Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review of Pure by Julianna Baggott

I just finished a book, I didn’t want to put down, thank goodness it’s part of a trilogy, so I can read more.  I’ve read books in which I thought, man this would make an alright movie, but through this entire book I continued to wonder, Why has someone not made this into a movie?

I stumbled onto Pure by Julianna Baggott  by an accidental conversation.  I was waiting to pick up my child from school and was asked about a book I’d written titled Unchanged.  I, like a lot of author’s am not comfortable describing or talking about my work, but I did the best I could.  The parent I was talking with said, “Oh it sounds like Pure.”  Little did I know at the time, that was a tremendous compliment, (though the stories are nothing alike).    

Pure by Julianna Baggott is brilliant.  It is full of beauty, intrigue and upheaval.  There were definite moments when I was in tears, nervous, and sometimes a giggle or two escaped me.  Every disturbing detail presented by Baggott literally became a fascinating vision. 

Her writing style is certainly unique, one I’ve seldom come across, but it was also inspiring.  How wonderful to find an author with a true voice of their own.  The pure (no pun intended) honesty and emotion which flowed from the pages of this book absolutely stirred a hunger within me to dig deeper in my own writing.

This story is touching, curious and exciting.  It is certainly a book I recommend to anyone who enjoys, action, mystery, sci-fi, YA, romance or just plain reading.  I honestly can’t find enough positive words to express how much I enjoyed this read, except that I am ready to read the second in the series Fuse. 

Synopsis for Pure via Amazon:

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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