Author: Kristi Helvig
Series: Burn Out #1
Publisher: Egemont USA
Source: Netgalley for honest review
Release Date: April 8th 2014
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“A scorching series opener not to be missed.” – Kirkus
A futuristic blend of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans’s Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.
Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth’s final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns “red giant,” but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.
Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone–her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun–one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.
When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora’s fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father’s request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.
My God this book was Amazing!!!
Tora is left alone in an underground shelter after the Sun Burnt out the world, becoming so hot the oceans dried up and the plants and animal life burnt, the only way to survive was in government made pods, the rest of the world was left to die. Tora’s family was lucky enough to belong to a pod, her father was a genius developing weapons to be used to help keep people safe when a new planet was found, until Tora’s father learned that they wanted to use the weapons for bad not good, he took his family and the guns and ran.
Tora is the only survivor of her family, her father was murdered by the government and her mother and little sister burned to death in mysterious circumstances after they did not return to the shelter. Tora is the last person left, until Marcus a guy that her father trusted returns and tries to get Tora to give up the weapons, when she refuses her returns with mercenaries to force her to give them up, Tora needs to decide weather to die protecting the weapons from the world or saving herself and sacrificing the weapons.
Written from Tora’s point of view, you really get invested in her character, she is a tough cookie that is torn between living and dying and protecting the world from the weapons her father created. There is some romance between Tora and James one of the mercenaries, but if any relationship is to be listed as complicated this is it. Between strong sexual tension, Tora’s refusal to trust and James’s confusing mixed signals, you really can’t decide weather James is a bad guy or good guy, I love it, It has the excitement of Instant love but mixed with the fact he keeps trying to kill her.
Burn out kept me on the edge of my seat in excitement, when it ended I still didn’t know who the good guys and the bad guys are, unfortunately I thought I had only read 50% when the book ended which was disappointing because I really want to know what happens next.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that loves Beth Revis, and Sci-fi dystopians.
I am hanging out for the next installment.