Pure by Julianna Baggott

Posted May 13, 2016 by Ely in Reviews / 2 Comments

Pure Book Cover Pure
Pure #1
Julianna Baggott
Post Apocalypse
Headline Book Publishing
February 2nd 2012

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.

I’ve owned Pure for about four years now, and I’d never even considered picking it up. I just kept it on my shelf because it looked pretty, but I almost got rid of it a few times. I am so glad I didn’t, because I think I’ve found a new favourite.

Pure is this incredible post apocalypse, dystopian-ish novel. The characters are all YA age, but it reads more like an adult novel in my opinion. Not that that’s a bad thing, in fact I think it might be the reason I ended up enjoying this so much. It wasn’t your typical girl single-handedly changes dystopian society. It’s a story about family, and memories and lots of other interesting and intense things.

There are two main characters—Pressia and Partridge who live very different lives in this society, but then their paths cross and things go from there. Usually when there are two main characters, I tend to pick a clear favourite. But here I honestly couldn’t pick between them. I loved Pressia from page one, and while it took me a little longer to love Partridge, there’s no going back now. There are some really incredible secondary characters too—my favourites were definitely Pressia’s grandfather and Bradwell. I’m so so excited to see what is going to happen to these characters in the rest of the series.

There’s so much going on in the plot too. There are so many twists and turns that I just did not see coming. I swear my book was just stuck in a shocked expression for the entire time. I think it’s very unique in the direction it went in to. From the start, I had this idea of where it was going to go—I admit that I totally expected a love triangle, but it completely blew me away.

I will say that at times this is quite dark, disturbing and violent. These aren’t things that really bother me in books, but if that’s not your thing you might want to avoid this. You can’t even believe to imagine how much it hurts me to say that, because I really want more people to read this. If you do like dark books, then you should probably pick this up immediately for your own safety.


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2 responses to “Pure by Julianna Baggott

  1. I actually haven’t heard about this novel before but it does sound like one that is worth reading! The cover of it drew me to your review as well. I don’t mind reading an adult style novel and you mentioned the darkness and the violence of it. I know that might be a strange reason to be more attracted to the book, but that sort of thing appeals to me!

    • It isn’t very popular. In fact, I just happened to find it cheap one day otherwise I never would have picked it up either.