Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Pure (Pure #1)
by Julianna BaggottPublished by Grand Central Publishing
Date Publication  February 8th 2012
Rating: 4/5
Synopsis: 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

Cover:One of the pretties out there.Thank goodness no girl in dress one.A bit symbolic if you ask me.A dainty fragile life[the butterfly] above a rough bizarre ruthless dangerous earth has become.

Book: I requested This one because of its cover[I the color scheme.]It was good but not a complete hit for me.

A normal day, normal life, normal earth.But than it happened, The Detonations and everything changed.A perilous blistered earth emerged.Pressia found safety in the Dome but not many were that lucky.Things merged,fused,humanity has altered.If you can call it human.Partrige resides there , out side and one of them.There meeting, a pure and a wretch will change everything.

In my opinion Pure is not a YA but more of a Crossover like the night circusby Erin Morgenstern.The writing style was earthy[if that makes sens]The story is told in two main pov's. partridge and pressia.

The world building was bizarre, strange, gruesome, wild, weird and vivid One of the main reasons i kept reading.Imagine a picture when reading these words; meltlands, rubble fields.Pure is more post apocalyptic than dystopian.Liked that the before was still known to have existed but steadily fading away and forgotten.

the deathy houses all fell down
the deathy houses all fell down
the sick souls wander'round and 'round
watch out! they drag you underground

Did not feel attached to the main characters although i got pretty darn close.But still looking forward to the sequel

If you 're into post apocalyptic and exotic wold building give it a try.Maybe the characters will "speak' to you.

Thanks to netgalley and to y Grand Central Publishing approving request

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  1. It's a shame this wasn't a complete hit for you, but I'm still glad you enjoyed parts of it. And it definitely sounds like a creepy world!! I got a copy this week, so I'm curious to see how I'll like it!

  2. Nice review. Unfortunately I was one of those readers who didn't enjoy the book so much. But I can definitely see it appealing to many other dystopian fans.

  3. Thanks for the review! This book looks really interesting. Still debating if I want to give it a shot or not.

  4. Lol, for me it is the opposite, the cover kind of freaks me out ;=D

  5. I am sad it wasn't a hit for you...i love dystopias..maybe i will pick it up from the library

  6. hahahahaha I laughed when you said thank goodness no girl in a dress. I have a weakness for girls in dresses on the cover. But yeah I can see why you are sick of them! It sounds good. I'll probably give it a go sometime.

  7. I have this coming up on my tbr list. I can't wait to read it.

  8. I agree with you about the cover. Great review, I have been wondering about Pure. I'm glad to hear it's a crossover. When I went to an event recently some authors were talking about how more books were going that way.

  9. Glad you enjoyed it, Roro! I liked it quite a bit, too. :)

  10. I'm reading this one next week I'm curious to see how I like it! I love the cover too!

  11. Oh goodness, yes! This cover is GORGEOUS, right? And very symbolic. And I like how it ties in with the buettrflies Pressia makes. This one didn't really win me over, but the world building was EXTRAORDINARY, and writing was beautiful. Glad you liked it!

  12. I really like the cover but I'm not big on post-apocalyptic or weird worlds so I'll probably skip this one for now. I'm glad you liked it though.

  13. I do love the cover as well, but something just didn't pull me in on the description. Yay, another one towards the DAC though!
    - Jessica at Book Sake.

  14. I totally love the cover on this one and dystopian is my favorite so definitely reading this!

  15. My friend was reading this today and said it was pretty good, so I decided to investigate haha. It definitely sounds good and 4/5 stars is nice. I didn't really like The Night Circus myself but it was written beautifully, so that's awesome that this one is written similarly. I'll have to add this to my to-read list. Thanks for the review! :)



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