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The Burn

(The Burn #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,191 ratings  ·  110 reviews
The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.

She finds a group of survivors that qui
Paperback, 234 pages
Published September 27th 2011
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Recommended to Susan by: Appeared on a list of Dystopia & futurist books
Shelves: dystopia, fiction
Letter Grade: C-

This was an easy book to get drawn into and a hard book to feel good about having read. The main character was charming in her teen-aged dramatic way, and though headstrong in some ways she had more maturity than some of my children at that age. When I began to read the preview, the mother in me became emotionally invested in what she was going to do and what the outcomes would be.

I felt drawn to all of the characters in the story and wished that the book had been longer and so
Thanks to goodreads First Reads for the free copy of this book.

The Burn is set in a dystopian world where a select number live in strictly controlled, "perfect" bottom-of-the-ocean colonies, and the survivors of WWIII eek out a living on the surface ("the burn"). Terra, a fourth-generation colonist, seems to be the only one bothered by her underwater prison, and finally finds a way to the surface.

Up to this point, I was totally into the book. Oldham's vision of the underwater colonies was thor
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Burn is a fantastic novel that takes place in a war-torn future where underwater colonies exist and the United States is now New America, where it is illegal to live outside of the cities controlled by the government. Where food and medical supplies are rationed and people fight each other to survive. Terra chooses to leave the safety of the colony to live on the Burn, but pays a dear sacrifice.
This book really appealed to my love for dystopian novels. I enjoy seeing the world turned upside
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: The author of The Burn is my sister-in-law.

Next Disclaimer: The above fact made the prospect of reading this book and writing a review extremely daunting.

But this isn't good the way your great aunt's holiday fruitcake is good.

The best part of this imaginative combination of the Little Mermaid story and the post-apocalyptic genre is seeing a very talented author grow as she writes. As the narrative shifts with Terra venturing outside the Colony, The Burn does what every successful ad
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
Terra and her family lives below the ocean in a Colony built by the finest biologists and scientist of the world over a hundred years ago. In school, she learns about The Burn; life above the water on land that was destroyed by multiple nuclear bombs. He teaches them of destruction, fighting, and anarchy of a crumbling government. But Terra sees more than what the teacher shows. She sees a new way of life, a life full of light unlike the dark ocean bottom she sees every day. Terra sees freedom m ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Stop me if you've heard this one before: there once was a girl who lived deep under the sea but wished she could go up on land and live with the people there. She's so desperate to go where the people are that she visits a rather mad/unpleasant woman who tells her that everything comes with a price and makes it so the girl can't speak. But then the girl gets to go on land! She gets there and meets a boy who is drowning, so she saves his life. He doesn't really recognize who saved him. She become ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, creepy, dystopia
Post Apocalyptic book about what happens after nuclear wars etc. basically a ton of scientists make colonies under the ocean to protect humanity. The only thing is that not everyone gets to go. Only those originally in the colonies and involved in their making are allowed in.

Of course someone ends up being unhappy and wants to go live on the surface (what they call "the Burn"). This is that persons story.

I found it very "meh." I was not impressed. It was such a great concept and it completely f
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Little Mermaid, Someone looking for a quick dystopian
Fast paced dystopian version of The Little Mermaid. Good for a quick read but Terra's almost constant state of dissatisfaction as well as Dave's fickleness kinda irked me. I can relate more to her sister Jessa's temperment I think.

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Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a fast-paced, interesting look at a dystopian society on what was once the United States. There's a twist however, there's also colonies on the bottom of the ocean floor, and that's where we meet Terra, the main character in this novel. I was intrigued by this take on the classic Little Mermaid story, and I found myself really becoming invested in the lives of the characters. Only criticism is that it rushes a bit at the end. It is set up that a sequel could follow, but you are also left ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
I'm so glad I only paid $.99 for this book. I really thought it was going to be good. Honestly, if I could make myself finish it, it might be. But it was starting to really depress me and make me mad. I got about 1/3 of the way through it and realized this book was mostly going to be about depressed people being horrible to each other. Not my idea of a good time.
Teresa Little
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
The cover caught my eye and then the twist of an apocalyptic sea dweller sealed the deal. The reading is easy and flowed well as I followed the female protagonist through her underwater world. I found that world to be well written and empathized with Terra. Unfortunately it doesn't last long.

Topside we forget about the things Terra has never seen or experienced before and she becomes just like any other teenager mooning over a boy while being thrust into a very unique and dangerous landscape. T
Andrea Norton
Engaging and interesting!

I've wanted to read The Burn for quite awhile now. I finally got around to it, and was not disappointed.

Like others have said, it is a loose retelling of The Little Mermaid. Terra goes through similar things as the original Little Mermaid and as Ariel. Terra lives in a very different world, however, so how it plays out is different.

The pacing of The Burn is very consistent and well planned. The only issue I had was the storyline between two main characters. It went from
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
The Burn is the first book in the trilogy by Annie Oldham. It truly is a dystopian retelling of The Little Mermaid.

Our "mermaid" lives in the Colony, an undersea habitat created to escape impending nuclear Holocaust on the surface. Fast forward 100 years -- the surface, known as the Burn, is habitable, and there are still people. Our main character, the daughter of the leader of the Colony, chafes at what she sees as freedom. And she plans her escape.

We have all the classic elements -- the trap
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Sudden Romance

Was finding this one to be very different and entertaining when suddenly in the last third it took a big 90* turn into a romance complete with triangles! The story moved along nicely with young Terra escaping to the Burn and finding refuge among a eclectic group of survivors. But why would they jeopardize their existence by taking a newbie, who has never fired a weapon, on a dangerous mission for medicine? Just became a bit too unbelievable for me topped off with the jealousies a
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liz at Fictional Candy
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
I haven’t read much by the way of dystopian, but not for lack of want. So when the author contacted me to review The Burn, I was excited. I had seen this book floating around, and I was eager to read it.

“The world as we knew it ended in a bang”

The world as we know it is destroyed. In an effort of survival and moving on, people – scientists – set up colonies to live in… in the ocean on the ocean floor. Life in the colonies is planned and watched. There is barely any room for self choice. Even yo
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review
Terra lives in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The World went into WWIII and nuked itself. But not before some of the world’s greatest minds came together to build a perfect society at the bottom of the ocean.
Tessa feels confined, claustrophobic, like a fish stuck in an aquarium. She yearns to be in the fresh air with the grass, soil, freedom. Her father tells her that it is a world full of anarchy, murder, and hard survival. Terra doesn’t care. She wants her freedom, no m
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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Rating: 3

The Burn starts off quickly with an introduction to Tessa, and the colony she lives in with her sister, father, and grandmother. The underwater world Oldham has created is intriguing and extremely detailed. Her character and setting descriptions help pull the reader into the world she has created. She does an amazing job setting up the plot, and you can easily see the turmoil Tessa has brewing in her head. She is unhappy in the c
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
The Burn is the name given to the world 100 years after World War III erupted and left the Earth devastated by nuclear burnout. That's all Terra, a teenage girl, really knows about The Burn. She's been living her entire life in a comfortable colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

The Burn, by Annie Oldham, is a dystopian novel about a group of scientists that predicted the nuclear war that caused the Earth to become known as The Burn. For year's before the was broke out scientists in all fi
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Burn quickly became one of my favorite dystopian/post-apocalyptic reads. It's intense, emotional, suspenseful, and full of life. If you are a fan of Article 5 by Kristen Simmons, Legend by Marie Lu, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, and/or Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi don't miss this one!

Annie's world building in The Burn is exquisite. Every detail was thought of and the image in my mind, while not beautiful with rainbows and butterflies, is real and
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Pawing Through Books on 1/5/12

The Burn takes place in two different places. We first meet Terra living in the colony that is located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. These colonies are where a lot of people went to escape the world after WWIII destroyed the land. Everything is fine down there... everyone has a vocation, a job, a place to live, and meals are planned for them. However, Terra longs for something more for something different. She longs to live a life on the f
DelAnne Frazee
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Author: Annie Oldham
Published: 9-26-2011
ISBN: 9781466187207
E-Book ASIN: B005Q18AAU
Pages: 234
Genre: YA Fiction
Tags: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Apocalyptic, Colonization, Dystopian, Government Corruption, Teen Romance

Terra was born on the Colony and has never felt the sun upon her face. When she and her sister Jessa were born her mother left never to be heard from again. Her departing was covered in secrecy and she was rarely spoken of. With no pictures she doesn't even know what he
The Burn is a dystopian that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

To what once was the United States is now New America (aka The Burn) a hundred years after The Event. People will do anything to survive and it is illegal to have a gun or live outside of the government controlled cities. Medical supplies and food are given out once a month and people will fight or even kill to get some. Everyone has a tracker put inside their arm/wrist so they can be tracked by the government.

Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
I received this novel for review from the author. Here is part of my review:

World building and character building at its best. A beautifully written novel that dystopian fans will love.

To start off, I really liked the characters, the setting of this story, and the writing style. This novel was one that I was excited to read from the moment I was asked to review it, and so when I finally got to reading it, I was very excited.

I loved the world building in this novel. The colony that Terra lives
Amy Acosta
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopias
Terra has always been fascinated by the Burn, the world above, the one destroyed by bombs during the Event a hundred years ago. Living in the colonies is dull when every single part of your life is controlled and equalized. Terra dreams of a world where she can make choices, but she never dreamed of the hard choices she would have to make when the opportunity to top side arises. But that is just the beginning! Terra will make even harder choices, because survival in the Burn is no easy matter.

May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. An apocalyptic story about a young girl that lives in an undersea colony who sacrifices all her family and friends because of her dream to go to shore and discover 'The Burn', which is basically what is left of the continents after massive nuclear war.

This felt a little too simplistic for me - definitely young adult, but I am thinking *very* young adult - maybe 13-14 year old age range. I spent the first 50 pages rolling my eyes because everything felt a little silly, until I realize
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Stacy Chamoun
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ugh.... I was really hoping this book was better than all of the mediocre reviews I had read. Unfortunately I found it to be much worse. Don't get me wrong... there must have been something I liked about it because I did actually finish the book. Of course I don't give up easily and I was really hoping that something was going to happen to pull me into this story.

The problem I had with this book was not the storyline. The concept of the story was actually pretty good and had the potential to be
Christine Wheeler
When WWIII began, the most brilliant scientists on earth devised a plan to save the human race from itself. In the case of a worldwide nuclear event, some of the human race must be saved. Of course, these people should only be the best, the brightest, the richest, or the most connected. Their plan? Create a series of colonies on the ocean floor, far away from the nuclear fallout that could occur up above.

Over a hundred years later, Terra feels claustrophobic and trapped in this world that her an
Chaundell Monn
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start by saying that I received this book, free of charge, from the author as part of a contest. Regardless, this review is still my honest opinion.
I'll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. I honestly didn't know how good it was going to be seeing that I'm not familiar with the author, but I thought the plot was pretty original and the book was suspenseful the whole way through. There wasn't a moment that I felt was dull. If I'm being honest, I was a little annoyed by the begin
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“I wear a solar radiation suit. The lights we have over our artificial fields simulate real sunlight, so if I were in there for too long, I’d get a sunburn just like if I was on a beach. I guess up on the Burn (that’s what we call the land) they had something called sunscreen, but then some dermatologist down here designed the solar radiation suits and said they were much more effective protection. Sometimes I want to smack him.” 1 likes
“He turns to point the knife at Dave. Smitty opens his mouth to speak, but no words come out. Instead his eyes widen in surprise because with a clap of thunder, I blow a hole in his chest.” 1 likes
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