Review: LIGHTNING / by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Lightning / by Bonnie S. Calhoun (Stone Braide Chronicles, 2)
Revell     ISBN 9780800723774
HS     Grades 8-12     Rating: 4


Bonnie S. Calhoun continues her young adult dystopian series, set in a world where life is very different 150 years from now. Most of the population lives in the ruins of American cities destroyed by a nuclear holocaust.

In Lightning, Selah Rishon thinks her problems are over when she finds her birth father, but her special abilities continue to increase — and no one is exactly like her. She is part-Lander, part human. Selah is the novarium, someone who plays a major role in an unfolding prophecy.

Both Bohdi Locke, the Lander who is her romantic interest, and her newfound father Glade seem to have no time for her. Who will tell her how to handle her abilities and visions? Can she rescue her family from their imprisonment? What about the Third Protocol of Landers that will complete her transformation?

Although the book is interesting, the faith element is non-existent. The book covers for this series are dramatic, and the second book is much better then the first. Lightning has more action and less romance than Thunder.

However, one should read the first book before reading this one, otherwise the reader will find it challenging to understand the backstory. Calhoun has also written two novellas in this series, Tremors and Aftershock. Her characters are believable and flawed, reinforcing the realism of the story.

Calhoun creates a credible futuristic world with a strong heroine, which should appeal to fans of The Hunger Games (S. Collins) and Lisa Bergren’s Remnants series. Book 3 will be published in Fall 2016.

Recommended for public libraries and school libraries. This book is more appropriate for older teens and adults.

Carol R. Gehringer

—reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2015.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.