Whew! This summer’s been packed with family stuff and impromptu bursts of travel; it’s been awhile since I’ve had the time to update! But I finally got a chance to read Thunderstruck, by Sara Casalino. Casalino is also the author of Unisphere, which was selected from Cheap Kindle Books. I wrote a review of Unisphere back in June.
A war is brewing between two groups of teenagers charged with superpowers: the Thunderheroes and the Forces. But the Thunderheroes are at a disadvantage; they have yet to find their missing member, an individual who wields the power of the tornado.
Things become chaotic when the leader of the Thunderheroes thinks she finds the one who has the power of the tornado. It should be a happy event, but the new team member, Dawn, doesn’t believe that she’s special at all; how could the Thunderheroes think she has powers, when she doesn’t even think so? What is worse, the team loses two members in the process of recruiting the confused teen.
The leader of the Forces, Dekay, recognizes her opportunity to strike. She opens the void of darkness and releases Nightmare. But Nightmare cannot be controlled, and Dekay soon regrets her mistake. Can the Thunderheroes regroup in time to restore order to the realm?
– summary taken from my cover reveal
“Karly lowered herself into the void, seeing that the outer part contained ledges and footholds on the walls. The gaping hole was in the center. As she stared down, her heart caught in her throat. Thorn was slipping, and the bottom seemed endless.”
Lots of action!
It is evident that plot development was a priority during the construction of this novel; it was fast-paced and exciting, from start to finish. There was plenty of dialogue, and several interesting skirmishes before the final battle.
The characters’ abilities interact in an interesting way
I really like how the characters’ magical powers develop throughout the narrative, and how they can impact one another’s abilities. They almost reminded me of a strategy game; I feel like the general concept of the story has the potential to successfully extend to a variety of mediums.
Not enough world, overarching conflict, or character development
I think the author made some sacrifices in order to fill the story with action. The characters were one-dimensional, and there were too many of them. None of them had a backstory, or much in the way of personality traits that distinguished them from the other characters. I couldn’t visualize the world in which the story took place, because there was too much exposition; there was too much telling, and not enough showing (you’re welcome for the overly familiar phrase!). At times, the story felt like it was closer to an outline, rather than a fully developed novel.
I hope this author keeps writing, and I hope she keeps writing about these kinds of superheroes and villains, with more devotion to character development. I love the concept of this story – especially in terms of how the characters’ powers influence and shape those around them. If this idea were turned into a series, with more backstories and details, I think I’d enjoy following it.