Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun (book review)

I did not like this book AT THE BEGINNING. Please keep reading. At first "Thunder" by Bonnie S. Calhoun was too complicated in terminology for the time (post apocalypse/nuclear war) and felt like a rip off of "The Hunger Games" and "Divergent." This type of book is definitely popular right now - survival of the fittest, life after disaster, strong female lead.
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There was a lot of terminology to grasp without explanation: Lander, place names (present vs. the past), The Mountain, The Company, Birth Remembrance, Kingdom, etc - not to mention the scientific terms that I don't know if they were real or not due to the chronology of this book. Anyway, it was complicated (and this coming from a person who really does enjoy several plots lines in movies and books) and I wasn't sure I would grasp. I will say by the end of the book, I still do not know all of the terms in the book, but I'm sure that's because they want you to read the prequel and sequel.

"Thunder" is about Selah Risshon Chavez who is about to turn 18 (that's what Birth Remembrance means; I'll give you a freebie on this vocab). She is trying to capture a Lander to prove herself and to bring in a good price from The Company - especially if the Lander keeps the markings he/she lands with.

Her brothers steal the Lander she captures and she finds that the Lander's mark is now on her (although in a different spot). Now she's a Lander (maybe?) so she's not safe at home and runs away North to where The Company is. Family secrets spill all over in a roller coaster of events. I don't want to give much more away but just know that as I didn't like this book at first, it sucked me in with the plot line. I could have done without half of the descriptors in this books (I believe there is such a thing as too many adjectives), but the plot kept me going. I read this book all within 24 hours (less than that, actually) - and it's over 400 pages.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and others may or may not agree.

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