Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pure (Pure #1) by Julliana Baggot

Pure (Pure #1)

Good Reads Summary

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.

My Thoughts

It's dark and compelling and so much more than the last
couple of post apocalyptic reads I'd managed to get my hands on. In
fact, this one has me feeling what I did with Dark Inside and BRR...
only more.

The imagery alone had me at odds with myself because all at once, I
was repulsed then fascinated, reluctantly curious in a 'How's that?'
way. I couldn't get enough of it. I'd pay to see this translated into a
graphic novel. There's an HoN one, right? Pfft. Why bother with that,
when the creatures in this one could feature (and probably will) in a month's worth
of my nightmares? I take one star from Under The Never Sky and another from Dark Inside and then throw the same at the repulsive human wretches in this.

Add the fact that Pressia's and Parridge's voices were distinct... and their experience equally terrifying.  With each side, compelling in its own, and
each, propelling the story forward quite effectively. 

I want this book



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