Revenge, redemption and dragons: Delving into the themes of Burn by Patrick Ness

Revenge, redemption and dragons: Delving into the themes of Burn by Patrick Ness

Burn is a powerful alternate history set in the US after WW2 from award-winning YA author, Patrick Ness.

Check out these thought-provoking notes to enhance your own understanding of the book or for book club conversation. They can be used to generate discussion of the key issues of the time, particularly the space race and civil rights. Explore how these themes resonate in current times and how it relates to our own lives and contemporary issues.

Printable book club notes here

 

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Dragons, prophecy and 1950’s Cold War space race:  Read an extract from Burn by Patrick Ness

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29 May 2020

Dragons, prophecy and 1950’s Cold War space race: Read an extract from Burn by Patrick Ness

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25 May 2020

How does the world end? Read a review of Burn by Patrick Ness

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    Synopsis

    An all-consuming story of revenge, redemption and dragons from the twice Carnegie Medal-winner Patrick Ness.“On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm.” This dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but is seemingly intent on keeping her safe from the brutal attentions of Deputy Sheriff Emmett Kelby. Kazimir knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm because of a prophecy. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents – and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself. From the bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy comes a heart-stopping story of fanaticism, hope, bravery and impossible second chances, set in a world on the very brink of its own destruction.
    Patrick Ness
    About the author

    Patrick Ness

    Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States where his father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. Patrick’s family soon moved to Hawaii, where he lived until he was almost six and he later lived in Washington and Los Angeles.After studying English Literature at the University of Southern California, Patrick got a job as a corporate writer at a cable company in Los Angeles, writing manuals and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival. His writing career started with the publication of his first story in Genre magazine in 1997. Since then, Patrick moved to London and has had two adult books published and also taught creative writing at Oxford. On writing, Patrick says, "Here's a helpful hint if you want to be a writer: When I'm working on a first draft, all I write is 1000 words a day, which isn't all that much (I started out with 300, then moved up to 500, now I can do 1000 easy). And if I write my 1000 words, I'm done for the day, even if it only took an hour (it usually takes more, of course, but not always). Novels are anywhere from 60,000 words on up, so it's possible that just sixty days later you might have a whole first draft. The Knife of Never Letting Go is 112,900 words and took about seven months to get a good first draft. Lots of rewrites followed. That's the fun part, where the book really starts to come together just exactly how you see it, the part where you feel like a real writer".  Monsters of Men is the winner of the 2011 Carnegie Medal. A Monster Calls was the winner of the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. A Monster Calls was also long-listed for the 2012 Inky Awards.

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