Bloomsbury sent me a copy of Burning in exchange for an honest review. It sounded really interesting and I couldn't wait to read it. The blurb states that it is a mix of Orange is the New Black and Stephen King, and I love both of them. Here's what I thought;
'After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she'll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl's arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?' - Goodreads
CHARACTERS: Dealing with characters in juvie meant that there was a diverse range of characters. Angela was interesting to read about, yet I loved gaining her perspective of the story. She is strong minded and doesn't let others get in the way of what she wants. As Angela's story unfolds and I began to like her even more. I felt sorry for her and all I wanted was for her to be released.
Jessica is another really interesting character and she definitely added to the overall story line. Her character added suspense, mystery and thrill to the story which I really enjoyed.
Other characters such as Ben and Angela's prison friends also help bring out who Angela really is. I didn't expect the slight romance between Ben and Angela. Nothing major ever happened but I really liked it. It was unusual which added to the unusualness of the book.
PLOT / STORY LINE: The plot was good, but it didn't amaze me as much as a thriller usually does. I feel like it could have been a lot creepier and maybe even more interesting. However, there were aspects and different parts of the story that I really liked, and others that I found confusing or hard to follow. The plot definitely made me realise that I would never survive in prison though! From watching OITNB and reading Burning, there are a lot of aspects that freak me out. I know Burning is a work of fiction, but there are prisons that work in ridiculous ways and it makes you realise that there are a lot more things in the world that need to be fixed which we are not aware of.
ENDING: I'm not big on endings with cliff hangers, and unfortunately for me this one ended on a big cliff hanger. I feel like there's going to be a sequel because the ending was left very open. I liked that it adds to the suspense of the book, but now I'm left wondering what happened and what's going to happen next.
RATING: Overall I decided to rate Burning 4.5 stars out of 5. It had similar themes and aspects as 'Carrie' and 'OITNB' which I love, and I recommend reading Burning if you are a fan of either of these.
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