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.
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Setting teenage angst against a radically different backdrop, Annie Oldham managed to convey a new significance to the classic coming-of-age tale. The dystopian world which resulted is close enough to our own for comparison, and yet it has enough new attractions to get the readers' attention.
I loved the character of Terra. She is complex, fiercly independent, and yet vunerable at the same time. The whole story revolves around her in a very natural fashion.
As Terra begins to make a new life her herself, we explore the world along with her. The reader feels part of the story, and I wanted to reach out and help her several times.
This book is a classic dystopia, and yet much more. I throughly look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
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