Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Interview & Review: Burn by Julianna Baggott
Since I began reading this series I have been eagerly awaiting each new instalment to find out what happens next. I was lucky to get an e-copy of Burn from the USA publisher and made a start on reading it as soon as possible. I don't usually mention both publication dates in my reviews, but the lovely people at Headline in the UK sent me a physical copy of this book too, so to acknowledge their book I am adding in or UK date too.
I have been looking forward to reading Burn since I finished Fuse. Reading this series and then this book I never knew what the final outcome would be, and how it would happen. Each page I read only brought me closer to the end result, the end of this series, but what a journey it was. I was kept guessing over what would happen, who would make it, and who wouldn't. Wondering which faces we would get to see again and which ones would become a distant memory. Julianna certainly knows how to keep you reading and guessing, wanting to know more. While I did initially struggle trying to remember what had happened in the first few pages of Burn, I quickly found where I was up to and easily fell back into place.
Throughout Burn some characters really step up to the plate, and we get to see a completely different side to them, they are stronger, tougher, and willing to risk a whole lot more in order for their side to succeed. The lengths some of the characters go to, both in journey but also in themselves is amazing, for some of them it is like a whole new character has taken their place, yet they still hold qualities that keep us familiar with them, letting us see how far they have come.
Burn has action, love, loss, and excitement, but also makes you hate some characters that have their own little schemes to get what they want. Each new chapter brings a new problem or solution to the journey for the Pures and the Wretches and some characters take things a bit too far to get what they want.
The ending of Burn was not what I expected, although I'm not sure how I expected it to end, and I thought it was very fitting for some of them involved to get what they deserved. There was one character's end that I did not like, but looking back on it and taking into consideration who it was, I really do think this was the better option for themselves.
Julianna took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for me.