Review & Giveaway: Burn Out

Apr •  22 •  2014

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Review & Giveaway: Burn OutBurn Out by Kristi Helvig
Series: Burn Out # 1
Published by EgmontUSA on April 8th 2014
Genres: Young Adult- Fantasy/Dystopian
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.

Okay, after reading several contemporary reads, I thought it was time for some sci-fi adventure!

Plot: This story is set in the future and it moves pretty fast. From chapter one it moves fast to lots of action and drama. I have to admit that since it did begin pretty fast it gave me a adrenaline rush. I yearned to know more of the world, of what her father was hiding, of who these friends or rather foes are.

Family/Friends: Tora is who heck of a gal. She has a lot of knowledge due to her father and is looking for peace. I like that Tora is strong and fierce. She doesn’t trust most people and watches people closely. In other words, I really liked this girl. She is one person who I would friend right away.

Ending: It shocked me. I thought about half-way through I knew what was happening and then, it changed. WOW, dude. Seriously, I did not expect that and I’m hoping that on the next book there is some explanation as to what exactly happened.

If you want a fast paced, futuristic read, check this book out. It will give you the epic fights, the fast running for your life and more of all an adventure in space. Burn Out is awesome.

I give it 4 BITES!


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  1. Tammy
    Apr 22, 2014

    I already have this on my to-read list. An adventure in space sounds awesome.

  2. Jenny
    Apr 22, 2014

    Sounds like there’s a big twist at the end Savy! It also sounds like there might be a cliffhanger which I’m not a huge fan of, but I do love massive twists so I think that might make up for it:) Thanks for putting this one on my radar!

  3. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Apr 22, 2014

    I didn’t love the sound of the snyopsis, but I do love a book that can surprise me, so maybe I will have to check this one out!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  4. Oh sci-fi! I do enjoy a good one! Love the sound of all the action and the twist I’m now curious about!

  5. Candace
    Apr 28, 2014

    I do like some unexpected twists! This one sounds very interesting. I hadn’t heard much about it before.