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Monday, May 7, 2012

Pure by Julianna Baggott

I picked up this book a while ago, but it took me some time to get around to reading it. It's a very large book, so you definitely have to have some time to devote to it!
Check out the summary from Goodreads: 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.
Sounds intense, right?

What I Liked: 1) Pressia. I always like the strong characters. Pressia is one of those characters who doesn't really want to be a leader, or even really seem to be a leader at first, but she kind of gets shoved into that position. She's got a lot of depth to her, from the life that she's been forced to live, so it's really fun to get to know her. 2) Partridge. Another strong character of this book, Partridge shows his strength in other ways. He turns against everything he's known to stand up for what he believes. And he really teaches some of the other characters he encounters how to care, since those who've grown up outside the Dome just don't seem to know how to. 3) No sugar coating. There is a lot of...graphic stuff in this book. (Not like, x-rated things, more like sort of gory things). But it's an important part of this story, and without which I don't think the story would have been as powerful. 4) That brings me to another like: The power. This is a really powerful story. Seems like every event that happens in the book is strong and full of emotion. It definitely takes the reader on one heck of a roller coaster. Sometimes I read books that are very safe, and I like those fine, but this one really just takes you through the ringer. It's really impressive when a book can do that.

What I Didn't Like: For as strong and emotional as this book was, the plot just didn't hold up. There wasn't really anything that just drove everything forward. I liked the characters well enough, but I needed some more forward motion of the plot.

Overall thoughts: Pure was a powerful book with strong characters and some great action. I needed a little something more from the plot to really get into it, so I was missing that a little. But it definitely left me with enough questions that I'll be looking forward to hopefully getting some answers in book 2!

My Rating: 4 shots

And speaking of book 2...Miz Baggott recently released the cover! So here it is, along with a link to the Goodreads page!

1 comment:

  1. I liked this book, but I agree with you on the plot thing. It felt like a lot happened and yet didn't happen. The whole first book was basically a set up for the rest of the books coming up, I suppose.


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