Thursday, January 5, 2012
Review: The Burn by Annie Oldham
Title: The Burn
Author: Annie Oldham
Published: Sept. 3, 2011
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.
She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.
The Burn takes place in two different places. We first meet Terra living in the colony that is located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. These colonies are where a lot of people went to escape the world after WWIII destroyed the land. Everything is fine down there... everyone has a vocation, a job, a place to live, and meals are planned for them. However, Terra longs for something more for something different. She longs to live a life on the fascinating Burn.
The Burn is what is left of the lands after WWIII ended. The government controls everyone's food and medical supplies. They track everyone's moves through trackers on their arms. Buildings are destroyed and people often have to fight to stay alive.
When Terra decides to leave the colony for The Burn he soon discovers a group of survivors. She becomes friends with them and stays with them for her first few weeks on The Burn. While there she discovers that this place is a lot more than she thought it was. It isn't as glorious as she pictured it to be. Terra then has to make a decision on what she is going to do the survive and be happy.
The Burn was a great read. It sucked me in from the beginning. I loved that there were two different "worlds"... one in the ocean and one on land. Both worlds are completely different, yet have some similarities. I thought the ocean colonies was a great take on a unique distopian novel.
Terra is an amazing strong hearted and strong willed teenage girl. She cares strongly for those she loves, but knows what she wants and sticks with it. You can easily relate to her and I instantly felt for her. Her struggle is obvious throughout The Burn -- physical and emotional. While reading you are taken on a journey where she is trying to find herself while trying to survive.
Annie Oldham did a beautiful job writing this book. You are hooked in the beginning and taken on an adventure full of love, lust, action, survival, curiosity, and more.
In the end, I would highly recommend it to any dystopian lover. I can't wait to read the sequel that is set to come out sometime this Fall.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
Do you plan on reading it?