Listening to Ember Burning was a fabulous full sensory experience. It didn’t have smell vision yet, but it had singing!
Senior year was supposed to be great–that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember TrouvE spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.
At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids– from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers– that she’s glued inside a spiral notebook. Like her, the people are lost. Like her, she discovers, they had been looking for a way to numb their pain when they disappeared.
When Ember finds herself in Trinity Forest one day, a place locals stay away from at all costs, she befriends a group of teenagers who are out camping. Hanging out with them in the forest tainted with urban legends of witchcraft and strange disappearances, she has more fun than she can remember having. But something isn’t right.
The candy-covered wickedness she finds in Trinity proves to be a great escape, until she discovers she can never go home. Will Ember confront the truth behind her parents’ death, or stay blissfully numb and lose herself to the forest forever?
TW: Rape, drug use, overdose, tons of the words ‘crazy’
What I really liked about Ember Burning was the premise. The book definitely matches the cover – it’s eerie and mysterious. The entire book is hiding secrets, about her past, about Trinity and the past. There’s an almost Rip van Wrinkle feel to the book, like hidden doorways and parallel worlds. None of those things actually happen, but it’s definitely the vibe you get. And the premise keeps delivering more and more twists throughout the whole book.
I also just want to make sure you know there is actual singing in the audio book – I highly recommend it! There is also synesthesia representation in the book – so that’s rather cool to read about. The book is also rich in music references. But the ending is a major cliffhanger, so pick up the next one at the same time while you’re taking this out from the library.
Make sure you check out Ember Burning on Goodreads.