Hello lovelies 🙂 Today, I’m wishing the happiest of book birthdays to Patrick Ness and Burn! Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors and this book was one of my most anticipated of the year. Huge thanks to Walker Books for providing me with a free ARC to review!
In 1956 Sarah Dewhurst’s father shocks her by hiring a dragon to work the farm. The dragon is a smaller blue rather than the traditional larger reds, though even the reds are now scarce. When the blue dragon, Kazimir, unexpectedly saves Sarah and her friend Jason Inagawa from the attentions of the racist police deputy, Kelby, everything changes. Sarah is part of a prophecy and she must escape the clutches of Malcolm, an assassin from a Believer Cell, the dragon-worshiping cult. When Sarah, Malcolm, and Kazimir eventually converge, they are thrown into another universe, where dragons seem never to have existed. Can they save this world and the one they left?
I have never read a Patrick Ness book that I didn’t love. And I’m delighted to say that this one was no different. It reminded me of that magical feeling I got when I read the Chaos Walking trilogy. There is just something about this author’s writing that I connect with so much. Ness has that rare ability to make you feel like you are being told a story by a friend but at the same time capturing that old mythology feeling. I honestly don’t know how to put it into words – but I love it.
Ness is fantastic at creating characters. As a reader, I love to hate his villains and find it fascinating to see how they justify their actions as ‘righteous’. Equally, the heroes in a Patrick Ness book are always a joy to root for. When reading Burn, I felt so invested in the lives of Sarah and crew, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. In saying that though, nothing is merely black and white, and I loved how Ness used parallel worlds to show how there is always more to a person than meets the eye.
One of the things I love about this author’s books is that there is always something a little bit out of the ordinary. And in this case, it’s DRAGONS. But not just any old dragons. I can’t say any more because this is really a book you need to experience for yourself! Seriously though, I genuinely cannot stress enough how much I loved this storyline. There were plot twists in abundance that I honestly didn’t see coming. It just had everything I could have wanted and I didn’t want it to end. Please go read it, and experience this brilliant story for yourself!
Are you a fan of Patrick Ness? If so, which of his books is your favourite? Is this one on your TBR? Let me know in the comments! x