Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Review: BURN by Patrick Ness


Rating: 1/5 stars

DNF at 40%. 

This book was not at all what I expected or wanted it to be. I thought I was going to get a fantastical story about dragons. What I ended up getting was a historical fiction novel set in 1950s America about a poor family who hires a dragon to come work on their farm. 

Dragons were present in this novel, but only marginally; the story was not about them. Instead, this is a political novel about race relations between whites, Blacks, Japanese, and Russians in the 1950s when everyone was scared of Russia and there was a lot of tension between races. I have zero desire to read about any of that. I prefer my fiction lighthearted and fun and not focused on real-world politics and problems. 

I read quite a bit of the book hoping that it would get more enjoyable for me, but it honestly kept getting weirder and weirder, and not in a good way. The plot is . . . nonexistent? I really can't tell you what this book is supposed to be about or what the presumed goal of Ness was in writing this story. It was all just very weird and unenjoyable. 

Ultimately I just have no desire to continue reading Burn because it isn't the kind of story I want to read. This is my second book by Patrick Ness (the first being A Monster Calls) and I haven't enjoyed either of them, so maybe his types of stories and his writing style just don't work for me. I still intend to check out The Knife of Never Letting Go before I make that call for sure, but so far it doesn't look good for him, unfortunately. 

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