Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Pure - Julianna Baggott (2012)

5 stars

I borrowed this at the school library  because I'd heard about it and really wanted to read it. And it was totally worth the hype. I love this book, it is the best dystopian I have ever read. It was realistic and heartbreaking. The greatest part was there was no underlying romance that overtook the dystopian setting. The world and the terrifying situations it presents to the characters are the main focus of the story and they are original and compelling.

It's definitely a confronting read, but it gives you a lot to think about. It's a big improvement on the last few dystopians I've read (ie. Delirium and Birthmarked). I really like the world the author has created and the story she has constructed around it. The best part it - it's a trilogy! So keep your eyes open in February 2013, because Fuse is going to be released!

Fast forward to a world where everything is destroyed, with only a sustainable nuclear-proof dome left intact. The people outside the dome have everyday objects fused to them. Pressia is one of these people. She has a doll's head fused to her hand. She lives with her grandfather and she makes toys from junk so they can buy food. Partridge is in the dome, and he escapes to be with his mother on the outside. Pressia is recruited by a corrupt police force and is bugged (unbeknownst to her). Pressia and Partridge meet and try and find his mother. They find that there have been forces inside the dome working to help those outside, organised by Partridge's mum. They find Partridge's mum, only for it to be revealed that she is Pressia's mum too. The police force surrounds them and kills their mother. The pair continue on with the goal of overthrowing the corrupt forces that govern the dome.

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