Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Review: Burn Out (Burn Out #1) Kristi Helvig

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Title: Burn Out (Burn Out #1)
Author: Kristi Helvig
Publication: April 8th 2014 by Egmont USA
Book Description:
Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even deadlier than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

My Thoughts:

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. The blazing sun becomes unbearable and people are striving to survive. Tora lives by herself, secluded and away from the consulate. Protecting her father’s inventions is her top priority. Once it falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to dangerous supremacy and huge disaster. Will she be able to protect herself and her father’s inventions, now that many wants it for power?

The world-building is astounding. It is movielike and easy to dive into. Once you immerse yourself inside the book, you won’t stop reading. It is fast-paced not to the point of stumbling. I also like how she writes. The story is easy to comprehend and she makes it suspenseful too. I keep on guessing the people Tora could really trust, but ends up being surprised. 

What I also enjoy is the action scenes, it’s very unpredictable. There’s blood and lots of killing.

The character-building is good. They are all charismatic and likable. I was able to connect with Tora, the main character. Her emotions are raw and can be felt by the readers. As for the villain, you won’t be able to guess who the wrongdoer is really. Since you won’t know who can be trusted yet as the story continues. Also, the assortment of characters made this book memorable.

 As for the romance-angle, No insta love here, which made me really happy. Since I hate love at first sight. Tora’s relationship is a bit rocky due to the given situation. But there were some scenes that gave butterflies in my stomach. The ending left me with an open mouth.

The book ended with a cliff-hanger –haha- Making me hungry for more.

Overall, Burn Out is a good read for Post-apocalyptic and action lovers. Book two please!  

I give this book 5 Whales


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