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Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name—citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.

Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That's when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who's attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery—and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.

Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: April 10, 2017
Series: Bad Bloods

Review

In the previous duology, readers followed Serena and Daniel as they waged a political battle so that Bad Bloods would be considered citizens and have equal rights. In July Thunder, readers have the opportunity to see the outcome of that battle through the eyes of Violet and Caleb.

July Thunder is an amazing work of dystopian fiction that is equal parts dazzling and eerily familiar.

If you've been following my reviews, then you know I like plots with social commentary. If this is your first time reading one of my reviews, now you know I like my fiction with some social commentary sprinkled in.

To me, the social commentary was obvious. Bad Bloods are supposed to be considered equal under the law, yet they are still segregated from "normal" citizens. Hospitals have the right to refuse treatment of Bad Bloods, Bad Bloods have to attend "special" schools, and they are penalized more severely for breaking the law than their "normal" counterparts; laws that Bad Bloods are conditioned to break in order to survive or have not been educated about. If you are familiar with the history of the Civil Rights Movement (or the present battle for civil rights), then the circumstances in the plot are indeed "eerily familiar."

The duology concept that Thompson came up with is interesting and keeps the series fresh. I have enjoyed books by other authors in the past who wrote companion novels that followed supporting characters in their series, and July Thunder is no exception. Thompson did a spectacular job of developing Vi, Caleb, and the other characters; I really liked Vi's story and the fact that she used her abilities to become somewhat of a legend in "Shadow Alley." I also thought the setting was impeccably detailed and the dialogue pulled me right into the story. Beyond the political war that is still being waged for Bad Bloods' rights, there is a subplot that hints at another threat to Bad Bloods. I'm intrigued to see where Thompson goes with that subplot and how it will impact the Bad Bloods' civil rights movement.

An excellent plot coupled with the realistic dialogue of characters with varied, and interesting, abilities, made July Thunder easy to read and hard to put down. All in all, an intriguing and fresh young adult dystopian novel that is a must-have for die-hard dystopian fans!

About Shannon A. Thompson

Shannon Thompson, author
Shannon A. Thompson, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.

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