Author: Kristi Helvig
Series: Burn Out #2
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 9th, 2015
Date Read: September 18th, 2014
Point of View: Single (Tora)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: Caelia (Fictional World)
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction/Dystopia
In a Nut Shell...
A nice installment to a wonderful series. However, the pace was a little off.
Advance Reader Copy provided by EgmontUSA
I was super excited to read this book because I really loved the prior book in the series, Burn Out (my review posted on GR can be found HERE.) It's sad to say, though, that what I loved about book one which was the fast-paced, action-filled story almost didn't exist in this book. The truth is there indeed was some action, but it pretty much didn't happen until almost the end of the book. So in comparison to the first book, this one wasn't very exciting.
I have never opposed sweet romance; in fact, I love it. But at times the romance in this book was just too much for me. No, it wasn't graphic on the brink of being a porn or anything like that. It just didn't make sense to me. James was very appealing I give you that, but come on, he shot Tora back in book one (let's not justify it by whatever reason on which he decided) and the first reaction when she saw him was just not what I excepted. Like, you shot me, but dammit you are so hot and I love you. It was just wrong. More than that, while being under attack with all the shooting and the killing happening around them, Reed (a new female character) was about to ask if someone liked her (view spoiler). As I said, I love good romance, as much as I liked James and Tora, I so didn't like the romance in this book.
The storyline was alright. I did miss the action and the adventure I read back in book 1, but overall this one wasn't bad either. However, I wish there was more description about the new world because besides some birds, insects and a kind of animals, and some trees and sand, there wasn't anything else about the new world. Back to the storyline, frankly, there wasn't much going on in this book until almost the end, where the action did happen. So it can be concluded that I was a tad disappointed.
I did like some new characters, but some didn't standout. One thing I didn't like where the fact that the author kept repeating how nice and sweet Reed was. One or twice should have been more than enough because the how the character behaved and said would show the reader already how nice she was. I so didn't reminder almost every time the character appeared in the scene.
In short, I liked this book to some extent and how the story ended made me want to read the next book.