Series: Stray #2
Author: Monica Hesse
Publisher: Hot Key books
Publication Date: Feb 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Lona Sixteen Always is about to become Lona Seventeen Always, but she isn’t feeling much older or wiser. Unlike Fenn and the rest of the Path strays, she is struggling to move on with her life. How can she look to the future when she knows almost nothing about her past? Lona feels like everyone’s pressuring her to become ‘normal’ – even her beloved Fenn – and on top of this, she’s been having strange, violent dreams. It almost feels like someone’s trying to send her a message…
Lona’s dreams turn out to be memories – clues hidden inside Lona by her mother, who Lona always assumed was lost to her forever. But she isn’t lost at all: she’s being held captive by Harm – emotionless, psychotic, murderous Harm – and she’s desperate for Lona to find her. But can Lona work it all out in time? And why does Harm need Lona’s mother? In the bid to find out who she really is, Lona will fall headlong into a trap far more dangerous and cunning than she could ever have imagined. The Path was just the beginning.
REVIEW BY LAYLA – YEAR 8
Burn is about a sixteen year old girl called Lona who has been part of a science project all her life. The science project was called ‘Julian Path’ because the children who are part of it live in pods and watch the life of a man called Julian. As all of the children there are abandoned, when Lona leaves, she goes searching for her real parents.
Although the story is written in 3rd person, Monica Hesse manages to portray Lona’s feelings very well. Monica steps into Lona’s shoes and talks about her thoughts and feelings about the whole situation. As Lona’s thoughts and feelings were always so clear, it made it easier to understand what she was experiencing.
The plot was always moving- there was always something happening, so I was easily absorbed by the story. This made it very interesting and enjoyable to read. I read the book quickly because I always wanted to find out what would happen next. The plot is very good because it’s as if it’s slowly building up a puzzle as Lona finds out information about who her parents are.
Another thing that I liked about the book was that Monica Hesse thought about how Lona’s search for her parents affected her friends. Part of the story is also about what her friends think about her looking for her parents and how they react to some of the problems they face.
Something which made the story more interesting was that Monica Hesse told most of the story from Lona’s point of view, but some of it was from Lona’s mum’s point of view. Seeing where Lona’s mother was and what was happening to her deepend the mystery still. The fact that the plot got more interesting as I went through the book made it very hard to stop reading because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
I found that towards the end of the book that there was an interesting twist as to what I thought was going to happen, which made the ending more interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Burn.