It has been a while since I read the previous book of the Stone Braide Chronicles and I was a bit rusty on who was who and what had happened. Once I got past that (and the first couple chapters) and just settled in to enjoy Storm: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles #3) – I did.
Notice: You should start at the beginning of this series with the free prequel – Tremors (#.5). Then read the first of the series – Thunder (#1). Next there is another short ebook you can get for free – Aftershock (#1.5). After all that…read Lightning (#2). She released another free ebook after Lightning – Surge (#2.5) and then is Storm (#3).
For those of you that aren’t familiar with this series it is dystopian and categorized YA. I have enjoyed each of the books even though I don’t usually look for YA books. If you don’t know what dystopian is I explained it with my review of the first book of this series.
The heroine, Selah, is growing up. She has been through many things and is headed off into the unknown in this story. There are constant decisions of who she should trust and what she should do. Some of her friends would like her to just hide and survive, but she can’t do that. I like the way that she helps others when she can. Overall, I think she makes the best decisions she can with the information she is given.
The story is written from the heroine’s perspective and the reader finds out things as she does. The supporting characters run the gamut from good to deceitful; but not just deceitful for evil, sometimes deceitful for what they think is the greater good.
It is a clean book even though there are not religious sections. I plan to give the set to my daughter who loves dystopian stories. There is some violence as well as some very sad parts. The author portrays some of the sad end effects of circumstances that were set in motion through greed.
Another thing that made this book interesting to me is the mixture of futuristic technology right along side cave man style living. There is a huge gap in the ways different groups of people live.
I was a bit nervous that this book wouldn’t have an ending that resolved Selah’s story. Thankfully, it does end…mostly. There are hints that make me think there is more story to come, and that’s good! There are drastic changes at the end of this story that I’d love to hear more about.
Here is some backcover copy:
Now That Glade, Selah’s Protecting Force, Is Gone, the Hunt Is On to Capture Her
Selah has survived the forces of both man and nature to reunite her family. But her happiness is short-lived as they are forced into a barren world of volcanic ash that conceals the storm boiling beneath. The clock is ticking and Selah’s abilities are growing–along with the list of those out for her blood.
Selah feels unworthy of her status as a novarium and is tortured by the knowledge of lives lost to protect her. Her physical and mental abilities will tempt her to be reckless, but she must learn to wield such power responsibly. Time is running out as more lives are tragically cut short and the search for the Third Protocol takes Selah into lands that have fallen into legend. Can Selah follow the trail of ancient artifacts and finish the quest? Or have she and her companions pinned their hopes on nothing more than a fanciful story?
Calhoun’s characters race headlong into an explosive combination of futuristic technology, age-old greed, and the sacrifices for love that drive them to impossible choices.
There is more information at the author’s site. Published by Revell. 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.