Burn by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Bolinda Audio/Walker Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Narrator: Janice Abbott-Pratt
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes
Publication Date: 7th May 2020
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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 and she must escape the clutches of Malcolm, an assassin from a Believer Cell, the dragon-worshiping cult. When Sarah, Malcolm, and Kazimir eventually converge, they are thrown into another universe, where dragons seem never to have existed. Can they save this world and the one they left?”
My Thoughts & Review
Burn was an interesting read. On one hand I liked it and on the other I struggled. I’ve waited a while to write my thoughts on this book and they are still a bit jumbled.
It took me some time to get into this book. the writing felt original and interesting but at the same time rushed. The plot was fast paced with multiple twists that I wasn’t expecting, but at times it felt like I was reading separate stories which felt confusing and disjointed, especially at the beginning of the book.
Another issue I had with this book was the characters. Well not the characters themselves but the amount of them. I found there were too many of them and found it difficult to follow the multiple point of views especially when they were in different time zones. On a positive Patrick Ness has done a pretty good job with diverse representation.
I think Burn would make a pretty awesome movie.
Burn was a bit of a strange read for me but overall I would say I neither loved it nor hated it. This was only my second Patrick Ness the first being A Monster Calls, which I loved so I will be trying some more books from him in the near future. I definitely recommend the audiobook, as I think if I had read it physically I may have struggled to finish it and also the narrator did a great job.
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