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In 1956 Sarah Dewhurst's father shocks her by hiring a dragon to work the farm. The dragon is a smaller blue rather than the traditional larger reds, though even the reds are now scarce. When the blue dragon, Kazimir, unexpectedly saves Sarah and her friend Jason Inagawa from the attentions of the racist police deputy, Kelby, everything changes. Sarah is part of a prophecy ...more
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Expected publication: May 7th 2020 by Walker Books
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  • Burn by Patrick Ness
    Release date: Jun 02, 2020
    On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon hed hired ...more

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    chai ♡
    Feb 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
    it is my professional opinion that society is collapsing because we stopped writing books and making movies about dragons and I'm glad Patrick Ness is taking the necessary steps to remedy that
    May 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Patrick Ness is finally giving us the dragon book that we didn't know we needed
    Mar 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
    so dragons are the new wave?
    The Burning Rose (Jess)
    Patrick Ness + dragons = a wish came true even though I did not ask for it. 😍
    Jul 20, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
    Shelves: reviewed
    here's where i would make a joke about his name being "Ness" and writing a book about dragons...

    but i got nothing

    so here's a gif:

    Bookish Penguin
    It's Patrick Ness. It has dragons in it. So of course I have to read it.
    Just read that this has dragons in it on his Instagram. And now Im in desperate need of it because ITS A PATRICK NESS BOOK WITH DRAGONS ...more
    Riley Redgate
    Oct 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
    wow, JUST when i think i'm done with the towering stack of Historical Fantasy Red Scare-Era Socially Conscious Dragon-Farmhand-Plus-Cultist-Assassin-Turned-Multiverse-Travel novels the publishing industry has on offer, yet ANOTHER one gets churned out. when oh when will patrick ness write something less predictable and mainstream?
    Oct 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
    OMFG. *no words*
    vatana 🦋
    May 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
    well, i said id read anything this man writes. ...more
    Mar 04, 2020 marked it as to-be-released
    I would do anything in order to have this book in my hands as soon as physically possible. dear god.
    Anna Addams
    A new Patrick Ness book?! A Patrick Ness book about dragons?! SIGN ME UP!!
    Feb 18, 2020 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs
    It's been so long since I read a Ness book and this sounds so good according to the key selling points on Edelweiss like:
    - Dragons, NBD
    - 'A lethal teenage assassin. An odd-couple duo of FBI agents on the case. A secret romance. A mysterious cult of dragon worshippers that just might bring about the end of the world. A shocking twist in the plot, as well as in time and space' TIME AND SPACE, GUYS
    - 'In a small town in the 1950s, the height of the Cold War, fear and suspicion are undercurrents of
    Samantha Fondriest
    For the most enjoyable reading experience, I highly recommend going into it knowing absolutely nothing. Suffice to say this book is wild and wacky and quite the trip and you should just read the first sentence, okay?!


    What a trip! Burn is weird and wild and I loved it. Set in an alternate version of Cold War America, this is the literary answer to "needs more dragons." Despite the zaniness of dragons, prophesy, and the multiverse, this book deftly tackles universal themes of identity,
    Burn is easily one of the most unique and fantastical books of 2020. Its an epic. It made me gasp, my heart almost race out of my chest; and the prose were some of Ness best. My advice: go into this book knowing nothing. It will take you on the wildest adventure, one I dont think Ive ever quite experienced anything like before, and Im hesitant to say Ill find something like it anytime soon. The first half of the novel is near perfect, and while the second half loses some of the momentum, it ...more
    Adi Rocks Socks (semi hiatus)
    A dragon which rescues you from racists (and meanwhile hopefully turns them into kebob)? We need more of these in the world. 19.02.20 ...more
    Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
    im a simple girl. i see patrick ness, and i add it to my tbr ...more
    K Roma
    Dec 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I thought I've had enough of dragons....until I saw this.
    I engaged with this on a number of levels. It was very interesting and thoughtful, but also emotionally satisfying.

    Emily Norman
    Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Really great imagery and an interesting study of the cyclical nature of life and what means to be human.
    Liv Morris
    Boy howdy there is a lot going on here!

    Story-wise I think this book was written for me specifically. Like, I possibly wrote it myself in some sort of fever dream and then forgot. Patrick Ness plumbed the depths of my psyche and came up with whatever the hell this is. Its wild how simultaneously tight and completely off the rails it is - it gets a bit wobbly in the last 100 pages or so, but not nearly as wobbly as youd expect given the absolute mayhem.

    Im interested to hear different perspectives
    - ̗̀ fantine ̖́-
    He had me in the first half ngl.
    But oof. The second half completely lost me.

    This book felt stuck. Stuck between genres, between audiences, between concepts and ideas.
    Throughout I found myself intrigued, then as I was on the brink of investment the story would change and the idea I thought we were previously exploring was pushed aside as quickly as it had appeared. Nothing about this book feels complete or challenging, it has a shallowness to it that I didnt expect from Ness and am disappointed
    Lazlo Thorn
    Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Dragons, an alternate history, and multiverse theory come together in Burn by Patrick Ness.

    To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website:

    For Sarah Dewhurst and her father, hiring a dragon to help out on their farm in 1957 isn't shocking, but it's still something they aren't particularly keen to advertise as it's more common for the poorer farmers to do. The dragon they receive, Kazimir, is a bit of a rarity, a blue instead of a red, which means
    Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Wonderfully crafted and totally immersive, this is a brilliant book that diverted me completely and that I didn't want to put down. I can't resist saying that I burned through it ;-)

    It is 1957 in rural Oregon and Sarah Dewhurst and her taciturn father wait to meet the dragon they have hired to clear the new field at their struggling farm. The dragon turns out to be a rare Blue and while it appears that he works for a sliver of gold, his real reason in something else entirely. Sarah's family farm
    Name Chris
    Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2020
    Their farm might be able to eek out enough money to keep going if a few more acres could be cleared, so Sarahs dad decides to hire a dragon. Dragon labor is legal but unpopular in 1950s western Washington state, making biracial Sarah even more of a target for racist bullies. Meanwhile, Malcolm, highly trained as an assassin by a Canadian dragon-worshiping cult, is traveling to find Sarah and fulfill a prophecy that may bring about the end of the world. Amazing world building and the geography of ...more
    Kadi P
    Feb 28, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: and-im-waiting
    Dear Patrick Ness,
    I gotta be straight with you. I've never liked any of the books you've written that I've read BUT I'm prepared for this to be the first one! It sounds good. And honestly my shelves are surprisingly lacking books about prophecy-wielding dragons and that is an unacceptable hole in my shelf that we must fill immediately. I eagerly await this book and hopefully it's good.

    I'll just leave this cute sneezing baby dragon here and discretely slip out the back...
    Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I was unable to resist the pull of the all-consuming new novel Burn, by Patrick Ness. It's set in an alternate version of 1950's America, where dragons have always coexisted alongside humans in an uneasy truce. And while some things in this version are very different, others are very much the same: people are still racist, homophobic and are still living in a constant state of Cold-War tension. All this and there's also a race between dragons and cultists to stop a terrifying prophecy from ...more
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

    I could review this properly, but it's really not necessary. It's a perfectly good book. It's well written, it has tons of characters that are pretty well-developed (especially given the amount of space they have, seeing as there's so much crammed in), there's a good narrative, it's fast paced and doesn't get bogged down in unnecessary boring world building, the various "issues" (homophobia, racism) were pointed without being too ham-fisted and it was generally very engaging.

    But really,
    Alexandra Pearson
    Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I enjoyed this book from the start, but it wasn't until halfway through, when everything goes really crazy, that I started thinking it might be a 5 star book. It goes in directions I really didn't see coming, and manages to really develop characters and the world really organically, while keeping up the pace of the story.

    I'm just really praying for a follow up, because I desperately need to know what happens next!

    Patrick Ness is a genius and Burn once again proves why he is one of the finest
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    Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for Englands Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

    He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Childrens Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the

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