Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.
In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .
Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.
But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.
When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?
Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?
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
When it comes to writing dystopia type books, the world building and understanding why things are the way that they are is key to the plot and the resolution. Unfortunately, in Burn Bright, the world building was just sub-par and that resulted in the book overall, while having an interesting premise, just not being all that intriguing. As soon as I started reading, I felt like I was confused – why was everything dark? Even a simple question like that, from what I recall, was never really answered and my confusion only built from there.
I felt like I never really got to know the characters. Retra was, for lack of a better word, a bumbling idiot – there were many times through-out that I just wanted to reach into the book and beat her about the head. You could tell that she had been isolated all her life because of how she acted, but even then, when you compare her to someone like Tris from Divergent, who had had a similar upbringing and was able to adapt and overcome in various scenarios, Retra essentially remained the same until she wasn’t…and even when she changed her name to Naif, her personality didn’t change.
I kind of think that Ixion was supposed to be a play on a dystopian form of Never Never Land from Peter Pan, but I would prefer to be one of the lost boys with Tinkerbell, rather than partying on Ixion. Overall, I gave it 1.5 stars (but i’ll round up to 2 to be nice), and I likely won’t be continuing the series in the future – too many other good books and not enough time to read them.