Book View: Burn Out

Book View: Burn OutBurn Out by Kristi Helvig
Series: Burn Out #1
Published by Egmont USA on April 8th 2014
Pages: 272
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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 more deadly 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.

She is shocked when James accidentally fires one of her father's bio-weapons--weapons designed to work only for her. She'd felt a strange pull to James from the start, but the odds of someone sharing her energy vibration are statistically miniscule. 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.

shortAfter the sun turned into a “red giant,” Earth became all but inhabitable. In order to save the human race, humanity abandoned the planet for other options. Well, almost all of humanity. Tora and her family stayed. After months together surviving the best they can, Tora is now alone. With her supplies running out, Tora knows that she has one real shot at survival. However, her survival resets on depending on the very men who she is hiding from.

Burn Out is a fantastic read in every sense. From the characters to the plot to the betrayal, I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. I never wanted this one to end.

With all the things that could have gone wrong with Burn Out, it surprisingly always worked out for the best. The romance was a nice balance. Not too over the top. There was a brief love triangle scare, but that too worked out. And the betrayal at the end, while a little expected, was still heart breaking.


Burn Out went way beyond my expectations. Highly Recommended. I need the next installment like NOW!

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