“Burning Sky” by Weston Ochse is filled with blood, pop culture references, and more blood. Following a team of five, the first half of the book is them dealing with not being in the army anymore, in their own ways. Some chose drugs, some chose food, some chose both, and one chose tinfoil clothes and techno music. Then they’re given something to focus on, brought on by their leader, Boy Scout. He consistently feels like he’s a character in a book, however. They’re trying to save a young boy and his mother. The story is told from Boy Scout’s, or Bryan Starling’s perspective. But something’s wrong, the boys mother says that she knows him already and knows what he’s going to do to them. How can she when Bryan doesn’t even know what he’s going to do himself?
The second half of this book is really what got me into it. It adds the supernatural twist I was hoping for, but honestly didn’t really expect from the description. Don’t get me wrong, the first half is action packed, but something was missing. Once you get to fifty percent, you realize what it is. I’m not going to tell you, because that would spoil the surprise, but just know if you feel the same as I do, you’ll really like the book after half way. The world this book is set in is mostly like out own, but again, with a supernatural twist you don’t expect.
The characters in this are part of a prestigious team in the army. They’re all haunted by the same image, a girl with a goat on a leash, and they’re determined to figure out why it’s keeping them up at night. Only after meeting with a psychic do they really start to make any headway. After battling a war in Afghanistan for the last who knows how long, they need to go back to find out what’s really going on, and not everyone is into that idea. Everything really starts to come together after that point, however. I think my favourite character was probably Boy Scout, because we got to see everything from his perspective.
Overall this book was good, but not my new favourite. I really think there’s a huge difference between what the book looks like on the outside, what the description describes it to be, and what it actually is. I think if you like books about army guys and girls killing things and battling their own problems as well as supernatural ones, you’re going to like this. If you like books that change their entire being in the middle, you’re going to like this. And if you like books that confuse you a little but in a good way, then this is the book for you. It’s longer than the average book, but the writing is easy to follow and you can power through it pretty quickly if you’re really into it. It’s available here, and here’s a link to the author’s Twitter.
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