A Review of The Burn Zone by James K. Decker

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by James K. Decker

Roc (February 5, 2013)

WOW! What a great book! I loved this story. Mr. Decker brings this world to life. He just throws you into a world that is as gritty and dark as “Blade Runner”, and then you have to learn how everything operates. He doesn’t make it any easier on the reader than it is on Sam Shao. Once you are able to wrap your head around what is going on, you are totally committed. You can’t stop, you have to keep reading right though to the final twist, then you just say “Whew!, what a ride. Too bad it’s over.”

The action is great, but the only complaint I have with this book, is that sometimes Sam survives when you think that she couldn’t possibly make it though. This isn’t a huge thing, since most action thrillers have this same flaw.

This is not a Young Adult Novel. There are a lot of YA novels with a 19-year-old heroine, but this isn’t one. There may be some YA novels out there with similar story lines, but this is way darker, more violent and has some events that you won’t find in any YA fiction.

I don’t know if we will be able to see another novel set in this world, but I would love to read it if it comes out. I give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5. I recommend this to any fan of hard science fiction.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Book Description

Release date: February 5, 2013

Plagued by overpopulation, disease, and starvation, humanity was headed for extinction—until an alien race called the haan arrived. And then the real trouble began.

It’s been a rough day for Sam Shao. As part of a program that requires humans to act as surrogates to haan infants, Sam has been genetically enhanced to bond with them. So when three soldiers invade her apartment and arrest her guardian for smuggling a dangerous weapon into the country, Sam can sense that something isn’t right. One of his abductors is a haan masquerading as a human, and the supposedly fragile haan seems to be anything but.

Racing through the city slums, trying to stay one step ahead of the mysterious haan soldier, Sam tries to find the man who, in her twenty years, has been the only father she’s ever known. Could he truly have done what he is accused of? Or did he witness something both human and haan would kill to keep hidden? The only thing certain is that the weapon is real—and lost now somewhere in a city of millions.

Fighting the clock, Sam finds an ally in Nix, a haan envoy devoted to coexisting with humans, or so it seems. But what she really needs are answers. Fast. Or else everything she knows—and everyone she loves—will burn.

Product Details

Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Roc (February 5, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0451413407

ISBN-13: 978-0451413406

Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces

About the Author

James K. Decker was born in New Hampshire in 1970, and has lived in the New England area since that time. He developed a love of reading and writing early on, participating in young author competitions as early as grade school, but the later discovery of works by Frank Herbert and Issac Asimov turned that love to an obsession.

He wrote continuously through high school, college and beyond, eventually breaking into the field under the name James Knapp, with the publication of the Revivors trilogy (State of Decay, The Silent Army, and Element Zero). State of Decay was a Philip K. Dick award nominee, and won the 2010 Compton Crook Award. The Burn Zone is his debut novel under the name James K. Decker.

He now lives in MA with his wife Kim.

The product descriptions and author information is from Amazon. The Burn Zone

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