Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure #1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: February 8, 2012
Hardcover {p.448}
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult
Challenge: Young Adult
Buy the Book: Amazon

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.
The novel was very descriptive in the detail of the world after detonation. (For that I give it two stars.) Even the characters were very descriptive. They were a bit odd in their body parts and objects they seemed to be fused with. This was the main thing I couldn't seem to get past to finish the novel.

Pure was a bit of a slow go getting into. Pressia seemed interesting enough, but Partridge I didn’t really understand his need to leave the dome. I know he thought there was a chance his mother may have been out there, but I never understood why he thought that. I guess I must have missed that part.

A character I did enjoy however was Bradwell. I liked him from the first meeting he held underground that Pressia attended. Although I did enjoy him, it wasn’t enough to keep me going forward with this novel. It was overall a tad too dark and a bit too strange of a read for me.
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