Notes from the Burning Age

Notes from the Burning Age

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 22/07/2021
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Notes from the Burning Age
Both a tense spy thriller and an epic, thought provoking dystopian - absolutely gripping
I’ve loved Claire North for a while, so was naturally thrilled to see her latest offering. I’ll confess, I assumed this was going to be a straight dystopia... READ MORE
Isi at Oxford
Notes from the Burning Age
A tense, post-apocalyptic, character-focused story
I have mixed feelings about this book… it’s my first experience of Claire North’s writing after having her books on my TBR for a while, and she and her tal... READ MORE


From one of the most imaginative writers of her generation comes an extraordinary vision of the future. Ven was once a holy man, a keeper of ancient archives. It was his duty to interpret archaic texts, sorting useful knowledge from the heretical ideas of the Burning Age - a time of excess and climate disaster. For in Ven's world, such material must be closely guarded, so that the ills that led to that cataclysmic era can never be repeated. But when the revolutionary Brotherhood approaches Ven, pressuring him to translate stolen writings that threaten everything he once held dear, his life will be turned upside down. Torn between friendship and faith, Ven must decide how far he's willing to go to save this new world, and how much he is willing to lose. Notes from the Burning Age is the remarkable and captivating new novel from the award-winning Claire North that puts dystopian fiction in a whole new light.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780356514758
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 630g
  • Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 42 mm

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Notes from the Burning Age
A thought-provoking and perhaps prescient read.
4.5★s Notes From The Burning Age is the eighth novel by best-selling, award-winning British author, Claire North. Thirty-one-year-old Ven Marzouki, sometim... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
Notes from the Burning Age
Wonderful and Thought Provoking
With Thanks to Claire North and Orbit for an Advanced Readers copy of this book. 4.5* This is my second Claire North book and she has certainly moved q... READ MORE
Colleen Batey
Notes from the Burning Age
Thoughtful and complex
Notes from the Burning Age is a political spy-thriller novel set in a post-apocalyptic utopia where a section of society is bent on turning the world back ... READ MORE
Verity Halliday
Notes from the Burning Age
I love the idea
Two days after finishing "Notes from the Burning Age" and I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. I didn't love it, but didn't hate it either. I lov... READ MORE
Dawn Lewis
Notes from the Burning Age
thought provoking
This was my third book by Claire North, my favourite being The Fifteen Lives of Henry August. She is undoubtely a fenomenal writer, highly imaginative and ... READ MORE
federica angele
Notes from the Burning Age
Do Kakuy exist?
Thanks to Netgalley for a digital copy in exchange for an honest review :) Ven was once a holy man, a keeper of ancient archives. It was his duty to inter... READ MORE
Ioana Frunza-Pantiru
Notes from the Burning Age
Although the world is deep and expansive, the premise of Notes from the Burning Age can be summarised quite simply: in a post-apocalyptic world mankind has... READ MORE
Notes from the Burning Age
Dystopian Spy Story
I’m a fan of Claire North’s books, having read a few of them and with several more on the old TBR. So I jumped at the chance to read and review this on the... READ MORE
Ruth Jacks
Notes from the Burning Age
Thoughtful exploration of a new landscape
This is a thoughtful exploration of a world many years from now, after a 'Burning Age', a time probably close to now where man went too far, destroyed too ... READ MORE
Helen French
Notes from the Burning Age
Affecting and thought-provoking
NOTES FROM THE BURNING AGE is a thrilling story of future dystopia, a warning about global warming and man’s need for war, a lament that it may be too late... READ MORE
Alan Taylor
Notes from the Burning Age
Set to be a Classic
The hole in man’s heart is present still after so much has been lost and while most look to the lessons of the past others listen to only their greed. Part... READ MORE
Toby Palfreyman
Notes from the Burning Age
Fantastic protagonist/villain conflict
I had read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August a couple of years ago so when I saw a new Claire North book available on Netgalley, I had to give it a t... READ MORE
tash holmes
Notes from the Burning Age
Astute and thought-provoking
Wow, what an epic book! A dystopian spy novel set in a post-Apocalyptic world facing a new global climate crisis and a technological revolution which will ... READ MORE
T Edwards