BURN OUT by Kristi Helvig


Age Range: 12 - 16
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In an unrecognizable future, the sun has ballooned to epic proportions, leaving the Earth charred, desiccated and nearly vacant, as a teenage girl tries to hold on to her sanity and secrets.

Tora Reynolds, the daughter of a famous weapons developer, spends her days isolated in an underground bunker with nothing to keep her company but a cache of deadly weapons and the whir of machines that purify her air and water. The Earth has become a monstrously inhospitable place, with an angry sun that has shriveled the land to dust and rendered it impossible for humans to venture outside without a sunsuit for protection. When Tora is unexpectedly approached by Markus, a friend of her father’s with a disreputable past, she is cast into a dangerous game in which Markus’ group and the oppressive Consulate vie for access to her deadly arsenal. Through Markus, she meets James, a handsome and dangerous boy who at any moment could as easily kiss her as kill her. Faced with the responsibility of her father’s legacy, she must decide how to save the weapons and herself. Tora is whip-smart and sharp-tongued, and though she possesses enough munitions to blow up a spaceship, her sarcasm is by far her most useful tool. Helvig builds a rock-solid future world and provides enough staggering plot twists and turns to keep pages flying to the gut-wrenching cliffhanger.

A scorching series opener not to be missed. (Science fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: April 8th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60684-479-3
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Egmont USA
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2014


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