by Bonnie S. Calhoun
Overview: A super volcano has mostly destroyed the United States. There are still a handful of cities with survivors. Eighteen-year-old Selah is the one who can some how save this last remnant. She must follow a trail of clues and head west with her friends and family.
Themes: saving the world, the importance of family
Positive elements: Storm is a well-written, interesting story with lots of action. The heroine learns how to sacrifice for others.
Negative elements: People die during battles. Non of the deaths are graphically described, but two of the characters die having their heads chopped off, which is still pretty gross. The ending of the book was a bit confusing and far fetched.
Conclusion: This book is part of a rather long series. Most series I've read start each book by quickly explaining who everyone is and what has been happening. This book just dives right into the story. Since the book has a fantasy feel, there are a lot of "made-up" words. I had no clue what was going on for awhile. However, the book intrigued me, and I kept reading. There was something rather fun and mysterious about not knowing what was fully going on.
I don't usually read books in the fantasy realm, but I did enjoy this one...but not enough to want to read the rest of the series.
I think middle schoolers and teenagers would enjoy this book more.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.