by Patrick Ness
YA Fantasy, Historical Fiction
On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…
Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.
The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.
Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.
I can honestly say I don’t think I could ever be disappointed by a Patrick Ness novel. He is one of those authors that I would buy a new novel from without any hint of hesitation.
With Ness’s incredible 12th novel, he brings us into the world of 1950s America where dragons are the norm and someone is coming for nearly 16 year old Sarah Dewhurst with an ancient prophecy. As always, Ness did not fail to deliver another tale of beautiful heartbreaking emotion weaved with the fantastical elements of his mind.
What I loved most about this book was all the twists. It was clearly a way to structure the book intentionally and I thought it added so much to the story itself—I felt like I was sitting on the edge of my seat every time I was reading this, not knowing what to expect next.
And although it might seem on the surface that Sarah is our main character, that’s far from the truth. We actually have several main characters and what was extraordinary about Ness’s writing with his latest novel was how easily he interlaced more than 10 POV’s throughout this book without finding myself even a tiny bit lost or confused.
I’m a big Ness fan, if you haven’t already been able to tell, but if you’re looking for the book to showcase his amazing storytelling talent to his best ability—then Burn is just that. With a tender LGBTQ romance at its centre, too many plot twists to name, a commentary on 1950s society as well as fully layered characters, Burn is not a book to be missed!