I'm someone who can easily lose interest in the work of even the most famous of authors, having to go back and re-read pages where I let my mind drift away. Not so with this book. I started it and finished without pause- my attention was hooked from the first few lines.
The character of Alexa in Daniel Swensen's Burn is both compelling and repelling at the same time. Her history gives you an understanding of where she is in her life, and why she uses her powers the way she does. It also explains her nearly psychopathic inability to connect to other people.
Although understandable, those personality traits left me cold on the character- the novella is too short for her to achieve any sense of redemption, and I was left itching for more resolution. I wanted her to be able to grow past her limitations, instead of succumb to them- but that is my own limitation as a reader- I can only be swept down the river of this story, and let it take me where it leads, despite wanting to cheer the character on to a sweeter conclusion.
It's only my frustration in not being able to really connect to the anti-social Alexa that kept me from giving this short story five stars, a failing I'll readily admit to being my own. If this were to be made into a longer story, or if there were more sequels, I'd happily throw my final star on it.