Author: Julianna Baggott
Genre: Adult Fiction, Teen Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopias
Publication Date: February 8, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN-13 Book: 9781455503063
Disclosure: I received access to this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review!
Pure by Julianna Baggott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pressia lives in a world where scars are commonplace; everyone has them. She longs for the time before the detonations, though she remembers little of what it was really like. She only has the stories her grandfather has told her. Hers is a world of tragedy and survival, where scarred survivors are fused with inanimate objects, and sometimes even animals or other people. When Partridge, a Pure who escaped the consequences of the detonations because he was safe in the dome, crosses Pressia’s path her life changes forever. Suddenly people are interested in Pressia, her future, and her past. Will she be able to help Partridge, or will she be betrayed first?
There was a lot of complexity to this novel. The earth in this novel is one where people set off massive detonations, wreaking havoc on the world in the hopes of one day starting over. While Partridge was one of the lucky ones, safe inside the dome, Pressia and her grandfather were not. Their bodies were fused with items close to them at the time of the detonations, they are scarred and burned, and have had to struggle to survive. The Operation Search and Rescue team that was supposed to help survivors, is now ruling them. This is a world destroyed; a world in chaos.
Partridges’s life in the dome is something else entirely. Here there is order, and law. Teens are schooled, trained, and prepared for the day they will step outside the dome and reclaim the world. Partridge knows that behind this façade there is an ugly secret, and when he finds out that his mother may be alive, he will risk everything to find her.
The characters in this novel are complex. While a few of the side characters lack development, the majority of the characters are well developed and believable. You can see the motivations behind the character’s actions, and you can feel the real tragedy of their circumstances.
At its heart, this novel is a story of learning to accept your scars, your pain, and move on with your life. All the characters are scarred, whether physically or emotionally. The world itself has been scarred by the detonations. All these characters are struggling to overcome their pasts and survive their future.
This novel is fast paced and action packed. Partridge is being pursued and bugged. For the longest time you aren’t sure who you should trust, and that uncertainty lends credibility to the story. You can believe these are real people because you are never entirely sure of their motivations, and you can’t predict the choices they will make between saving a loved one, or doing what is right.
I believe there is more to come with this series. There were so many loose plot points to be tied up at the end, but the story still had a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to the next installment.
On a side note, Julianna Baggott’s website states that Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to Pure. Should they turn this into a movie, it will definitely be interesting.
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