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Lightning: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles) Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—A solid second volume of a postapocalyptic series. Much like Thunder (Revell, 2014), this sequel is packed with action and romance. Selah, the teenage girl who in the previous installment learned some mysteries of her past, continues on her adventures, learning more about her people and saving her friends and family from peril. Though the dialogue is sometimes stilted and the coincidences are many, the book will sweep readers along with its fast-paced plot. Teens who enjoyed the first title will gravitate to this work and will look forward to the next series entry. VERDICT Purchase where Thunder flew off the shelves and where action and adventure are popular.—Sarah Jones, Clinton-Macomb Public Library, MI
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Selah's past and her future are about to collide . . . and time is running out.
Selah Rishon thought that finding her real father would solve her problems. Instead it has created a host of new ones. She is feeling strange, destructive flashes of power within her body. The family she left behind is being sequestered in the Mountain. And if her father and his team cannot find the key to the West and make contact with the Third Protocol of Landers, Selah will fracture.
Selah is trying to accept this new world, but none of the facts she's learned about novarium or Landers are adding up. Determined to find answers, she launches a new rescue effort to the Mountain. But will the prison that holds her family become Selah's grave?
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 is the author of Thunder, Tremors, and Aftershock, all part of the Stone Braide Chronicles. Bonnie lives in a log cabin in the woods on fifteen acres and shares her domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats--all of whom think she is waitstaff. Learn more at www.bonniescalhoun.com.
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Notice: You should start at the beginning of this series with the free prequel - Tremors. Then read the first of the series - Thunder. Next there is another short ebook you can get for free - Aftershock. After all that...read Lightning.
There is so-o much action in Lightning: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles)! The characters are constantly on the go as they try to stay alive and beat the clock. The characters that we got to know in the previous books are back to continue their journey of saving their dystopian world. It is fast paced as the main characters split into two groups, so when one isn't in trouble the other group is.
I was a little worried that I wouldn't remember some of the characters/back story because it has been a while since I read the other books. It wasn't a problem. I remembered, or was cleverly reminded, who everyone was.
Overall, I like the story.It is a different way of looking at the world with highly developed technology being used one minute and basic survival skills being used the next. The one thing I'm not keen on is the sense of "unknowing" that is prevalent through most of the book. It is written from the heroine's perspective and we only know what she has learned - which isn't much! I understand that it is the way Bonnie intended to develop the book and build suspense; I just disliked the feeling of confusion.
We, as the readers, get to see the heroine develop and grow throughout the books. She grows stronger physically and emotionally through each chapter. [Well... until the end, but I can't spoil that for you.] I have nothing in common with her, but I was rooting for her. Would I want to be in her shoes? No, thank you. Did I think she did the best she could? Yes.
We don't get to spend as much time with the hero in this story, but he definitely has an important part. Sometimes the story is seen through his point of view, but he doesn't know much of what is going on either.
It felt like some new major characters are introduced in this book and a few brought back from the first book. There are definitely strong female characters in these stories.
It is published by a Christian publishing house and they are "clean" stories even though there are no religious discussions.
You can read more of my reviews at JendisJournal.com
We left Selah having found her birth Father, Glade, and being rather confused. She is the novarium, whatever that means. After what Selah has already been through, she is just getting started! If you recall, Selah was rather astonished to become a Lander, one of the people who shows up from the sea for reasons that aren't explained yet. Glade has secrets too, and they are about to not be so secret anymore.
Now there is an added issue. Selah is fractured. They have to find The Third Protocol or Selah is going to die, as in not exist! Before The Sorrows, there was a place called Atlantic City. Now it is TicCity, and maybe it holds answers for them. To farther complicate matters, not everyone is glad of Selah's powers and "bloodlines". Can her blood caused immortality? Can she trust the people she has met, her new family by genetics, some of her family that raised her? What about her friends, and her protector, Bodie?
Selah is really strong in this book, and I can't wait to read the next one!
My copy came from the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I leave this review of my own free will and choosing. My thoughts and options are my own.
I don't want to take issue with those books but let's just say that I want something better for my teens to read. I believe I've found it in Bonnie S. Calhoun's 'Stone Braide Chronicles' series. The first book in the series was entitled 'Thunder'. There are also two ebooks 'Tremors' and 'Aftershock' that fill in some of the background. (I've not read either of the ebooks.) I was pleasantly surprised by this series because it isn't my usual go to genre. 'Lightning' has solidified my love for this author's writing.
'Lightning' picks up where we left off with Selah and the rest of the characters. Because of that I would characterize this as a series that needs to be read in order. (I still think the eBooks are optional but they would enhance the story.) The story line is complex and without the background material I think you would be a bit lost.
The story is intense and fast-paced. Perfect to keep the attention of a young adult reader. As I've said before I'm not a young adult and I don't normally care for dystopian fiction but Bonnie Calhoun's writing style is absolutely riveting. There is very little fluff involved in these stories but they are chock-full of moral dilemmas that cause the reader to ponder their own response.
While the ending was quite satisfying it also leaves open the need for more books in this series. I can't wait to read them and see how this futuristic society will survive. Thanks Bonnie Calhoun for changing my mind about a genre and providing hours of reading enjoyment.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.