Burn, the final book in Julianna Baggott’s trilogy ended with a bang not a whimper. This is the last book in what is easily one of the most disturbing YA apocalyptic series I have ever read. When we think about disasters, I think we usually think about large numbers of people dying, disturbing, or the conditions survivors live under, also disturbing, but the image of people fused together in a blast and then living is just one you cannot forget.
El Capitan and Helmud have accompanied Pressia to the UK and things are a little awkward after his declaration of love to her. Pressia is distracted by the action she took to save Bradwell, creating a wall between them, and the strange things she notices at Newgrange, babies who look alike and attacks on the settlement by an enemy too disturbing to reveal here. During her visit, Pressia is given possession of something that will change the fate of the Dome dwellers and the Wretches and causes controversy within her own band of friends and family.
In the meantime, Pressia’s half brother Partridge, a Pure, is dealing with his own issues after the transfer of power to him after his father’s death. Both he, and us readers, were perhaps a bit naïve to think that now that Willux is gone, everything will be rosy. Partridge soon realizes that a life with the mother of his child may not be guaranteed and that the mantle of power does not rest easily on his shoulders. Despite his loathing for the things his father did, he finds himself on a path that is too close for comfort to his father’s legacy.
The story is told in alternating narratives expressing the different points of view of the main characters which serves to illustrate how people can look at the same situation, but see it very differently. This book also demonstrates how even when you have the best of intentions, you can make bad choices.
Most of the time I am not a fan of turning books into films, but in the case of this series I admit to being a little excited by the idea, as the special effects would probably be fantastic.