Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Book Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. She thinks about what is lost-how the world went 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. 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.

With all the post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels out, it's hard to find one that's unique in any way.  Pure, by Julianna Baggott definitely fills the bill.  Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read it!

One of the strongest features of this book - description - turns out to also be one of its weakest.  The author writes in vivid detail, so it's easy to picture everything in your mind. This was great when she was describing the combinations of people and inanimate objects and/or animals.  It takes a great imagination to come up with a heroine with a doll head for a hand.  But sometimes the detail was just too much; the long paragraphs depicting the new world tended to drag on the storyline to me.

Pure is a solid, entertaining post-apocalyptic tale that easily holds the reader's attention.  It's suitable for teenagers and adults alike.  

I give this book 4 Bookworms.

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