Ellen Hopkins is an incredible writer. I believe that's a bit of an understatement, but those of you who have read her work know just how difficult it can be to summarize her greatness. Of all the books she's written, Burned has always been one of my favorites. It was one of the earliest books I reviewed on this site & has remained one of the ones I've always hoped to see be given a sequel. Well it seems my dreams are coming true as Ellen has graciously decided to write the next installment. Smoke due September 10th (such a wonderful gift for my birthday on the 8th) promises to answer some of the lingering questions that remained after we left Pattyn. Check out the summary below.
Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened that night, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Her father might be finally gone, but without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated. Alone and in disguise, Pattyn starts a new life, but is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?
An incredible story about the human spirit & our ability to endure, Smoke promises to give a peak into the new life that Pattyn is trying to form. After such horrible experiences at the hands of her father & her community, I can't imagine the difficulties she is trying to face with respect to recovery. With Ellen's lyrical style, this is sure to be one of my favorite books of the year. Do you have a favorite Ellen Hopkins book? Have you read Burned?