Author: Kristi Helvig
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 Rating of this Book – 5 out of 5 stars
I predict Burn Out will be voted the best debut novel of 2014! It’s action-packed, mixed with the right amount of romance and suspense for any young adult novel. I, personally, fell in love right from page one.
If you are a fan of science fiction such as Firefly, you’re going to enjoy the plot and characters of this novel. It’s just as diverse and adventurous, yet completely unique in its own way. I never knew who to trust or who to side with. Like the main character, Tora, I basically had to trust my instincts. And with the plot and the building romance being so intense, my stomach just continued to knot up. Who can I trust? Is it James? Is it Markus? And what about Kale?
Honestly, with how well James is written, I couldn’t help but fall for him, even when my gut and his actions were screaming not to trust him. I was just completely sucked in by the blond medic. I so wanted to be Tora and have James wrap me in his arms and stay there for eternity. And Markus . . . Markus was another one I had a hard time not liking. He reminded me so much of Malcolm from Firefly: both in his actions and in his character. Even when he was an arse, he was just so much fun. The only big difference between him and James was my gut so totally could NOT trust him. Period, end of sentence. No matter how sweet he smiled.
However, to be honest, I was a bit nervous that this book was about to take a wrong turn when Alec was introduced. I was so scared of a love triangle forming, something that I now feel is getting old in novels. Besides, I don’t think my heart could take it. Not with my intense feeling for James. It would just kill me!! Fortunately, as I read on, I didn’t sense anything. Which was good. I just hope it stays that way.
To sum up, Burn Out is an excellent read. If you haven’t added it to your TBR lists, I highly recommend that you do. It’s FABULOUS!! ❤ James!
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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.
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