Lightning (Stone Braide Chronicles, Bk 2) by Bonnie S. Calhoun {YA Dystopian Book Review}

Stone Braide Chronicles, Bk 2
YA Fiction / Dystopian Romance

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?


My Thoughts

If you've been in the teen section of your local book store or library you already know that dystopian fiction is all the rage. We're not talking old school dystopian like Orwell's 1984 or Huxley's Brave New World. I'm talking about things like The Hunger Games and Divergent series.

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 normaly 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.

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  1. While I don't know what the book or series is about, I do know from you review that the author is a good writer and that if I am looking for something that steers my YA toward a different dystopian path, this might be it! I appreciate both of those ideas. Great review.

  2. Thanks for introducing me to this sweries, it sounds fascinating!


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