be hunted for bounty by the remnants of humanity. On her 18th birthday, shortly after finding a Lander, the Lander mark appears on Selah's chest, indicating that she's a half-breed. No longer safe, she leaves her Borough seeking her father and the protected fortress of the Mountain. She falls into fitful love with her gorgeous Lander companion, Bodhi, who teaches her about her new telepathic powers. Meanwhile, technology has advanced tenfold at the Mountain. Two scientists battle for dominion, while one is experimenting on Landers, using their DNA to find immortality. There are as many subplots to this novel as hydrogen bonds on a double helix, and the story is snarled by its own twists and clunky with contradictions. The romance is eye-rolling. The series' only hope is that the plot pursues its one fresh idea: What exactly are the Landers? A sci-fi mishmash set in a dystopian world where a kind of human/angel hybrid will probably save mankind. (Science fiction. 15-18)

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Baker Publishing Group
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Stone Braide Chronicles Series, #1
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5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Thunder: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 20 reviews.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 2 ½ stars! I REALLY wanted to like this book…I loved how it started out, I enjoyed Selah’s character – strong and fierce – but somewhere around half way through, it really lost momentum and fell very flat for me.  The “where” of the Landers was never discovered, the adventure into the “Mountain” was patchy, the escape was strange, and the way the POV switched was at most times, quite confusing.  Tried to love it – it was a good concept, but it just didn’t hit all the notes I needed to feel as a reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not recommended.  It is very rare that I do not finish a book, but this particular novel was extremely hard to get into and after finally reaching the halfway point, I set it aside.  I normally wish to give authors the benefit of the doubt, for I know that writing a book is a lot of work, and for which I applaud Bonnie S. Calhoun in completing that task.  I also appreciate her attempt to create a creative plot and her imaginative effort to produce a unique story.  However, this novel fell short in many, many ways.  The style of writing is much too simplistic and more than once I had to make sure I did not pick up a book suited for young readers.  In addition, the content is not pleasant; many times, the graphic details of certain scenes made me feel uncomfortable.  This novel also attempts to convey a society that is most confusingly a mix between science fiction and some type of fantasy but it did not communicate that properly.  Certain aspects of the futuristic society (such as their cars, homes, etc.) did not make any sense to me and I spent more time being frustrated at these details than enjoying the story.  The strange telepathic nature of the characters is also creepy.  In addition, the storyline is weak; Selah cries at every little thing and the romance between her and Bodhi is much too quick paced and borderline obnoxious.  I did not find a character with which I connected at all and their interactions are more annoying than enjoyable.  The dependence of Amaryllis on Selah is ridiculous after the child has survived three years alone in the wilderness (another illogical scenario).  If I had to compare this novel to a food I would choose plain, white rice – there is no richness to the story or any character development that pulls the reader in and captures the reader’s attention.  I do not recommend this book at all. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 Considering that I am a very fearful person by nature, I try to steer clear of dystopia. I think I've read three of them, and each one is the story of a world gone wrong.   (Remember- I'm the eight year old who stayed up one night worrying frantically that the sun would explode. And then worrying that I'd never sleep again.)  So anything set in a Post-Nuclear-Devastated America where a small but iron-handed group of elites run the show and the common people fight, kill, and struggle to survive is probably a no-no for me.  So how did I end up reading Thunder? I'm reviewing it of course. And yes, I did find it rather scary. Those mutant rabbits were really creeping me out! My Mom asked me why kids gravitate to dystopia today. "Is it because they feel such hopelessness?"  I think part of the lure of dystopia *is* that the settings are dark, and the author gives us permission to feel vulnerable and anxious about the darkness. Yet the authors also go a step further beyond wallowing in fear- they introduce us to ordinary young people who becomes heroes.  These boys and girls help fight the evil government, their own souls, and restore balance to the world.  I think if you've enjoyed Veronica Roth's Divergent and Jill Williamson's Safe Lands Trilogy, then you'll love Thunder.  Selah is a girl determined to be as tough as her brothers, yet she's also unsure of herself when her world shifts under her feet.  She wanted to prove her worth, but now she has to risk her life to rescue an enemy.  And then she finds herself bonding with the enemy when she realizes their fates are linked.  Add in the "adolescent" emotions Selah feels (longing for responsibility, sibling rivalry, beginning to romantically "like" somebody) and this book will grab many a teenage reader.  Thank you Revell Reads for my review copy! 
NinaVerbeena More than 1 year ago
Great first young adult novel by accomplished writer Bonnie S. Calhoun As an avid reader of fantasy, science, fiction, and young adult novels, when I heard about the book Thunder, I knew it would be right up my alley. Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society, the descendants of those who survived The Time of Sorrows either live off the land in a somewhat primitive way, while trying to determine what is still “safe” to eat, or they are part of the self-contained Mountain people (aka The Company) who carry out mysterious scientific experiments with the benefit of technologically advanced equipment. I would describe the overall story as a combination of action, adventure, young romance, and science fiction. It is also a bit of a coming of age book where the teens within (Selah and Bodhi as well as others) are learning about themselves and the world around them, as they strive to not only make the right decisions but to survive. As you meet the various characters and follow along on the journey/quest with them, you will enjoy a tale (from various points of view) full of secrets, lies, danger, corruption, friendship, betrayal, hope, and love, while all along a battle between good and evil simmers below the surface. While I understand that some readers felt that the book did not have a deep enough spiritual tone (coming from a Christian publisher) or that it lacked any mention of faith or spiritual content, I felt like the spiritual references were subtle and intriguing (e.g., the Kingdom, the Presence, a reference to one of the experiments being an “abomination”). However, I admit that there were a lot of things that were not explained in this book that I would hope are either covered in the free e-book prequel—Tremors (which is now available online) or that things will become clearer in book two: Lightning. Perhaps the Landers, who are referred to as Immortals, are angels or some other type of spiritual being; I don’t really know. The good thing about this subtleness, in my opinion, is that those who are not familiar with Revell as a publisher of Christian books will enjoy the adventure, action, and mysteries contained within the story without realizing that there is an underlying message of hope and redemption. A message that will hopefully become clearer later on in this series. Overall, I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to more to come. Thank you to the publisher, Revell, for providing me with an advanced reader's copy for my personal review and my honest opinion of the book.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Intriguing book that quickly hooked me... Thunder   The Stone Braide Chronicles 1   By Bonnie S. Calhoun   Determined to prove her worth to her father and her older brothers, Selah is determined to capture a Lander.  She's been warned to stay away from the beach and away from Landers.  But she can't stay away on this the eve of her eighteenth birth remembrance.  But little does she realize that this simple act of disobedience is about to forever alter her life.   More than a century has passed since the Time of Sorrows.  In that time few outside the Mountain have had dealings with those within.  The Company is secretive and hidden from the outside world, but they want Landers and they are willing to pay for them.  And unless Selah can get rid of the Lander mark she woke up with she will soon be hunted down like a Lander and sold. Landers are of importance only if they retain their markings and their memories.  But Selah has no Lander memories so why is she now marked?  Determined to steal back the Lander she captured before her brothers sell him, Selah sets out towards the Mountain.  Can she get Bodhi Locke away from her brothers or will the truths about her new identity be lost to her forever? Thunder is a set in the future.  The world as we know it has been destroyed and yet humanity has survived.  But the very tendencies that brought about this destruction still exist within the hearts of those who survived and their offspring.   Dangers exist both within the Mountain and without, the question is which danger is the greater risk to those who are hunted?  And who or what are Landers?  These marked people have abilities (both mental and physical) that are beyond what is considered normal.   Fans of dystopian or speculative fiction should enjoy this new series. In a world destroyed by the very people who called it home a new civilization of survivors has grown up amid the destruction. And in this world various groups are vying for supremacy.  Will the errors of the past be repeated or will the knowledge that the Landers possess change everything? I for one can't wait for book 2 Lightning (Fall 2015) and the answers it may reveal or raise. I was provided a copy of this book by Revell in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Um,ok. So my name is forestfire. Im a really good hunter. Um. I use to be a rouge but i want to jion your clan
Anonymous 5 days ago
Hey im joey can i join?
Anonymous 5 days ago
Yes, I'm Hawkfire. I have a flame-orange pelt with white paws, muzzle, underbelly, and tailtip. My eyes are dark blue. I am eleven moons old. I am normally silent but wil speak when spoken to. I was born a loner but my farher Stripe taught me how to fight and hunt and called me Hawkfire instead of Hawk. I wish to join ThunderClan, please.
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ksnapier475 10 months ago
Thunder, by Bonnie S. Calhoun, is the first book in the Stone Braide Chronicles. This story takes place over 150 years after The Times of Sorrows. The world has almost been wiped out by a nuclear war. Selah Chavez is one of the survivors. Her day-to-day life is very predictable until the day she comes across a group of people from across the water. These people are the Landers. Since her discovery of them, Selah begins to have questions about her own being. This is a well-written book with subtle references to God (the Presence). The story keeps going at a good pace and left me looking forward to the next book in the series. Bonnie Calhoun was able to develop the characters very well and I can't wait to read more books by this talented author. I was given this book by, the author and Revell, in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was slow to me. Got faster as I read. Cool new world but left a lot of questions for me.
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I really loved this book! Its well written and the main character is a fierce and strong girl who just completes the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Selah Rishon Chavez, a young woman just a day under 18, wants to be respected for who she is. She wants to have the reputation of her older brothers, Raza and Cleon, who, in all honesty, aren't the ordinary brothers yet they're just like ordinary brothers. She wants to be looked at as brave, as a hero, a young yet tough spirit. But on the day before her 18th Birth Remembrance (birthday), everything changes. Capturing a Lander. A big step in life for young Selah. Yet... a dangerous step at that. And then Raza and Cleon take the Lander. When Selah wakes up the next morning, she feels a difference. Looking inside the mirror, she discovers something that puts her at risk: the symbol of the Landers. After learning her history, her past, Selah has to embark on a journey, leaving the grasps of Dominion Borough, to stay safe. Trying to stay away from her "brothers" and "father" while trying to recapture the (rather handsome) Lander they had so rudely taken from her yesterday turns out to be a tough task. Add a 12-year-old girl, whom Selah and the Lander have to parent for a while, and the burden keeps on growing bigger and bigger. Can Selah, with the help of the Lander, the kid, and Cleon (who helps later on in the book) find her long-lost father, or will the trip not be worth it? Oh, yeah, I should tell you that every other chapter or so, it switches from Selah's area to the Mountain, which is their sort of ruling capital. And, yes, it seriously, it IS a mountain. Review of: Thunder {Book one in the Stone Braide Chronicles} by Bonnie S. Calhoun Reviewed by: Katherine Hart Look for Lightning: book two of the Stone Braide Chronicles coming out in the fall. If you have an e-reader, there is a short FREE e-presequel availible by the name of Tremors.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
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. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun is a dystopian young adult novel that takes place 150 years into the future. Throw in a bit of Hunger Games, a pinch of Divergent and a little bit of X-Men (?) and you have a truly original story. We are introduced to Selah right before her 18th birth remembrance. With her life about to change and expectations placed on her that she does not agree with, she is trying to prove to her family that she is worthy. What happens at the beach, (where she was not supposed to be at, on a day she should have been home), will change her life in ways that she could not have foreseen. This was a very imaginative tale with many parts that worked well together. I liked the slow romance, the familial relationships, and enjoyed watching true friendships develop, against the backdrop of life and death situations and a lot of action. Along with Selah, I was quickly turning the pages to find out the answers to all the questions that she had and to find out the truth about the secrets that were kept from her. I look very much forward to the sequel, Lightning, because even though this book ends satisfactorily, I am interested in exploring more of this strange new earth. I am very pleased that the inspirational market is putting out more young adult novels that lack the junk yet tell a good story with hope. On a side note for parents, there is a bit of violence in this book just in case your teens are sensitive to that. There is a prequel novella called Tremors that is available at this time for free. I received this book from Revell, however the opinions are my own.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed with Thunder. For the first 200 pages I couldn’t get fully engaged in the story and felt little connection with Selah. I didn’t appreciate how she always handled certain situations and it caused me to be annoyed or frustrated (sometimes both!) with her behavior. Bodhi was by far my favorite character despite that there is not a lot spoken about his past. He has a fairly good sense of humor that lightened the mood many times and brought a smile to my face. I also liked the inside of the mountain and how it functioned. I actually wish that Bonnie would have given more details about it because it was very fascinating! Some of the technology was mind-blowing, if not a little scary. Overall, this story fell flat for me. I was either fully sucked into the story or I was just skimming over what sometimes felt unimportant details. I was hoping for more of a spiritual message since I felt that was really lacking and little less gruesome scenes. I was also aggravated about how the romance bloomed and hoped it would have had more depth. I will sadly be giving Thunder 3 out of 5 stars. *(I received this novel from Revell Reads Blogging Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has there been a freeze on revews suggest delete all but last four and those too if last year also lower characters to 200