UPDATE: Yep, here we are again. Based on multiple Twitter threads, Rory Power has been revealed to be a bully (at the very least) and to support racism and bashing an AOC. I will no longer be supporting her. Wilder Girls will be taken off my shelves and I will be supporting the authors she and her friends (Emily A. Duncan and Christine Lynn Herman) have harmed.
THIS. BOOK. Goddamn it, Rory Power. How many times are you going to scare the shit out of me? It also doesn’t help that a good part of Burn Our Bodies Down takes place in a corn field and I live in the freaking Midwest with corn fields all around. I am never doing a corn maze AGAIN.
But in terms of the book (lol), it lived up to the brilliance of Wilder Girl . Let’s get to the review!
Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.
But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.
Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?
The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.
Margot’s life is not great. Her mother tells her nothing about her past and demands Margot always keep a candle burning no matter what. Why? Margot doesn’t know, but she’s determined to find out.
When she goes to look for answers, her mother shuts her down completely. But is that going to stop her? Absolutely not. And that leads her to finding a phone number for a grandmother she’s never met and sneaking out in the early morning to make her way to Phalene where she lives.
What shes finds is not what she expected and it scares the shit out of her. Something is going on in Phalene and her grandmother is hiding something big from her. There’s a dead girl who looks exactly like Margot, corn fields that look all wrong, and strange things keep happening inside her grandmother’s house that Margot doesn’t like.
This book is creeeeepy! It’s atmospheric af and gives you just enough information to keep you reading until it’s 4 AM and you’re scared to go to bed because WTF IS WITH THE CORN?! Margot is also fancies a girl she meets in Phalene and their adventures together are some of my favorite parts of the story.
I also just really like Margot as a character. Even when she’s scared, she’s willing to fight back against her grandmother to find out exactly what she’s keeping from her. Bravery and courage is fighting even when you’re scared and that is Margot to a tee.
If you liked Wilder Girls or like a spooky, creepy story set in the Midwest, you need to read Burn Our Bodies Down. Rory Power is quickly becoming a must-read author for me. I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Burn Our Bodies Down comes out July 7, 2020.
Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review.