Burning Review

Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Uncorrected proof from Bloomsbury (released 7th July 2016)

After three years in Juvie, Angela Davis is just three months shy of release. She’ll finally see her little brother again. And she’ll get the hell out of the pit that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility.

But then Jessica arrives. She’s young, only ten years old, and she’s brought to Brunesfield in shackles under the highest security possible. She doesn’t speak and is placed in the segregation ward. No one knows what she did to end up there, but there are plenty of rumours. Soon creepy things begin to happen to Angela and her friends, that can only be traced to the new girl’s arrival and it becomes clear that Jessica is more dangerous than anyone ever expected…

Bloomsbury sent me a copy of this to review and I would just like to say, I started it around 2pm today and have just finished it. It was simply unputdownable. This book is one of the creepiest books I’ve ever read, if I’m honest but my god, it’s so addictive.

Burning is a book written by Danielle Rollins. I’m not sure if there’s a sequel for this book but it’s something I need to find out pronto because there’s no way the story can be left there. I’d say its borderline just an adult book because there are some scenes in this book that just make you think….”woah”.

Burning is written from Angela’s point of view. She is currently in juvenile prison for crimes I will not reveal (no spoilers!) and has been for a while. There is one person she’s desperate to get out and see: her little brother Charlie. Angela never has any visitors and her mum doesn’t allow her to see Charlie. Luckily, Angela has her two friends Cara and Issie who she shares a room with and they are just about the only thing that keeps Angie sane.

They are enjoying the brief time they’re allowed outside one day, when a girl, no more than ten years old, enters the prison…shackled and being treated like she’s highly dangerous. The girls are confused; no one gets this treatment here. What could this little girl have done that was so bad?

Around the same time the new girl arrives, Dr Gruen arrives to tell the girls of an exciting new Science program she wants the girls to all be a part of. Dr Gruen starts making radical changes to the facility. The guards are much stricter, the inmates aren’t getting as much freedom but she is renewing everything in the prison so the girls are happy with the changes…they can finally have a hot shower with shower gel! But this doesn’t sit right with Angela. A strange little girl shows up around the same time that everything starts changing…nothing’s changed in the facility for years. Could the doctor and the new girl really be connected?

The new girl’s name is Jessica. She’s ten years old and seems terrified of everyone and everything…but everyone seems afraid of her. She keeps to herself and seems so innocent but things keep seeing to go bad whenever she’s around. I will give you a clue: it’s something to do with fire; but I will say no more. Again…no spoilers. Dr Gruen makes a deal with Angela. If she befriends Jessica and finds out more about the mysterious girl, she’ll make sure Angela gets out before her release date. Seems easy enough, right?

I have to mention a character here. I haven’t connected with a character like this for a long time. The last (and probably only) time was with Warden from Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series. His name is Ben Mateo. That should be Officer Ben Mateo, He’s a guard at the facility and someone that Angela gets pretty close too. I’m not sure what it is about him but he is just wonderful. He’s so sweet and brave and…honestly? I could write a review on just his character alone. The way it was left with him made my heart explode from my chest. He is one of the main reasons I’m desperate for a sequel. I need to know my Ben is okay. Yes, I’m attached, okay?

This book is incredible and it’s so gripping. It’s a book for everyone but honestly think I’ll be having a few nightmares about this place tonight! Go and grab yourself a copy now! (Well, when it’s released in 3 days).

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