Feb 062012

Title: Pure
Series: Pure #1
Author: Julianna Baggott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 8, 2012
Pages: 448
Source: ARC from author

From 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.

When I heard about this book from Tara and on Twitter I immediately knew I wanted to read it. Pure sounded like a grittier, more intense post-apocalyptic story, which turned out to be exactly true.

Pure is hard hitting and unforgiving from the very first pages. It delves into things on a much deeper and emotional level than I ever expected. I immediately felt for the characters and became totally enraptured in their stories.

The sci-fi undertones in Pure are super interesting – new species, humans fused to each other or items from their previous lives, living in a dome. I’ll be honest, the fusion of humans and items was incredibly creepy to me but definitely fit into the story well and really helped to explain some of the feelings people were having as they dealt with this new world that was handed to them.

Pure was filled with thrilling, twisting turns that left me leaning forward and made me stop blinking more than once. I’m so glad there are two more books in the series because there are a lot of questions that are left unanswered. All in all, I highly recommend Pure if you are in the mood for a great post-apocalyptic story.

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  21 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Pure by Julianna Baggott”

  1. This one intrigues me! Like, a lot! I’ve had some friends recommend it really highly to me and I’m definitely excited to read it!

  2. I’ve seen this one around, but haven’t paid it much attention. I’m regretting that decision, now.

    This book sounds amazing! I’m reading Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari so anything post-apocalyptic sounds brilliant :)

  3. I am all about some sci fi-ish/ post apocalyptic story lines! Plus I have got to see who this Partidge guy is and if he can overcome that name:) Thank you for the generous giveaway:)

  4. I do love how this sounds a little bit grittier…too many paranormal romances have been masquerading as “dystopian” lately!

  5. The synopsis of this one sounds fantastic!

  6. I’m so curious about this book! Great review!


  7. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  8. I continue to hear great things about this book. All the good reviews are going to make it difficult to my “no buying new books!” mantra.

  9. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I’m so glad a lot of people seem to like it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Erin K.

  10. This book looks great, I might have to try it out! Thanks :)

  11. I freaking loved this book. It was so well written and so beautiful from start to finish :) great review!

  12. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’ve been dying to read this book!

  13. I love dystopians! Sounds like like a great one to read!

  14. This book has gotten such good buzz! It’s definitely on my wishlist. (commenting as Justine)

  15. I seriously love a good dark dystopian/post-apocalyptic. I am so ready for Pure! Thanks for the awesome review :]

  16. Oooh, I had no idea that this is what Pure is about. I’m definitely going to be picking it up now.

  17. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this book for a long time!

  18. I loved this book so much. So, so much.

  19. I’m so excited for this one! Sounds like the perfect book for me!

  20. I’ve been wanting to read this one for months now. It looks sooooo good and I just LOVE that cover!

  21. Definitely sounds like a different post-apocalyptic dystopian. Definitely want to check this one out.

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