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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,882 ratings  ·  973 reviews
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 to help on the farm

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon,
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Hardcover, 371 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Quill Tree Books
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Christina I'd 3rd that age recommendation. But my recommendation, if you're a concerned parent or guardian of a teen, is always to read it before they have a…moreI'd 3rd that age recommendation. But my recommendation, if you're a concerned parent or guardian of a teen, is always to read it before they have a chance to. It gives you a better idea of what you're getting into. There are definitely deaths and sexual conversations/scenes (agreed with Michael, not of the graphic variety). (less)

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chai ♡
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
Kai
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
I honestly don't know what to do with this book. Finished it yesterday and just couldn't make my mind up about it. It's definitely a Patrick Ness novel in all its originality and weirdness. It reminds me of Release in that two separate stories are being told in one book. And of course, it's gay, even though the blurb might not make it seems that way. My problem, I think, was that there was a disconnect.

I'll try and explain why but I can't guarantee that I'll do a good job. The first thing that
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NReads
Mar 12, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
so dragons are the new wave?
C.G. Drews
I finished this one a few days ago and had to just sit on it a while and collect all my feelings. I truly believe Ness books are always this exquisite mix of the unique, bizarre and heartfelt aching. This one is set in the 1950s and it's strange, so so strange. But honestly enthralling. The mid-point left me utterly breathless. It's one of those books you cannot predict and I actually enjoy being left to the whims of an author instead of guessing how it'll all turn out by the end (I read a lot, ...more
The Burning Rose (Jess)
Feb 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
Patrick Ness + dragons = a wish came true even though I did not ask for it. 😍
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
here's where i would make a joke about his name being "Ness" and writing a book about dragons...

but i got nothing

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Becca & The Books
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Patrick Ness weaves dragons into 1950s rural America in his newest YA release.

I really enjoyed the writing and world of this book, I expected the inclusion of dragons in a somewhat recent historical setting to be quite jarring but I liked how they were woven into the world and learning about the background and political structure of a world that humanity has to share with majestic winged
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Sam
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, read-in-2020, lgbtq
What a unique, different kind of book. But I expect nothing less from Patrick Ness.

I was intrigued when this was first announced, because Patrick Ness + dragons. And then throw in a prophecy about the end of the world, an assassin, and two FBI agents as well. Strange, right? But strange in the best way possible.

I like how Patrick Ness is able to create such diverse casts of characters, and its no different here. For the most part the characters were well developed and felt real. Malcolm was my
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Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish
(ARC provided by NetGalley, my opinions are unbiased)

You never quite know what to expect from Patrick Ness book, leaving me to believe that he is either a robot controlled by several gnomes, or experimenting with different hallucinogenics. Burn is yet again, another unique book, about Dragons. In 50s America.

It's very much the 50s we know, including the racism, but it has dragons it. Somehow this never feels shoehorned in, it just works seamlessly. We have a
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Dannii Elle
Dragons are for sale, but only to those poverty-stricken enough to have no other option than to accept their cheap rates for services and deal with their abhorred race. Sarah and her father own a farm and a rare blue dragon may be their only hope for keeping it. Soon, however, it seems this dragon has been sent to them to perform more than just the clearing of a few fields and may be the only hope for humanitys salvation, in general.

Ness has such a skill for seamlessly blending reality with more
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Bookish Penguin
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, anticipated
It's Patrick Ness. It has dragons in it. So of course I have to read it.
Donna
Jun 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I had to stop reading this book at the two thirds mark which I think is plenty far to be able to judge it without forcing myself to read a page more of it. First, let me say that this is the fifth book Ive read by this author, so I thought I knew what to expect from him. Adding the summary of this book to my expectations, I was ready to read a fantasy story with some depth and social consciousness, one that featured a dragon that might be fearsome, but protective toward a young girl at the ...more
Harley
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
4.5

I love this man beyond words. I know, ironic isn't it?

I had the highest expectations for this book when it was announced, because Patrick Ness and dragons sounded like perfection, and I was scared for it to be anything less. But. I am incredibly happy to announce that this is really how I'd hoped it would be. I feel that the less you know about this book, the better. So all I am here to say is that I enjoyed every element of this novel. All the characters, the pacing, the plot itself, the
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Elizabeth Sagan
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
review coming soon
Matthew
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, favorites, arc
We are in the hands of Goddesses and madmen, Sarah Dewhurst.

Burn is one of those books where I think its best to go into it knowing as little as possible. Its set in an alternate 1950s America during the Cold War and Sarah Dewhursts father has just hired a dragon to help on their farm. The Dragon has motives other than the money he will be paid though, Sarah is mentioned in a prophecy that could mean the end of the world.

Id argue that there isnt really a main character in Burn, it felt to me
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Missie✨
Ok, so I need to start reading more Patrick Ness books. Like, has his books just been hiding from me or...?
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After reading this, I admit I am a little obsessed with dragons. I think a re-binge of "The Dragon Prince" on Netflix is necessary. Or maybe I should re-watch of "How To Train Your Dragon". Toothless is my dream pet, and I won't be satisfied in the pet department until I have one.
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Snjez
Jul 04, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
dnf @ 70%

I'm giving up. It's too heavy and dark for me at the moment.
Mari
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm having a hard time processing this one. The premise was wild and engaging, but the plot was convoluted and confusing. The characters were a little empty to me, and I'm not sure what this story was trying to say. There was some commentary via a bigoted deputy in a small town, but those parts just made me uncomfortable, particularly because we get some of the story from this deputy's point of view, and we're mostly told HE'S ANGRY, SEE? Like sure, anger feeds racism, thanks for sharing, I
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Alayne Emmett
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow this book was fantastic. It read like a thrilling fast moving film, in fact it should be a film!!!!
It took off on page one and didnt let up until the last page. I am devastated that Ive finished it and, as I shut this wonderful book my thoughts were will there be another one? I certainly hope so!!!
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Riley Redgate
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?
bookellenic
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-e-arcs
Full review on my blog.
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3.5/5 rounded up to 4 stars.
Would I suggest you reading it? Yes.

I often want to rate Patrick Ness book slightly more than I end up doing, but I keep on reading his books, so I guess there is something there. I'm just always left... Wanting a bit more.
This time, its message turned out to be eerily prophetic and at the same time displaying patterns and behaviours that have been happening since the dawn of humankind.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

ME:  Eh I don't know if I like dragons, but it's Patrick Ness so let's try.

ME, AFTER: Wow so I love dragons and obviously Patrick Ness.

There is SO much that I loved about this book that I cannot even tell you for the sake of spoilers. Places I did not see things going. And like, it's seriously SO GREAT so can you just trust me? Awesome thanks. Here's what I can tell you:

►Alternate
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charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Sometimes you just have to feel bad about a thing. Sometimes that's the only thing that makes you human.


On my blog.

Actual rating 4.5

Rep: biracial (Black, white) mc, Japanese American mc, gay mc, Guatemalan Canadian gay mc

CWs: period typical racism and homophobia, blood, gore, violence

Galley provided by publisher

It would be fair to say Patrick Ness ranks as one of my favourite authors ever. Im not sure, in the almost ten years Ive been reading his books, Ive ever disliked a book he has
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vatana 🦋
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Bridget
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-bookshelves
Like I always do with a Patrick Ness, I had pre-ordered this and I had some worries going into it because the last couple of books haven't been my faves. I was so hoping he wouldn't disappoint me with this one. And he hasn't. This is a return to form. I think what works best for this author is when he doesn't try to do too much with his stories. This one is a dual storyline but it is way more successful in this novel than in Release. You know that these stories are going to combine and you just ...more
Beckee❤️
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yeah, so I quite enjoyed this. This was my first treasure by Mr Ness and where better to start than with alternative worlds featuring dragons and magic?!
Ashley
Star Rating: > 4 Stars

[This rating keeps changing in my head- I need some time to sit & think on this one.

what a strange, strange,
(still AMAZING though!)
strange,
Oh so difficult to rate, read lol
Patrick Ness has a very eclectic, eccentric, super difficult to rate writing style, soo yeah RTC

Regardless, I realize that that sounds negative, but it is NOT at all. It is just that this is a read that really makes you think, and to inevitably ponder the meaning of life, Lol, as all of Nesss
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Annette
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookbox-books
And once more Book Box Club got me a book that I wouldn't have bought myself. Of course, I had seen this book on the internet already. I know quite a few people who were really looking forward to this one and I came across it while making my wishlist for June. However, for some reason this book didn't really speak to me and I don't know why. Sometimes it happens. I read a blurb and somehow I kinda know that it's not gonna be my new favorite book.

Let me start this review with saying that this is
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Figgy
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This was waiting for me when I got home today, and I just want to get lost in it, but my friend's foster kids are coming to stay with me this weekend... and I'd rather be able to get TOTALLY lost in this and read it in one go if I so choose... than have to start and then stop again... now matter how short the stop is. I just know I won't be able to set aside a solid 8-10 hours of reading time while
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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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