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Excellent book for people who want the bite of a Courtney Summers book but creepier
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Audiobook review

Margot is tired of not getting answers from her mother about where she came from and the history of their family. When she finds an old picture with the name of a town on it, she leaves immediately to find the answers she craves. However, once she arrives, something in the town is off. Something with her grandmother is off. And if Margot wants answers, she will have to face scary truths about just where she comes from and why her mom left.

One of my favorite parts of BURN OUR BODIES DOWN is the theme of generational problems. What someone's parents or grandparents or great-grandparents thought they could ignore or get rid of can continue to haunt future generations. Even when someone, like Margot's mom, decides to try to separate herself from the narrative, she can't fully escape it. In Margot's journey, she learns that if you want truth, you have to be prepared for the good and the bad (and in some cases, the evil). Though there are plenty things to give you the creeps (like the weird corn stalks or the death of someone no one in a small town recognizes), human evil is the biggest scare of all.

I enjoyed the narrator and particularly the way they used different voices for each character. They were all nicely distinct, even in scenes where several people are in a conversation. At times, the narrator got a bit melodramatic for a scene, but overall, it was fun to listen.

BURN OUR BODIES DOWN is a solid sophomore novel from Rory Powers, perfect for people who want the hard gray areas of a Courtney Summers novel but with more creepiness.
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