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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BURNING by Danielle Rollins | Orange is the New Black Meets Stephen King's Firestarter

 Review by Krista

by Danielle Rollins
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (April 5, 2016)
Language: English
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Tucked away, deep in the woods, Brunesfield Correctional Facility's cold walls and empty hallways keep dangerous girls away from the world . . . girls like Angela Davis, whose fate was determined by one bad decision. After a few years in juvie, Angela is finally close to her release, but everything changes the day a new warden with dark plans takes over. Angela knows evil when she sees it, and as strange disappearances and frightening incidents happen more and more frequently, it becomes clear that Brunesfield could be the end of them. Angela and her friends must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves from very place keeping them locked away? 

After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she'll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl's arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?

If I were to make a comparison of the book I would state Orange is the New Black with Stephen King's Firestarter. It takes place in a girls detention center, as the story opens they are undergoing some new management and many changes are being made. New programs, new technology, and new girls. One of which holds a special interest to the new director. She is the youngest girl to be in the center, and the youngest to be kept in solitary confinement.

I honestly wasn't sure where this story was going to take me when going into it. I ended up really enjoying the characters and their soon to be plight to survive a horrible situation. Not long after the new girl arrives she is placed as a roommate to Angela. Jessica is shy and tries to keep to herself but everybody can see that she is different, and being watched closer than the others. As the changes take place around the center, Angela is soon faced with having to either relate all the inner details of Jessica to the director or risk getting more time added to her stay. It doesn't take long for all of them to realize they must escape, or die.

The book is not exactly fast paced but a pretty constant pacing that ends with a lot of excitement and revelations. If this ends up being a series it's definitely one that I am going to continue with. Some action, some adventure, a little romance, but mostly a lot of mystery.

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