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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spotlight Tuesday: The Burn by Annie Oldham



Author: Annie Oldham
Paperback
Pages: 234
Book Description via Annie Oldham
The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That's what Terra's father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right. She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

What people are saying about The Burn:
  • "Beautiful. Gorgeous. Brilliant. Writing at its best and most raw." Sonny, Literary Junkie 
  • "My fellow Young-Adult Dystopian lovers will devour The Burn. It was intense, beautiful, scary....I will absolutely recommend this book." Shana, Sizzling Reads
  • "Annie Oldham's writing paints such a clear picture, it's like you're looking through Terra's eyes and seeing the events unfold for yourself." Gabby, What's Beyond Forks?
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I will march into the field with those solar lamps blazing and lie down among the corn and just try to catch a glimpse of what it might feel like to be up on the Burn. Just a peek. For just a minute. To see if it can be all I have been building it up to be in my head.

The importance of the solar radiation suit was the second lesson I learned when I switched vocations to agriculture. The first was how dangerous the solar lamps are. All of that overloads my brain as I walk toward the door that opens onto the field. But I don’t hesitate. I need to do this. It is my last test to see if I really am ready to abandon all this.

The door opens too slowly.

“Let me out there.” I realize I said it aloud. It’s like the door gives me time to change my mind, but it’s pointless. I squeeze out through the gap.

I gasp and feel my arms. I’m warm. Actually, truly warm. I glance at the temperature monitor on the wall. 85 degrees. I’ve never felt warm down here. Sure, under my covers at night, or after a shower. But never just walking down the corridor, or sitting in the Juice Deck—everything is too perfectly climatized. Even our radiation suits are temperature controlled. A shiver of pleasure runs down my back. I walk into the corn.

I never realized how green the corn is. Through the filtered visor of the suit or the filtered plastic looking into the field, the corn is green, a dull grayish green that looks half alive. Now with naked eyes, this is vibrant and soft at the same time. The leaves shine under the artificial light. I have the wackiest urge to just touch the leaves. I do. They are smooth under my bare fingertips. The tassels on the ears of corn flutter in air currents swirled by the air circulators. The tassels feel fuzzy and ethereal. The soil is rich brown and smells alive. I never even knew dirt had a smell.

I kneel down between rows of corn, my bare hands in the dirt, my fingers raking through it. How long have I been in here? I look at my watch. Twenty minutes until the last transport. I will stay for five more minutes.

A trickle of sweat runs down my back. It’s 85 degrees in here, and I never knew that was enough to make me sweat. With the added humidity, I feel deliciously slippery. My head feels tired and sluggish, and I lie down in the dirt, squinting up through the overlapping leaves of corn at the artificial lamps over head that I imagine are the sun.



I adore writing and reading YA novels. I grew up with an insatiable desire to read and then came the insatiable desire to write. I've been blessed to have both of those in my life.Away from my writing, I'm the mother of the two most adorable girls in the world, I have the best husband in the world, and I live in the hottest place in the world (not really, but Phoenix sure feels like it). I love to cook, sing, and play the piano.

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