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.
Can’t wait for the next one!
Here is some backcover copy:
After she found her real father, life for Selah should have felt settled. But the horrors have just begun. In her broken world of toxic earth and tribal clashes, Selah must
battle the forces of nature alongside those in the Mountain who are calling for her blood. Haunted by the pain of mounting losses, she forges on, seeking her lost family and uncovering new mysteries. But the ultimate betrayal of her own body may soon make her quest impossible as it becomes apparent that what has made her new could also drive her to a life of madness.
Bonnie Calhoun whisks readers back into an otherworldly struggle as Selah continues her quest for answers–and freedom.
You can find more information at the author’s site. You can read the first chapter at Where the Story Begins. Published by Bethany House. This book was sent to me through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.