Monday, February 6, 2012

Review: Pure

Pure by Julianna Baggott

Pure (Pure #1)

Julianna Baggott

Grand Central Publishing

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.  


Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to review this book. 

It took me a while to get into the book, it was a long book (almost 400+ pages) and at times it seemed slow and dragged out to me. There was a lot of science fiction and I think that's what people mean when they say 'it was weird' or 'the weird parts'. While I'm not normally a huge fan of sci-fi, this was different. It was not my favorite dystopian novel, I did enjoy it. 

In this highly original post-apocalyptic novel the characters were likable and well developed. There was so much details in this book, I think that's why it took so long to get into the book. 

Even though it was a YA book, I think this is for older teens, this is very dark with violence disturbing elements, and death. It was creepy and compelling at the same time. 

Film rights for the novel Pure have been acquired by Fox 2000, it should be an interesting movie.

3/5 Stars

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Anonymous said...

I totally love your review, because I felt the same way while reading this book.

I felt like some parts were so fast and I couldn't put the book down, and then other parts were slow and dragged on.

I will say though, that it was a good enough book that I definitely want to read the next one.

Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I didn't know the film rights have already been sold. That would be an interesting movie! I absolutely loved this one. I'm not sure if this really is a teen book, I've seen it in bookstores and it's the adult section. You are right about it being a little long and slow at times, it took me a bit of time to get through it, but I loved it! I am interested to read the next one to find out what happens

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