Over at the Escape Book Club we are celebrating this month with Marianne's YA series The Night Creatures. To start off book one, Burn Bright! Here are some posts I've done in the past and if you are interested please visit our club's website http://www.burnbright.com.au/burn-bright-book-club/
This book was everything I was hoping for, and more.
exists as an antidote to the rules and conventions of other places. We
believe that indulging in pleasure will make better people. Self-denial
and discipline and virtue area all myths and invented to control you."
story grabs you from page one and never lets go. No long descriptions,
no chapters of back story. Just jump right in. We follow Retra as she is
escaping from the island of Grave. Running through the pain of the
discipline strip that has been implanted into her thigh. Barely making
the boat as it pulls away from the dock. She knows nothing about Ixion,
it has been hidden from her, but that is where the runaways are taken.
The pirates come....searching for older runaways? The kids that are too
old to go to the island of Ixion? Or, are they looking for something
Retra is looking for her brother who ran away before her. He
went to Ixion needing to escape the contained, disciplined restrictions
of Seal South on the island of Grave.
Ixion is unreachable by
sunlight. It is guarded by the Ripers, it is fed and clothed by the
Uthers. It is also contained by the night for the sunlight does not
reach the island, ever
. "Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do
not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of
darkness you also live with creatures of the dark."
Retra finds many
new things on Ixion. She makes friends from other islands who have come
to Ixion, who know more about Ixion. We learn as we go, following her
every step to discover the island, and its inhabitants and it's rules.
comes here for pleasure, even if they think they don't. Embracing it is
harder for some and they go mad before they truly accept it. Most of
the places they come from are founded with guilt and rules. The Ripers
want us to break away from that-some wish to tear it from us while
others are more subtle. "
They have to register and pick new names
as they enter the island. They are stripped of their old clothes and
given beds and rules. They must schedule resting times between the
partying, the dancing and the music. If you don't rest you will burn out
more quickly. You eat, you take your pills and you dance and then you
rest. You mind the Ripers, the rules and don't stray from the paths.
Your focus is to be happy, seek pleasure and try to ignore the fact that
you will be removed when you become to old.
But there is unrest on Ixion. Gangs are forming and the uneasiness between the Ripers is noticeable.
The rules are changing.
"Rules? Ixion is supposed to be free of rules, yet it seems as strict as Grave in it's own way and more....more dangerous."
Burn Bright is dark, it's creepy and it's fantastic. What a roller-coaster!
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