It’s 300 years after an asteroid hit the sun, throwing our planet into the kind of heat that blisters skin after one minute of exposure. Tora, 17, is the only one in her area left alive, and she lives in a bunker, rationing recycled water and waiting until the day it runs out. Then she is assaulted by a gang of roving interstellar traders who want the stash of bioweapons Tora’s dead father created before being killed. When the lot of them are besieged by Consulate ships, Tora and the renegades are forced to form an uneasy alliance. Well, not that uneasy when it comes to “scruffy” (that’s your signal, readers) James. Helvig’s debut is not well served by the constant modern slang and the lust that disrupts Tora’s thoughts even during life-or-death situations. But though the world building is foggy, there’s a pugnacious grit and scrappy energy to the prose, and the general theme—who, if any, of these raiders can be trusted?—will keep readers on their toes until the final pages. Grades 7-10. --Daniel Kraus
"A scorching series opener not to be missed." -- Kirkus
"A smart, suspenseful thriller with surprises at every turn, BURN OUT is one hot read."--Lenore Appelhans, author of THE MEMORY OF AFTER (Level 2)
I read this book because I had received the second book in the series in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan D.
I received Strange Skies (the sequel to Burn Out) on Netgalley and thought that I should get my hands on this book and give it a go before trying instead of starting with the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brittany's Book Rambles
I was really enjoying this book until a couple of the characters' true motives started flip flopping. It felt like the author was making their actions up as she wrote. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CJH
Shifting alliances and desperate circumstances make for an unpredictable, harrowing adventure. Mystery, hidden family secrets, overwhelming odds! This story has got it all. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kristen L-M
I haven’t read a book this good for quite some time. It’s cinematic, enthralling and addicting.
The story started when the earth is no longer habitable. Read more
Smells great and goes on very smooth. Love that it has no aluminum in it.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
You read the synopsis or excerpt for this book and your like great another dystopian novel featuring a strong female lead. I have a couple responses to that.
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Tora felt good at the beginning, I liked her right there , she is suppose to protect some guns that were very dangerous . Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lookingforamusingread
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: This novel was enjoyable, with slight problems, but it left me wanting the sequel after a sudden twist. Read more