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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

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"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)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606844792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606844793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy writer. You can find her musing about space monkeys, Star Trek, and other random topics on her blog. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, kids, and behaviorally-challenged dogs. Find out more about Kristi at www.kristihelvig.com.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on May 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
3.5 - 3.75 Stars

Okay, let me start by saying BURN OUT was NOTHING like I thought it was going to be at all! But I still really enjoyed it, a lot! I went into BURN OUT thinking it was going to be something totally different then what it was. But I was pleasantly surprised that even though it wasn't what I excepted it to be, it was still pretty terrific!

That being said, I still did have a couple issues with BURN OUT. The first issue was that they're was a lot going on and a ton of secrets being kept from everyone, and no where near enough answers revealed. I felt the book could of been longer and add more to the story and it would of easily of made my rating a 4 or even a 4.5. It ended abruptly, with hardly any explanation to what the hectic was going on, and who could be trusted and who couldn't. Because they're was some surprising events that unfold in this novel, but when you get to the end, you still don't know why they happened, or who is the "Good guy & the Bad guy" so to speak. So if it would of explained more of the reasoning behind some of the events in the main plot, and if I was able to get a better feel of who I should like and who I should hate, then it would of probably turned out to be at least a 4 star review for me!

On a better note... Kristi Helvig has crafted one girls fight to honor her fathers last wish, and to save humanity from suffering the same horrible fate her father did by the corrupt government, and to try and stay true to herself, while getting the hell off the giant sun drenched fire-ball planet called earth...alive!

THE PLOT...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Serenissima on May 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If Hans Solo were a 17-yr-old girl, he might look something like Tora Reynolds. She's a wise-cracking, gun-slinging survivor, who may be the last person on Earth. This is one of those I'm-just-gonna-read-one-more-chapter-before-bedtime books that keeps you up way later than you planned. Page-turner-y action all the way through.

Now, when do we get the sequel?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Kris on May 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Before I get into how much I like this book, I have to thank author Kelsey Ketch for the recommendation. I sincerely appreciate the heads up, and she was right: this book is great!
Like all good Science Fiction, Burn Out is innovative, entertaining, fast paced, and unpredictable. The action scenes are vividly written, the advanced technology is realistic, and the plot is captivating. Kudos to Ms. Helvig on a job very well done. Her first novel deserves all the praise it has received since its release last month.
I really like Tora’s character – she is resilient and brave and smart and honest. She’s also grieving and vulnerable and confused and flawed. She’s taking life one day at a time when Markus and Co. descend upon her home. Her dismal future takes a dangerous turn as she is forced to join their quest for revenge. After years of solitude, she has to interact with the other survivors – but is it really an united front or just every many for himself? Some characters you love to hate and some you hope are better than they appear on paper. As a reader, it was gripping to never really know who Tora could trust. The surprises are exciting and frustrating; stolen moments expose just as much as betrayals.
The world building is, in my opinion, stellar. In real life, out sun is scheduled to become a “red giant sun” about a billion years from now. In Burn Out, the author depicts Earth after this event occurs way, way ahead of schedule (in 300 years). All plant and animal life dies from extreme temperatures and dehydration. Heat-resistant technology and global water conservation prolonged human life, but when we meet Tora, we see it is not much of an existence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sophi Frost on May 14, 2014
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To sum up how I felt about this book, I can only say - where's the sequel, Kristi Helvig?
I am very impressed with the world that Kristi Helvig built, and all the devices that were required to maintain life. I fell in love with Tora's backstory, and personally a well built back story truly is the core of a book. I felt like I knew her family and admired her father and his attempt to prevent his inventions from falling into the wrong hands.
The character development was amazing. Tora is kick butt and vulnerable. James is a man of mystery and a hunk, but I am not sure how I feel about him. Markus reminds me of Han Solo from Star Wars or Malcolm Reynolds from Fire Fly. I was nervous about the introduction of Alec so late in the book, but with Lucy tagging along - you just knew he was a sweet guy. That leaves Kale and he is seems to be shaping up into a perfect villain.
This is a great read. Thank you, Kristi Helvig!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OpheliasOwn VINE VOICE on April 22, 2014
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The sun sustains our life, but if it were just a smidge closer to us, it could be the death of our delicate little planet. In Kristi Helvig's Burn Out, the planet is a scorched wasteland, but one girl refuses to give in.

Tora Reynolds is the only one left on earth. The sun was knocked closer to earth and has become a Red Giant, burning everything in its wake. Her father, a weapons developer for the government, made sure they would have a safe place to hide for when things eventually went bad (really bad). He planned to protect the whole family, but when her mother and sister died out in the sun, it was just him and Tora. Until his final meeting with the people who wanted their guns didn't go so well. Now, in an underground bunker full of the most dangerous weapons on earth, space, and everything in between, she imagines she will last here for a while, but she has a bottle full of pain pills for Plan B in case everything falls apart.

When Markus, a family "friend," shows up looking to trade with Tora, she turns him down. His deal, the weapons for a ride off the scorched hell hole that Earth has become, is tempting, but she won't let anyone get their hands on those guns and ruin yet another planet. He isn't happy about being turned down, and he returns with a band of mercenaries ready to take the guns from her by force. Tora knew her father trusted Markus, but she was always skeptical about his loyalty. Now that he is ready to kill her for being between him and the guns, she knows her instincts were right. But the idea of a planet with abundant water is very tempting. First things first. If Tora is going to make it to the new planet, she is going to have to trust someone else, but that isn't all that is standing in her way.
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