Burn (Paperback)Patrick Ness (author)
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Set in an alternate 1950s America where dragons double as farmhands and sinister conspiracies spread like wildfire, Burn is a story of friendship and bravery in a world on the brink of its own destruction.
Longlisted for the The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021
An all-consuming story of revenge, redemption and dragons from the twice Carnegie Medal-winner Patrick Ness
"On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he'd hired to help on the farm."
This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can't help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn't have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby.
Kazimir knows something she doesn't. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents - and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.
From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a heart-stopping story of fanaticism, hope, bravery and impossible second chances, set in a world on the very brink of its own destruction.
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 343 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 26 mm
Ness is on tip-top form here, deftly propelling a complex plot... Ness shows that although monsters exist in every world, there are many more who wish to overcome them; and that even in the smoking ruins of civilisation, there is room for hope. * The Guardian, Book of the Day *
Award-winner Ness excels himself in this powerful allegory about a rare, fire-breathing dragon whose arrival on a mid-western U.S. farm in the Cold War 1950s incites an FBI chase, a time-slip family drama, a love story and an expose of the racist, homophobic and sexist attitudes of the time. Incendiary stuff. * The Daily Mail & The Scottish Daily Mail *
Ness's latest YA blockbuster follows prophecies of Armageddon in a world where dragons are real, prejudice bites and teens find love across the divides. * The Guardian *
PREJUDICES - racist, sexist and homophobic - underpin this extraordinary story set in 1957, during the increasingly tense Cold War. Enter dragon-worship cults, a hired assassin, FBI agents, a time-slip love story... FABULOUS in every sense of the word. * The Daily Mail *
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