The Burn

The Burn

by Annie Oldham

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The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right.

She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011539749
Publisher: Annie Oldham
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Series: Burn , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 370,200
File size: 557 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Away from her writing, Annie is the mother of the most adorable girls in the world, has the best husband in the world, and lives in the hottest place in the world (not really, but Phoenix sure feels like it).

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The Burn 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Had to overlook that the action scenes were a bit unrealistic like surviving major injury inflicting events, repeatedly, but that is "Hollywood". Written well and kept my attention riveted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I was astounded with the writing. Recently ive been trying to find dystopian/post apoclyptic books. I have just finished arena one and arena two by Morgan Rice. Those books were great. I highly reccomend them. All in all i loved this book.
Books4AlvinArt More than 1 year ago
This is a good read.. I hope the author will write more books like this
FictionalCandy More than 1 year ago
The world as we know it is destroyed. In an effort of survival and moving on, people – scientists – set up colonies to live in… in the ocean on the ocean floor. Life in the colonies is planned and watched. There is barely any room for self choice. Even your meals are planned. There’s no pollution, very little crime, and for the most part people seem happy. But one person isn’t. Terra is a 16 year old girl, the daughter of The Speaker (basically like the governor. Right here I want to point out the cleverness in this story. I mean, sure you will read it (the cleverness) throughout, but just in Terra’s name – land – you know she isn’t mean to live in the ocean. Well done. I really appreciate little things like that. Attention to detail goes a long way. It is approximately one hundred years after WWIII. And Terra has heard about The Burn, land that has been ravaged since The Event, her entire life. She wants to get out of the ocean, the never-ending blackness beyond the windows, the blind fish that bump into the windows. They are a poor substitute for birds, which she has never seen. Terra decides she is going to get out. And there are plenty of sacrifices she must make to do so, but so great is her need to be free that she makes the sacrifices and goes forth. Honestly, if it were me, I don’t think I could make the same sacrifices. I’d like to think there was a different way, there had to be. I would have liked to have kept her choice as a last resort. But then I’ve never been captive in what amounted to a bubble in the sea. Who is to say what you would or wouldn’t do? Just because your captor keeps you clean and well taken care of doesn’t mean that its good for you, right? I suppose that extreme situations and adrenalin can cause an emotional flood – but the quick bond between Dave and Terra on The Burn kind of didn’t sit well with me. It just didn’t seem, I don’t know, right. She can’t tell him the whole truth, and he just seems a bit confused. He doesn’t seem to be as in control of himself as I’d like to see, for someone who is the unspoken leader of their group. It’s hard for me to remember that these people are teenagers. That’s not because of the story, the author does an extremely good job of painting the picture. I just think that I was looking for a bit more in terms of Dave. Her inexperience at lying creates problems, and he just accepts what she says even though it clearly isn’t true. The joys of being young and not having the experience that’s needed to detect lies. Generally I found this story to be a fascinating story of what is to come. Annie Oldham set the scene flawlessly, in both the water and on land. New America (The United States) is exactly what Terra was taught her whole life, and it is clearly and rawly shown. From the beauty and simplicity of the colonies, the harsh reality of life on The Burn, you completely feel you are right there with Terra experiencing everything. The people Terra meets are quick to accept her, just as she was told they would be. They are an instant new family, and it is easy to be with them. At least for a bit. That doesn’t take long for it to change. And ultimately I believe Terra made the right choices each step of the way since she arrived on The Burn. She is a strong young woman, a wildcard in the colonies, but she is going to quickly come into her own when she is on land. She has a lot to learn, but I believe she will do it w
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent post apocalypse story. Would love to see a sequel.
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
The Burn is a dystopian that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. To what once was the United States is now New America (aka The Burn) a hundred years after The Event. People will do anything to survive and it is illegal to have a gun or live outside of the government controlled cities. Medical supplies and food are given out once a month and people will fight or even kill to get some. Everyone has a tracker put inside their arm/wrist so they can be tracked by the government. Under the ocean is an entirely different world, The Colonies. They were formed by scientists after The Event. People up on The Burn just know The Colonies as stories. This is where we first meet Terra. She does not like living below the ocean where everything is controlled. She learns about The Burn in school from her teacher Mr. Klein. She has always dreamed of what it would be like to live on land where she could do what she wants. Her family and friends think she is crazy to be thinking this way. She will make a huge sacrifice to leave The Colonies. Once on The Burn she saves someone's life. She also quickly finds out how people really live on The Burn and just how dangerous life here is. Terra is taken in by a group of people who live outside the cities hidden inside of an old abandoned school. While some trust her many do not. She must learn to adapt to life here fast or risk being captured and put in a work camp or ending up dead. The story was well written, descriptive but not overdone and the characters were as likable as they could be due to their circumstances. Terra's sacrifice to leave The Colonies for The Burn was really gross to me and made my stomach turn. I was glad when that scene was over. The story is fast paced with lots of action and suspense. There is twist at the end that leaves the reader wanting to know what is going to happen next. I know I do! This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This story has alot of potential. It keeps up a good pace and doesn't get too mushy. There could of been a little more action but then again, I'm not a writer. This story reminded me alot of the "Little Mermaid" story. Huge amount of similiar things. Over all a good story and I hope to see a book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant explain how many feelings i had for this entire trilogy. I cried many times while reading them, was laughing when one of the characters pulled a funny joke, happy when jack and terra were together, and angry when the soldiers treated the citizens badly. I loved the series and would read it again anytime. I wish there would be more books in the series. Thank you annie oldham for making the best series ive read in a while. Ive spent most of my summer just reading your books. Fantastic job, the writing you used was beautiful, not sure how to explain it but wow is all i can say. Thanks again!
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The Burn has a neat plot for teen readers. I would reccomend for young readers. A little blood but not as much as The Hunger Games.
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livelife More than 1 year ago
The Burn quickly became one of my favorite dystopian/post-apocalyptic reads. It's intense, emotional, suspenseful, and full of life. If you are a fan of Article 5 by Kristen Simmons, Legend by Marie Lu, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Blood Red Road by Moira Young, and/or Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi don't miss this one! Annie's world building in The Burn is exquisite. Every detail was thought of and the image in my mind, while not beautiful with rainbows and butterflies, is real and scary and concrete. The New America, the result of nuclear fallout and a raging World War III, is filled with darkness and misery. The people are fighting for their lives and trying to live a well life at any cost. The government has installed trackers in the citizens and they monitor their every move. It's barbaric and draining, this future is cruel and there are others who have escaped this reality and live a life under the water. Last week I reviewed Annie Oldham's book, Bound, the difference in the two stories is remarkable. Her writing is fluid and the voices, style, and touch she puts on each is unique. Both feature a lot of action and a lead girl who goes through immense changes throughout each story. But, The Burn really took hold of me. There are enough shock inducing parts of this story to keep the reader's eyes glued to the book until the last page. In the Colony under the ocean, where Terra is raised, she is trapped and dreams of the world above. Kind of made me think of The Little Mermaid (I really felt that way when she surfaces, read the book to see why). She finds someone she trusts and learns how to escape to The Burn. Even though she is warned that the world isn't stable, she still risks everything and sacrifices something dear to her, to make the journey herself. Her will is admirable, but her self preservation may be a little lacking. She's a brave girl, whether she admits it to herself or not, and is a strong character. The Burn could easily be the beginning to an amazing series or a stand alone novel that is just as fantastic. Annie Oldham is an awesome writer and imaginative story teller with a lot to say. She builds up intense plots with unforgettable settings and I can't wait to read more of her work. Thank you so much to Annie Oldham for the opportunity to read this one and Bound. Both are wonderful reads that I hope I have convinced everyone to check out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading SF books for 65 years. "The Burn" is one of the best. Wasn't thrilled with the ending, but it was an honest and satisfying one. (I'm a person who always likes movies and books that have a happy ending!)
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twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Terra and her family lives below the ocean in a Colony built by the finest biologists and scientist of the world over a hundred years ago. In school, she learns about The Burn; life above the water on land that was destroyed by multiple nuclear bombs. He teaches them of destruction, fighting, and anarchy of a crumbling government. But Terra sees more than what the teacher shows. She sees a new way of life, a life full of light unlike the dark ocean bottom she sees every day. Terra sees freedom most of all. So when Terra is offered a chance to escape the colony and flee to New America, she takes it. But she must sacrifice much in order for this once in a lifetime chance. Is life on The Burn everything she thought it would be or exactly what her teacher and father warned her about? Was Terra¿s idea of freedom worth the sacrifice she took? I wasn¿t real sure how I would feel about this book when I started it, but I was quickly absorbed into the story. The author described everything so well the places and feelings were so vivid in my mind. The sacrifice that Terra made is something I don¿t think I could have ever done. And she did it without hesitation. She truly is a brave girl who knew what she wanted. I really felt sorry for Terra as she made the decision to leave her family for The Burn. She had no idea what awaited her there but knew it had to be better than the confines of the Colony. I enjoyed the other characters as well. Dave, Nell, Red were all so great to her when they took her in. I can¿t say I could relate to them, seeing as I have never had to fight every day for my survival. But hearing most of their backgrounds, they became more personal to me. I really cared what happened to each one of them. The Burn was a fast paced read that grabbed my attention from the start and only got better as the story unfolded. The ending leaves you to believe the author will continue on with Terra's story...we can only hope! I love a good dystopian book and this one delivered.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A little sci fi, a little dystopian mixed with a lot of heart. I was completely intrigued by this other world or two worlds that Oldham created, she mixed current events to create the happenings that absolved the US and helped to create her underworld. With an element of humanity as the center of this book, Oldham makes the reader think twice about how our world and government is made up and how easily it could all change. We are each affected by our surroundings and upbringings and what if we knew there was more that was right around the corner and would you stick with what is or always wonder with what could be. The violence fit into the story without being too much gore, although if you have a queasy stomach you may want to rethink when you read this one. If you are a fan of dystopian with a twist, this book is definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What i was able to read of this book was great, well written, smart. About a quarter of the way in however, the main character has her tongue cut out, graphiclly. I have read so many dystopian novels i have lost count, all of them had some gore, but this was different. I could not finish the book. I wish one of the reviews had said something, i could have saved my self some upset. So i hope my review helps someone else. Well written but not for those with weak stomachs.