Review: ‘Burn Out’ by Kristi Helvig

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Burn Out’ by Kristi HelvigBurn Out by Kristi Helvig
Series: Burn Out #1
Published by Egmont USA on April 8th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Survival, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
A futuristic blend of Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans's Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even more deadly than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James.

She is shocked when James accidentally fires one of her father's bio-weapons--weapons designed to work only for her. She'd felt a strange pull to James from the start, but the odds of someone sharing her energy vibration are statistically miniscule. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

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Tora is alone on Earth living in an underground bunk. Her family is gone and she’s the only one left. With a promise to her scientist father to never let the weapons he created get into anyone else’s hands, she survives in the best way she knows how..Avoiding anyone else who is still alive. When a family friend Markus arrives, she doesn’t realize he brings with him an entourage of people who want to take the weapons by force.


I liked the past and present tenses, it made me see more of Tora’s personality and what she went through to get where she is. She’s definitely a survivor and smart as a whip. I love that she knows just what to do. When she’s in a compromising situation, she tries to find her way out at all costs. As for the love interest, James. Granted I never knew if he was on Tora’s side or if he was doing everything to keep her alive. We don’t find much about James and he’s ever the silent strong type. I did like how they annoyed each other at first, though the attraction was there. Their chemistry was pretty exciting. I could feel their attraction leap off the pages. It got hot and heavy at times. Marcus was one character that’s very important and I kept my eye on him too. I wanted to make sure he was on Tora’s side. She needs allies after all. The pacing was fantastic for I never grew bored. The plot was very interesting and it kept me wanting more. I did grow weary as to why the world had grown the way it was supposed to be. That’s probably why I marked this as a 3 instead of a 4.


Overall, I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic survival read. It has a bit of everything suited to any of those readers who likes these genres.

reading progress



There’s no defense against Mother Nature—she’s one fatal bitch. (71)
How could I think someone was hot at a time like this? Just because the world was ending doesn’t mean you’re blind. (77)
How could you be excited over something when its only purpose was to destroy? (125)
I like my girls with a little spunk. (162)





  1. Filia Oktarina

    December 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Thanks for sharing, this book look interesting read. Although, maybe to hard for me, bur i like this review 🙂

  2. Jaime Lynn

    December 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I love it when a review can finally make your mind up about a book you have been on the fence about. Your review threw me off the fence onto the “read it” side. The biggest reason? A STRONG AND SMART and SELF-RELIANT FEMALE MC! Thank you!

  3. Cali W.

    December 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Good review and quotes. I like Post Apocalyptic type books. 😉

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