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 deadlier 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. 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.
I really enjoyed this book! I wasn't expecting to read it, but when I finished another book on my nook, it cleared up space on the reading bar, and this one popped up, and yeah, I'd been meaning to read it sometimes, so yeah, I started to read it!
Tora has not had it easy! First her mom and sister die just outside their home-and it's sad, when we find out why-and then the government kills her dad. And then she was left alone, thinking she was the only one alive on Earth.
And then Markus, and a gang of a few others, go looking for the guns, which her dad made for the government, supposedly for peace-keeping, but there was a sinister purpose to it it, which is why her dad moved them out to an isolated bunker-and why they killed him-because he didn't want them to get their hands on the guns! So he made sure that it was only Tora's frequency that could operate the guns. And then it turns out that James has the same frequency as Tora. Which kinda sucks for everyone!
A funny thing about this, is that when I was reading it, I thought it was longer than it was-because there were over 500 pages in the file. And as I was reading it, it finished, and I looked through-there were 2 copies of the book in the ARC. So cute!
Really enjoyed this book, can't wait for the sequel, which has some twists right in it's synopsis! I can't wait!
Author: Kristi Helvig
Series: Burn Out #1
Read: November 2nd, 2014
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a 2014 Dystopia Book, DAC book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Published: April 8th 2014