A futuristic blend of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans’s Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.
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.
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
From the very beginning, I appreciated Tora.
I didn’t always love her, but I appreciated her.
For the most part, I had a good relationship with her. While at times the choices she made or ideas that she harbored annoyed me, I still appreciated the person she had to be to protect her father’s weapons and herself. Helvig was truly able to create a character that was shaped by her own experiences and for that, I was impressed by Tora. Plus, I liked the dry humor and sarcasm brought into BURN OUT through Tora’s voice. It lightened up the often times serious mood to this book.
But despite how much I was impressed by Tora’s character, the other characters were what really ruined BURN OUT for me.
I couldn’t figure James out. Out of all the characters, I wished he were fleshed out more–though I did wish that all of them were brought more in depth. Then there was Britta and Markus. Britta was a complete brat from the beginning. But Markus had potential as a character. For the first half of BURN OUT, he had a great start as a villain. However, right in the middle both Markus and Britta seemed to have complete turn-arounds as characters.
Bits and pieces to BURN OUT confused me as well. Sometimes I’d have to go back to figure out what exactly was going on. I also didn’t think that there wasn’t enough to Kale’s story and purpose. I felt like there was more that could’ve added to it. The book was just short that while I liked how it was fast paced and a quick read that packed a lot of info into it, I just needed more from both the plot and context.
Overall, I would recommend this read–but approach with caution. I love the science fiction elements here, but it was a lot more romance-directed than I would’ve liked. However, the plotline and story here were good and while I disliked the characters, I think there’s a lot of potential to be had here with this series. 2.5 stars.
pg count for the ebook: 272
series: Burn Out
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