Sunday, 10 January 2016

Lightening by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Back Cover: 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 cannon 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?

Review: Imaginations are a fabulous thing, and Bonne Calhoun has ample of that. The world she has created for this series is developed and intriguing. The world as we know it has been destroyed by massive tsunamis, earthquakes, and other natural disasters set off by nuclear war. Many species, including humans, have been altered by the catastrophic events. Animals that were previous edible are no longer and humans no longer come in the normal varieties. A breed of human, called "Landers" seem to be at the centre of it all.

Selah discovered in the last book that she wasn't who she thought she was. *Spoiler Alert* Raised as the daughter of a scavenger with a loving mother, brothers, and an unaffectionate father, Selah has done what she needs to do to survive. When a stranger washes up on a shore near her home, her entire life changes. She discovers that the father she was raised with is not her true father, and that she is actually part of the marked race called the Landers. She sets out to free her real father, who is a Lander held captive in the dreaded Mountain, and eventually lands up in the Lander city with her father. Oh, and along the way she becomes the novarium, some sort of prophesied being that is going to change the world.

Enter book two...

The only problem? Being novarium means that she only has months to live before her body begins to fracture... No one seems to know very much... about anything... and Selah believes that even her father is keeping secrets from her. Frustrated and lost, Selah fights to figure out who she is and how she is going to survive this curse... or blessing?

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

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