Friday, December 30, 2011

The Burn by Annie Oldham

by:  Annie Oldham
published by:  CreateSpace
publish date:  September 27, 2011

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 was a surprisingly good YA dystopian book.  The premise behind this book is that before the world destroyed itself the best and brightest secretly got together and built huge colonies under the ocean.  When the surface world was obliterated, the colonies thrived without anyone knowing. 

Terra desperately wants to leave the colony and find out what it's like to live on the surface world.  With the help of a sympathetic teacher she manages to escape.  However, she finds that she's traded one tough life for an even tougher one.

I'm a fan of YA dystopian so I enjoyed this one but I think it could hold wide appeal.  There were some incidents of violence in it that kind of surprised me and I wouldn't have expected in a book like this.  The Burn would make a great addition to all those new ereaders everyone got for Christmas! 

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