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In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.

Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.

Thunder: Stone Braide Chronicles Book 1

by Bonnie S. Calhoun

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Selah, the main character, is celebrating her 18th birth remembrance day as the story starts.  Many people are involved in her life.  Collectively they bring depth and intrigue to the tale.  Her mother most of all has taught her to be a woman of integrity who is brave and ready to face each challenge as it arrives.  The author, Bonnie S. Calhoun, has done a good job narrating and developing her characters.  Although taking place in the future, life has become much simpler.  This isn't really a dystopian society but rather a civilization that has learned to survive.  Unfortunately, evil still persists but good does its best to fight back and finds creative ways to overcome. 

The pacing is seamless and kept me eager to read every page.  Being an excellent story teller, the author even makes the futuristic stuff seem plausible and authentic.  Questions arise throughout the story that aren't exactly answered but it leaves the reader hopeful that the next book will fill in these suspenseful gaps.  This book would be a good read for both male and female audiences who enjoy a good action story.  The romance running throughout the story is sweet and innocent.  Bonnie Calhoun is a Christian author and has written a fantastic story.  There are two more books in this series that look just as promising. 

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Man grabs 17-year-old girl by wrist causing pain; 17 year-old-girl knocked to ground and pinned down by 3 male perpetrators; character hit on back of head with boomerang; people hunted and sold into slavery; 3 young men killed in defense of girl; 2 old men argue and threaten violence at each other; character died and was autopsied, minor details; father forced to abandon family because he was hunted for being different; man grabs young woman by throat from behind, cutting off air way; character hit by a swinging log and pushed into the river, still alive; girl wrapped in a big snake, lots of blood, girl dies, gore to snake; character falls in river, almost drowns; character has nightmare, wakes up screaming; character buried under rubble, no permanent harm; fight between siblings, one ends up dead, blood & some gore, character is buried; adults taken captive, guns; man burned to death by another man, descriptive and very violent; long battle escaping captivity, guns, a few killed, and some injured, some blood and gore; characters dissolve into dust, carried off by wind.

Sex/Nudity:  Young man looked over 17-year-old girl lustfully; 3 young men attack a 17-year-old girl with intent to harm; old man accused of infidelity; lecherous man implies he wants liberties with a young woman; a couple of kisses between a man and woman, usually quick with no details.

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Nuclear armageddon, prearranged marriage, bondage/enslavement for purpose of medical experimentation, adult abductions, death of parents, death during child birth, death of sibling, cremation, burial of dead people, futuristic guns, cloning, medical ethics.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Drugs used to control people's behavior, affect appearances, & medical experimentation.

Reviewed By Beth
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