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- '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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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...
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, ...more
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 ...more
He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Childrens Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the ...more