Tuesday, February 28, 2012

YA review: Pure

Pure (Pure #1)
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.(goodreads)
My thoughts...It has been about two weeks since I finished Pure and I am still haunted by the images and characters of it's pages. This is not your typical YA dystopian novel. Julianna Baggott's adult writing roots ground the story with world building that leave readers astonished.

Starting with the characters, readers discover that the heroine, Pressia, is not easily forgotten. Her strong will drives the story and the other characters. The story is also told from the point-of-view of Partridge, who lives inside the Dome, and several others (while they are not as prevalent). This multi-character perspective really gives readers an incredible look at the world they live in.

In regards to plot and story building, Pure is intense. I was blown away by the graphic descriptions of the victims of the Detonations. The grizzly deformities were so vivid, that I often had to take pause when reading. The story was interesting and kept me involved, rooting for the characters. It stuck with me and left me considering the repercussions of such violence.

I read many mixed review of Pure but for me it was a hit. It is not your typical YA novel. It has strong crossover appeal to adult readers. I was extremely impressed with the writing and will be reading more in this series.

For more information, visit Julianna Baggott at her official website.

*This book was provided by the publisher for my honest review.


Ailsa said...

I'm hoping to read Pure sometime - it sounds like my kind of dystopian. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, good to know you liked it!


Ari (Reading After Midnight) said...

I should try this one too. You make it sound so good. I know there are many mixed reviews out there, but I'll take the chance with it, maybe it will be a hit for me too :)

Happy midnight reading!

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