Burndive (Warchild #2)
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Burndive (Warchild #2)

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From the author of the acclaimed and bestselling debut novel "Warchild" comesa new action-packed adventure about a young man's journey into adulthood amidinterstellar war. Original.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Aspect
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I read this book first, although it is actually book two, coming after Warchild, and I'm grateful I did, because I think if I had read it second, I wouldn't have enjoyed it nearly as much.

One of the most common responses I hear about this book from readers/reviewers is, 'But I didn't like the main character!' And it's true, Ryan isn't necessarily an easy person to like.

He's too sheltered, too privileged, and too unhappy with the world, considering how perfect it actually is for him.

And having se...more
Althea Ann
Warchild, Burndive, Cagebird

Interesting series. I got these because I'd seen them highly reviewed somewhere; of course, now I don't remember where.
In many ways, they're basic military SF - I'd recommend them, with some reservations, to fans of Lois McMaster Bujold, maybe CJ Cherryh.
Each one has a different young man as the protagonist, but they follow one timeline, and link to each other, with many shared characters.All of them are very homosensual. All the young men are super-cute, and there is...more
This book brought about a tiny shard of self-awareness for me and my reading habits. Even though this was a much longer book (400+ pages) than it looked, and because of that it still took awhile to read; I still always had a hard time putting it down and always read double what I had planned. Part of that is the absence of chapters, which, I have to admit, looks daunting when you are flipping through it. This author, Karin Lowachee, is all about using the structure of her writing to emphasize th...more
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Nathan Burgoine
I quite enjoyed this. I'd never read any Karin Lowachee before, and I certainly intend to go seek out "Warchild," now.

Ryan lives a very difficult life, and one that is easily misunderstood as elite, easy and comfortable. He is the son of two very well-known people, an imfamous starship Captain father and a wealthy socialite mother, and often the topic of discussion on the space station where he lives. Indeed, he was recently voted "Hot #1 Bachelor." But a year ago, he witnessed the bombing of hi...more
've got to be honest, I'm not even sure where to start. Maybe the best thing I can say about this book is that it's so good -- and I enjoyed it so much -- that it makes me want to change all my other 5-star books to a 4, so that the 5-stars I give BURNDIVE mean something special.

You can find a synopsis of the book in other reviews, so I won't repeat it.

Sufficient to say that I stumbled on WARCHILD (the first book in the inter-connected trilogy) accidentally and found myself completely and utterl...more
I've got to be honest, I'm not even sure where to start. Maybe the best thing I can say about this book is that it's so good -- and I enjoyed it so much -- that it makes me want to change all my other 5-star books to a 4, so that the 5-stars I give BURNDIVE mean something special.

You can find a synopsis of the book in other reviews, so I won't repeat it.

Sufficient to say that I stumbled on WARCHILD (the first book in the inter-connected trilogy) accidentally and found myself completely and utte...more
The second installment in this trilogy is not what I expected: instead of carrying forward with the previous novel’s main character, the author chose to explore the same universe from another point of view, one that still is tied to people and events in book one, Warchild.

This choice was something of a disappointment, but luckily not for long.

Young Ryan Azarcon is not a sympathetic character: yes, he had a difficult childhood, marked by a lack of adequate parental attention, and his later years...more
I trust that if you're reading this, then you've already read Warchild. If you haven't, then stop reading now....seriously. There was a significant gap between the time I finished Warchild and the time I finally got around to reading Burndive, and I'll admit that I mainly put off finishing the series because Jos wasn't the main character. Silly, right? I'm a little peeved at myself for waiting so long because I think the stories are best appreciated when they are all read in a close time frame....more
Janice (Janicu)
Each of the three books of this space opera triology has a different protagonist in the same universe. In this case the story focuses on Ryan Azarcon, a blond, blue eyed celebrity with famous parents.

This book seemed to start a little before Warchild ended, on a parallel storyline, and then continued where it left off. We meet characters in Warchild like Jos and Warboy, but they are secondary ones. Compared to Jos, I thought that Ryan was 'softer' than him, because he's been lucky enough to be k...more
Sherwood Smith
Feb 05, 2014 Sherwood Smith added it
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Ryan Azarcon is a spoiled brat. He’s also, at age nineteen (three years into his majority on this far-future Hub station called Austra) the “Hot Number One Bachelor.” Good looking, rich, son of extremely famous parents, you’d think he has no reason to be snotty to the media and grumpy to his patient bodyguard of seven years, Sid, as well as to his loving relatives, right?

Wrong. Ryan’s mother is a media star and thinks that living in the public eye is perfect for her son as well as herself. His f...more
This book wasn’t quite as powerful or visceral as Warchild, but that’s hardly a flaw. It’s an excellent book, and one I heartily recommend to science fiction readers ONLY after they read Warchild. It’s not necessary, because Lowachee does well with feeding you info on a need-to-know basis, but trust me, this world she’s created only gets richer as you read, so do yourself the favor of reading the books in order. I plan on reading the next book, Cagebird, right away, even though I was going to sa...more
Feb 23, 2010 Andi added it
I'm not really sure what to say about this book. Did I like it, oh yes. Very much so. I particularly like how the author has constructed the series. The narrator of this book is not the narrator from the previous one. Both boys are similar in how they show the awful realities of war. What I enjoyed though was the recurring cast of characters from the eyes of somebody new. The previous narrator, plus most of the supporting cast, appear in the later half of the books. A new perspective on them mak...more
Outstanding. A follow up to Warchild, this books delivers Lowachee's spare but rich prose, deep psychological understanding, and burning suspense. I was terribly disappointed in this edition, however, as it was peppered with typos that constantly took me out of the story. Looked like the publishers merely scanned it without proof reading in order to make a fast buck. The next book WAS available for Nook but has been taken down, an ERROR which I hope will be rectified soon. I bought it in paperba...more
I read the first book in the series awhile ago, but was never in the mood to read this one because of the change in protagonist (silly me!). I should have trusted Lowachee to create a main character that I would love. Ryan doesn't suffer nearly as much as Jos did in Warchild, but his transition from rich, spoiled stationer brat to worthwhile human being is compelling. His voice was spot-on. I really enjoyed seeing Jos, Evan, Niko, and Captain Azarcon again (albeit from Ryan's perspective). I als...more
It started out as mediocre SF and ended up... slightly above mediocre SF. I enjoyed reading it more than I expected. It was handicapped, though, by a main character who is very, very difficult to sympathize with. His life is so privileged that no matter how much suffering you throw at him, and Lowachee throws plenty, you want to yell at him, "Grow up already!" That I was able to summon any sympathy for him whatsoever is why I can call the thing better than mediocre. There is some compelling writ...more
I'll admit that I really wanted a continuation of Jos' point of view from Warchild. I was a little disappointed that Ryan was the main character instead, however, I quickly got over that disappointed. It was great to see some of the familiar characters in such different lights. I absolutely love this series and can't wait to get started on the next book.
I read the first book in this series Warchild and immediately rushed to pick up the next two books Burndive and Cagebird.

I initially did not get as involved in this book as much as Warchild and the POV switch from Jos to Ryan was a bit of a disappointment at first (I just really loved Jos!) but towards the middle of the book I really started to enjoy Ryan's story and it was interesting seeing Jos from another character's point of view.

Love this series!!

Originally read 07/04/11

Re-read 08/02/2012
Sep 08, 2009 Melissa added it
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I've never been so excited to start a second book in a series in my life. Not even Harry Potter had me so worked up. Lowachee developed her characters so well in the first novel that I knew I could expect just as much detail in the second. I was so please that the story picked up where the first had left off. I was even more excited that she used another charcter to tell ehr story. Different angles to everything!

Great read!
Although considered by many readers the weakest of all the EarthHub books so far, I really loved Burndive and thought Ryan's voice was very clear and compelling. The main rub seems to be that Ryan's trauma is a lot less dramatic than either Jos's or Yuri's, which in contrast makes him seem like a brat. However, the interplay between self-absorption and genuine vulnerability was very appealing to me.
Not as good as Warchild, but still interesting. I liked that the characters in Warchild were also in this and that its timeline was intersecting. Though the character-driven factor is what wins me over to the space-opera genre books like this that I do like, I had a hard time liking this main character. He was kind of an asshole, and it was hard to be sympathetic. On to the next one!
This book is about a rich, spoiled and yet traumatized teenager (I'm sensing a theme in Lowachee's books) who reluctantly joins his famous father to fight space pirates and a corrupt government.

This is not as interesting as Warchild, but it does improve in the second half, when Ryan encounters familiar characters. Some of the scenes between Ryan and his father are good.
3.5 stars. Interesting: the beginning overlaps with the last bit of the first book from a totally different perspective, and then continues the story. I enjoyed seeing events and characters I liked (and disliked) from the first book through different eyes (home-front eyes vs front-lines eyes), and seeing what happened next. Well written and interesting.
Bought this, quite frankly, because the dedication included the fact that the author loves the same band I love - 30 Seconds to Mars. Didn't realize this was the second book in a series till I got it home. Tried to get into it, but the fake alien terminology was annoying the hell out of me.
Great sequel/continuation of the universe Karin Lowachee created in Warchild!
A worthy successor to WARCHILD although the politics did bog the story down a bit near the end. I'm looking forward to reading the final installment of this trilogy
Bill Hayes
A less sympathetic character than Jos (in Warchild, the first book in the trilogy) but it thoroughly enjoyable following him and his family through the story. Especially at those points where he meets Jos.
Nikki Dyer
loved i! Great second book!
I'm going to stop subjecting myself to this series. The second book has the same problems as the first, in addition to being, if possible, more depressing. I think I'm done here.
Good, character driven writing. Main character stars out being a little spoiled whiny brat, but we see personal development due to circumstances, which is nice.
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Karin was born in South America, grew up in Canada, and worked in the Arctic. Her first novel WARCHILD won the 2001 Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. Both WARCHILD (2002) and her third novel CAGEBIRD (2005) were finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award. CAGEBIRD won the Prix Aurora Award in 2006 for Best Long-Form Work in English and the Spectrum Award also in 2006. Her second novel BURNDIVE debute...more
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