Angela Davis has been serving her time at Brunesfield Correctional Facility for several years and her release date is finally in sight. She will miss her close friends and bunkmates, Issie and Cara, but she cannot wait to leave Brunesfield, find her brother, Charlie, and get back to a normal life. When a tiny new girl, Jessica, arrives and is sent straight to the Seg Block (the area where the most dangerous girls are kept in isolation), she captures everyone’s attention and comments, but when Angela has an unexpected encounter with Jessica, she knows two things immediately – Jessica is very different than anyone she has met before and she is just as dangerous as they have been lead to believe. Strangely, Dr. Gruen, a new social worker and scientist, starts working at Brunesfield on the same day that Jessica is admitted. When Dr. Gruen approaches Angela with a special assignment to try to bond with Jessica, Angela is sure that something suspicious is going on, but she’s willing to try anything that will get her early release, even if it could be a threat to her life.
Why It's Worth Reading:
Suspense with a bit of something paranormal in a unique setting - who doesn't want to read that? Burning captured me as soon as I started reading it. It is a page-turner from beginning to end, keeping readers guessing as Angela learns more and more about the latest arrivals to Brunesfield. Despite Angela's admitted flaws, you find yourself rooting for her at each new event. The setting is a fascinating look into life in a youth prison - the rules, the roles, the corruption, the surprises. If you are the kind of reader who likes the action of a book to take off from page one and never stop, Burning might be the perfect book for you.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Source: School Library Connection (Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. An additional review can be found at a future date in SLC magazine.)
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