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Burn by Patrick Ness, #68 review

Publication date: 2 June 2020

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

Burn is Fantasy written in a Contemporary style which reminds me of the writing style of “A Curse so Dark and Lonely” by Brigid Kemmerer. Except, in Burn, there are more povs written in third person view. The author has a style of cutting scenes at important moments to switch to another scenario. I think it is suppose to create suspense and keep the reader wanting to read more. It did the “reading more” part for me. However, I got annoyed at all the switches that I stopped reading at a point just to rethinking the different outcomes of the plot. At first glance, I thought I would finish the book pretty quickly as the story plot had my interest. However, as I read in, I wasn’t able to get into the book as enthusiastic as I would like given that I heard wonderful things about the author.

The outline of the book seems straightforward enough; a prophecy that determined the fate of the world. The prophecy is introduced at the start of the book, it goes on and on surrounding the different translation and meaning for it. I do have to say that the characters and their roles in the book is throughly thought of. The design of the tale is well…. weird and strange in a way that makes it Patrick Ness’s forte. The many plot twists and unexpected surprises were a delight. I gave up trying to guess what would happen next. I left it all in the writing of Patrick Ness.

I have to praise Patrick Ness for writing about the inequality Asians and Black People face. This is an otherworldly dragon book that is unique (the only word to truly describe it) in the writing that makes it a PatrickNess ONLY story.

Thank you so much to @definitelybooks for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. You can get this book in all good bookstores. #pansing

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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