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.
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Publication Date: February 8th, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Country: United States
ISBN: 1455503061 
Original Language: English
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic/Romance 
 Source: NetGalley ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon
Lootability: Grab it and Go!

Pure is the new dystopian novel, and the first book in a new series by Julianna Baggott. Set in northern America after an event known as the 'Detonations', the world has been decimated and the survivors have had to adapt to their world in strange and terrifying ways. Many people were fused to strange objects thanks to the radioactive effects of the Detonations, while others have been changed into strange creatures of stone and dirt known as Dusts.
There are, however, a number of those who survived the detonations untouched. Protected by the dome, is an entire civilisation is safe from the poisoned earth, and undamaged by the detonations, they are known as Pures.

What I liked: I was fascinated by the fusings. It was confusing to begin with; I didn't really understand that these objects had fused into their skins and become a part of them. It is eventually explained and when it is...mind blown. It's the most amazing consequence of an apocalyptic world I've ever come across.
Pressia and Partidge both grow exponentially as characters; they start off quite naive, and let their experiences mature them.
The plot is confusing in some parts, but begins making sense as things go along. It is complex and engaging story that kept me desperate to read more (and distracted me during work!)

What I didn't like: As I've said, there were a lot of confusing aspects of the story that almost had me giving up. Fortunately, the characters were so engaging that I couldn't help myself. A lot of the talk of the Detonations and the evil plans of the Pures got a little too overbearing, and much too technical for me. Especially with all the talk of engineering, genetics and coding. I know there needs to be a history to the story but sometimes they get a little confusing.
Grab it and go!
Pure will be released next month, and the sequel Fuse is expected to be released later this year. 


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