Monday, 30 January 2012

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Title: Pure
Author: Julianna Baggott
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: USA:Feb 8th 2012|UK:2nd Feb 2012

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again
[from goodreads]
I have had my eye on Pure for a while and was happy to receive a copy for review.
When I started reading Pure I thought it was a lot darker than what I expected it to be, but I still really liked it.  I liked how people were affected from the Detonations, either being fused with things; dolls head, metal, cars, glass, birds. or being fused together; groupies, or ended up being creatures that hid in the dirt and dust.

From the moment I began reading it was easy to fall into the world of the Pures and the Wretches and see how each group of people lives their lives.  Some living in the comfort of the Dome, and others taking one day at a time and trying to survive at all costs.
I felt sorry for the people affected by the Detonations and for what they had become and found myself cheering them on when they came under attack wanting them to get the upper hand.  They are true survivors and I really looked up to them.

Bradwell, a Wretch like Pressia, was an enigma.  I really didn't know how to take him, whether he was good, bad or just not that interested on being on either side but throughout Pure I managed to see a different side to him and really liked what he came to be and I am really really looking forward to seeing what happens next with him.  When El Capitan was first introduced I didn't like him, and even up to the end of Pure, even though he does show a good side to him I still don't trust him.
Pressia is a Wretch, she looks after her grandfather and makes sure they survive each day, and even after everything she has been through and everything she finds out about herself she doesn't waver from what she set out to do.  She is strong, tough and a real survivor.

Julianna's writing captivated me from page one, I fell hook, line and sinker into the world within the pages of Pure and found it hard to rag myself back out.  There was never a dull moment with something always going on and I will defiantly be putting a copy of Pure on my shelves and plan to read the next book in the series as soon as it is released.

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