Friday, October 11, 2013
12:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
Author: Julianna Baggott
Release Date: February 8, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Rating: 3 Cows
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.
PURE isn’t for the faint of heart or those that are a bit squeamish. As a girl that is squeamish around blood, body parts, and bodily fluid in general I almost stopped listening to it a couple of chapters in. The descriptions of the fusings are tough to hear and even worse to picture. A girl with a dollhead fist and a man with a fan in his throat aren’t exactly at the top of my list of things I would like to think about. Then of course there are the dusts and all the other creatures that appeared in the rubble. However, I kept listening and once I got over the shock of the fusing, I enjoyed PURE.
As I stated earlier, PURE and I got off to a rocky start. The book was a little slow in the beginning and I did have some difficulty listening to it. However, after the first third or so I felt things picked up. The plot was interesting and I really enjoyed some of the plot twists in the end. It was great to find out how everyone fit together.
I liked the characters for the most part. Pressia was an interesting character. She doesn’t always do the right thing, sometimes she does things that she knows are wrong to survive, and in all honesty I found it refreshing. She’s not the perfect hero. She’s an imperfect one. One of my favorite characters was Bradwell. He’s this tough rugged guy that has survived being alone and not caring about anyone. But of course, he breaks his own rule and starts caring about the strong willed girl with the doll head fist.
The concept of this book was interesting. When I first started I was immediately reminded of the new T.V. series The Dome but the only real similarities was that each had a dome. The thing that really got me about PURE was how evil the people that created the dome were. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around what kind of person could kill thousands (or millions) of people like that.
The book is told in multiple points of view and each point of view has a different narrator in the audio. I thought they all did a great job narrating. The whole reason I picked this audio was because Khristine Hvam was one of the narrators.
PURE turned out to be a good read despite it’s slow start. Be warned that this book is very graphic and quite disturbing. I do plan on continuing the series and have high hopes that it will be a little less disturbing and a little more fast paced!
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