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Into a world of wild pleasures and deadly secrets comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength . . .

Into a world of wild pleasures and deadly secrets comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength . . .

Retra doesn't want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night. Retra is a Seal - sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn't crave parties and pleasure like all the others. But her brother left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him.

Braving the pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she's ever known, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures - but its secrets are deadly.


Brilliant storytelling. Riveting and unforgettable.

Lauren Kate, author of FALLEN

In Ixion, Marianne de Pierres has constructed the perfect metaphor for teenage anxiety: a foreign world loosed from all past certainties, inhabited by symbolically costumed cliques engaged in complex hostilities. Your worst fears lurk just off the poorly lit paths, and the only relief comes from the brief sleep of the petit nuit, or in surrendering yourself to the music that throbs through the clubs. Read BURN BRIGHT and feel a shiver of recognition, even as Ixion's strangeness casts its spell.

Margo Lanagan, author of TENDER MORSELS

To enter the endless night of Ixion is to enter a darkly glamorous world in which danger and pleasure dance to an intoxicating beat - as irresistible to us as it is to Retra.

Isobelle Carmody, author of THE OBERNEWTYN CHRONICLES

The world created by de Pierres is fascinating, strange, and dangerous ... It is a riveting read!

Rebecca Kemble, Reading Time

I seriously LOVED this book. In a YA market fast becoming saturated in dystopia's BURN BRIGHT shines out in the crowd ... It is fantastically original, creepy, riveting and atmospheric ... I LOVED THIS: It's dark and wild, unpredictable and somehow enchanting.


An intense, unpredictable and addictive page turner! ... The world building is utterly convincing and just bewitching. Ixion is an exotic, inviting yet terrifying world all at the same time ... Seriously, no one should miss this awesomesauce of a book!


One of the most exciting worlds I've encountered since Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, or Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn, and it will surely appeal to fans of both. Ixion is such an easy place to get lost in, helped along by strange, wonderful characters and Marianne de Pierres's lush writing, which at times feels like you're floating through a dark dream ... Burn Bright really is a book that takes your breath away.

Holly Harper, readings.com.au

Burn Bright is absolutely raw and intoxicating. Set in a world of dark intrigue and deadly secrets, the book offers non-stop twists and turns with a brilliant lead character! ... Do yourself a favour and pick up Burn Bright if you're a fan of dystopian fiction.


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    March 1, 2011

    Random House Australia Children's

    320 pages

    RRP $18.99

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  • EBook


    March 1, 2011

    Random House Australia

    320 pages

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