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Try Not to Burn by [Matula, Michael]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615699006
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G4MMC0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,669,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sophie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 May 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Straight away I loved the concept for Try Not to Burn. Brand, Sam and Jane are all dead and yet find themselves in Hell City, where with no way out, the only thing to do is try not to Burn. It was a great, original concept and one that worked really well.

The world-building in this book was fantastic. This was definitely the best aspect of Michael Matula’s writing for me as he transported me in to this world – one where once the bell rings and the day ends, you get up the next morning with everything back to how it was the day before. So, you’re hungry and eat the sandwich and lasagne from Jane’s bag? It’ll be back the next day… There were so many great things about the world the author built up in this book that it was so captivating to read.

The suspense was at a high in Try Not to Burn. It had me rooting for the three main characters, Brand, Sam and Jane throughout, who despite their personal flaws, were characters you want to see survive. The pacing switched a lot in this book. The first and last third of the book seemed fast-paced whereas the middle seemed to be a lot slower and more drawn-out. I was mostly engaged with this book but there were a couple of moments where it didn’t have my full attention because some parts seemed to go on for a bit too long.

However, once I got towards the end, this wasn’t really an issue and my full attention was regained. I loved the ending. I’d spent a lot of time throughout Try Not to Burn predicting how things were going to turn out but I didn’t expect what actually did happen. It was a brave ending by Matula in what was a really strong thriller.

4/5.

*Book gifted for honest review.
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Even Stephen King wasn't this good, back when Stephen King WAS good.

The storyline is original: three residents of Hell City band together to try and survive long enough to redeem their souls. The characters are well-written: they are not the typical cliches you might expect, and I loved the way that their pasts are revealed through conversations over time, rather than having everything thrown at the reader as soon as the characters are introduced. The action is quite the mix of drama, horror and suspense, making me feel as if I was fighting through The Guantlet with them.

The only reason that I even chose to read this book is because I am familiar with the editor, Felicia Sullivan - I've enjoyed other books that she's worked on. I'm so glad that I did make time for this novel because Matula's storytelling reminded me of all the reasons I fell in love with the horror genre in the first place.
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This is the story of three 'mates who have come together in an afterlife that is very far from a blissful existence. Hell City has rules that have to be played by, but can also be used to the main character's advantage. Existence in the city is temporary at best, and as the story unfolds, the ways out of it become clearer. Following Brand, Sam and Jane, we start to see how three can be much more useful than one, utilising the strength of each individual to overcome the obstacles placed before them. I loved going on the journey with the three main characters and I've been left wanting more. Michael Matula has a great narrative style that had me laughing out loud at points. Definitely worth a read.
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