The Burning Air is a good book. It tackles an interesting challenge…that of how an author can use a back story to drive a thriller. Doing so can be very difficult as you’re melding two very different requirements for success. How did Kelly do?
The story revolves around a scholarship. Should it have been given to a boy who doesn’t win it/was it given unfairly to a boy who only wins based on family connections and priviledge? What results from the lack of clarity when a bitter disadvantaged youth blames his mother’s death on the winning family?
Obviously, we have a mess at hand.
A backstory requires work, depth and time to unfold. A thriller needs to move forward. Kelly’s book accomplishes both well; she ties them together less well.
This book is very much worth a read. Compelling and vivid, I can still see the story and the characters. But I will state that I expect more of the author next time…leave a little back story behind to move the action forward. Still, my complaints are minimal. This book is a fun, engaging and compelling read.