I received this book for free from Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Written by Marianne de Pierres
Published March, 2011 by Random House
Provided by: Random House Australia
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Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom. But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.
When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?
Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?
Burn Bright is absolutely raw and intoxicating. Set in a world of dark intrigue and deadly secrets, the book offers non-stop twists and turns with a brilliant lead character!
Burn Bright JUST missed out on garnering a complete 5-star rating from me. The first quarter of the book was alright, but the action definitely picked up from then on. The end was absolutely amazing and I find myself wanting the second in the series, Angel Arias, RIGHT NOW!
I can’t make up my mind on the best part of Burn Bright. To me, it’s either the relationship between Retra/Naif and Lenoire, or the part the gangs in Ixion play. I find myself imagining Ixion as some kind of deadly theme park; one that’s always night and where the rides never shut down. I thought the network of kars and stations was genius, as well as the churches.
Marianne de Pierres writes settings really well. I could imagine each scene so vividly and it really added to the story. The creation of the Ripers and the Night Creatures was an interesting one, and I am dying to know more about their origin – as well as the origin of Ixion itself.
I liked the supporting cast – Suki, Rollo, Markes, etc. – but they weren’t my favourites. That lay with Retra/Naif (oh and Charlonge deserves an honourable mention, too) I must admit that I got a little confused when halfway through the novel, Retra/Naif changes names and therefore so does the whole narrative. It took me a little bit to adjust, but I did so quickly. Regarding Markes, the musician, I think I like him the least in the story. He’s just so dull and… I don’t know. As a possible love interest for Retra, I’m not feeling it. I’d rather her with Lenoire for some reason.
I’m intrigued about Dark Eve and Ruzalia, too. I love strong female characters and they definitely fit the bill.
All in all I LOVED Burn Bright. Although it does jump right into the action from page one, I personally had a little trouble getting ‘in’ to the characters and the story at first. Never fear, though, because soon you’ll be hooked on Ixion and the story in general!
Recommended to: Do yourself a favour and pick up Burn Bright if you’re a fan of dystopian fiction. If you’ve never read anything in the genre before, you might not have a taste for it as it’s a little out there and a little raw. You might want to start with a transitionary series, like The Hunger Games, before starting on this.