I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Burn Out by Kristi Helvig. Check out my thoughts about this novel below and enter to win a copy of your own.
Pages: 272 pages
Series: Burn Out #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
What I Liked--
She was likable. She's strong and feisty. She doesn't trust easily or give in easily--as she should be, being practically the last girl on a burned out Earth. She did have her flaws though (like her refusal to accept help, her mooning over the hot boy) and sometimes she crosses the line between snarky and bitchy. But she's a bad-ass and I want her on my side in a survival situation.
It moved quickly, there was plenty of action and drama, and I kept wanting to know what's going to happen next. It was entertaining.
I did not see it coming. It surprised me. It ended in kind of a cliffhanger but it doesn't leave you feeling cheated. It does make you want the next book right away.
Suspending of my disbelief:
Many of the pseudo-science and tech explanations and reasoning didn't sit well with me. I'm just not convinced that it all made sense (like the surviving in oven hot temperatures with just one cup of water a day, among other things) and I had to make myself not think too hard.
Tora was too easily distracted by the James. It wasn't insta-love but her mooning and giddiness over how hot he was, his muscles, his sweat, etc. when her attention should've been on more pressing things (like her survival) got kind of annoying. And James was just blah to me.
While I did have my issues with it, it was a fairly quick, easy read for me. The romance and science part of it wasn't my favorite but it had an exciting plot that was well-paced and entertaining. Pick it up at your library (or, enter to win a copy below!).
Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. She muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics on her blog. Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.
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