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Burn by Patrick Ness


Patrick Ness

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Walker Books Ltd
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 May 2020
ISBN: 9781406375503

An all-consuming story of revenge, redemption and dragons from the twice Carnegie Medal-winner Patrick Ness.

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5 stars out of 5
Philip Womack
8 May 2020

"A young heroine finds danger as well as friendship and hope in a cold war America populated with dragons"

Ness is on tip-top form here, deftly propelling a complex plot. Sarah seems to be at the nexus of a prophecy about the end of the world, and a young assassin named Malcolm, part of a dangerous cult that worships dragons, sets out on her trail; two FBI agents are close behind. Filmic scenes offer striking images: a car flying through the air in the claws of a dragon, a shoot-out straight from Quentin Tarantino.


4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
15 May 2020

"This mature novel for teenagers brilliantly mixes the historical and fantastical . . . plus dragons"

If that sounds mad and complicated, it doesn’t read that way; Ness has great control over his plot and writes beautifully. He is particularly good on exploring our desire to destroy our own world and the possibility of hope for the future — but without sounding like a bank commercial. And that’s really something to get fired up about.