It's Atlanta's senior year of high school, and she is officially infamous. Not only has she saved herself from a predator, brought down an untouchable dogfighting ring, and battled a pack of high school bullies, but she's also proclaimed to the Internet her willingness to fight for anyone who needs help. And Atlanta can't believe what's coming out of the woodwork. From an old friend to a troop of troubled girls with connections to a local fracking company, there's definitely fire in the water.
As always, the girl with the unforgettable name is not afraid to burn it all down if it means making things right. But as high school races toward its inevitable end and the hornets begin to swarm from all directions, Atlanta must decide how much of herself and her growing group of friends she is willing to risk...before it's too late.
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The second entry in Chuck Wendig's Atlanta Burns series is almost exactly like the first. Transplanted into the rural Alabama of Pennsylvania, high schooler Atlanta Burns continues to stick up for the bullied and molested. This time, she takes on child prostitution, fracking, and gender identification.
I actually liked this follow-up more than the original. Tying the black and white issues into the gray area of fracking is a smart move. Most of all, the writing is tighter. There remains a big issue with believability -- a teenaged shotgun wielding vigilante hero who escapes any and all repercussions? Strictly wish fulfillment fantasy.
There also remains the idea that this is somehow YA fiction. I for one am keeping the teen readers in my house away from this. Atlanta is reckless, violent, drugged out, uninterested in bettering herself through education, antagonistic of all adults even when they want to help her, motivated solely by revenge, fascinated by and reliant upon firearms, mercenary. These are not messages I want my kids to see glorified. The ends do not justify the means.
"Chuck Wendig is a master story teller."
Atlanta Burns is the poster girl for kick-butt heroines. Completely awesome.
Maybe I'll go with a movie. If Dirty Harry was a female high school senior, he'd be Atlanta Burns.
Brilliant. Accents are tough and she does them well.
Chuck has a way with words...and Atlanta speaks them beautifully! if you want to see justice for the little guy the Atlanta Burns books deliver.
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