Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

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
I honestly don't know what to say about this book. I started reading it on a snow day right after lunch and when I was a couple hundred pages into it I looked up at the clock and realized I should probably stop reading because I still had homework to do. It really sucked me in and I lost track of the time when I was reading it.

Pure tells the story of a very disturbing future. It was disturbing, but I couldn't help but feel fascinated by it. I couldn't stop reading until I learned all of the details of what had led up to this post apocalyptic society.

I honestly wasn't the biggest fan of Pressia though. Sure I felt sympathetic to her but there was no real connection. Sometimes I preferred reading Pressia's story over Partridge's though, as his tended to drag on. I really loved Lyda and Bradwell though. I felt like Bradwell was always kind of shrouded in mystery and that made him interesting. I also enjoyed Lyda's part of the story because I found that to be really interesting.

Pure is overall, a pretty amazing book with some surprising twists and turns that will keep you hooked from page one. I give it 7/10.

1 comment:

  1. I have no idea why but I've really wanted to pick this up lately and give it a try.

    Thanks for the great review, I'm glad you liked it even if you might have struggled with the main characters a little.