Pure by Julianna BaggottPure by Julianna Baggott

Pure

byJulianna Baggott

Hardcover | August 11, 2014

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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.

JULIANNA BAGGOTT is the author of many books including national bestsellerGirl Talk.Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, includingThe New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday(ed. Billy Collins),The Southern Review,TriQuarterly,Virginia Quarterly Revi...
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Title:PureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:August 11, 2014Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1455503061

ISBN - 13:9781455503063

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Trilogy Loved this trilogy. Bought Pure just as something to read at an airport but got hooked on the whole story
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great read One of the better YA sci fi novels out there. I look forward to reading more.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I don?t think I can look at dolls the same way again! We start off with Pressia being introduced as a girl who is about to turn 17 who lives in the remains of a barber shop. Her only living family member is her grandfather and together they keep themselves alive by trading possessions for food. She?s not your average survivor though. Her fist is fused with a Doll?s head that fused into her body when the bomb was set off 9 years ago. This book drew me in with its eccentric take on the post-apocalyptic plot, strong characters and incredible world building setting. Where else would you find every day objects fused into body parts where the people themselves are still breathing? Most authors wrote with a clear purpose: for the character to survive, and to unravel the very hand that controls them. In this case it?s the people in the dome. The Pures. One Pure in fact. Now I definitely liked Pressia?s strong personality. The fact that she?s half Japanese made me picture her perfectly kicking butt at any monster that she came across. She was definitely not a pushover and was very stubborn and independent much to the annoyance of Patridge. I quote enjoyed this book even though it had it?s ?WTF!? moments, I can?t wait to gobble the next one.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fresh take on a dystopian story I loved the detailed descriptions. I?m a fan of imagery; it helps me play out stories like a movie in my head. However, sometimes when an author describes a world too much, it slows down the process of the story. I felt some parts of the novel were too slow for my liking and it only becomes action-packed and mission driven towards the second-half. Despite the minor issues I had with the novel, I think Pure is worth the read if you?re looking for something completely new or in the mood for a fresh take on a dystopian story. Complete Review: http://feistylittlewoman.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/review-pure/
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from slow moving to climax, action and intensity this is definitely a slow moving ride to the climax and mysteries solved. pros: - dystopian story but with an original twist- majority of population fused with object or animal - great character- an unknowing courageous future leader (who will change the world), an intense rebel who sheds light on main female lead, a new character who is mysteriously linked to one of the leads, and sub characters who high-light the characters and plot - has some of the usual plot themes: friendship, love, escape, rebel, fight, good vs evil, growing up, etc - i really like pressia she reminds me of a lot of strong female leads that grow throughout the book - set up like typical dystopian novels- hunger games, divergent, the maze runner. etc - lot's action, suspense, mysteries - notice the cover of the book?- pure on front and wretches on back - each chapter is a different character's pov cons: - a lot of description to paint this massive picture of what the world looks like in their eyes - takes a reaaaaal long time for the plot to move (i would say by half way through the book i was getting into it) - does not get straight to the point like YA - is not YA novel, so don't expect it to be a quick easy read. - it is written in 3rd person- annnnoying - i almost gave up by the time i was half way through, because it was getting a bit slow again - the last 40 pages are great. i liked it, but not sure if i will be getting the 2nd one yet. but i may return to this series later on.
Date published: 2013-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like nothing I've ever read! :D I loved Pure! I just ate it up causing me to finish this in 2 days . I loved the plot and the characters. I couldn't believe all the surprises and How amazing the book was. I loved how the author described the book, and how the story played out. There were endless surprises and twists and turns. I couldn't believe the author thought of all this. :D
Date published: 2012-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! One of the best YA Dystopian novels that I have read in a long time. It is a definite standout from the rest of the pack.
Date published: 2012-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great new post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel Interesting take on an esoteric group shielding itself from nuclear war in a dome. The ones lucky enough to be in the Dome during the bombs are called Pures, those that weren't so lucky are the Wretches, the Fused. When the bombs went off, people bacame fused with objects near to them. One character has birds in his back that are still alive and flutter. Pressia has a dolls head for a left hand. Her grandfather has a fan in his throat. Very strange. There's a great conspiratorial theme throughout. This book is filed as adult fiction, but I felt it read more like a young adult book - not to say it wasn't well done, because it was. It is also part of a series. Many questions get answered at the end of the novel, but many don't.
Date published: 2012-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Hauntingly Stunning Read You can view all of my review at http://www.alluringreads.blogspot.com Where do I start! This book is heart wrenching from the very first page. The hardships that the "wretches" in this book face are unimaginable. It is a split POV novel written in the 3rd person, and I'm not really a fan of books written in 3rd person but this book chewed me up and spit me out. Pure isn't a fast paced novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout, the charm here is in the detail and world building. The detail of history that Julianna Baggott goes into reaches inside you and pulls at your heart strings. It is beyond imaginative and though it is so far fetched it feels absolutely real and painful. The reason I only gave this 4 stars is because I felt as if some important parts of the book were skimmed over and I still had questions (what is exactly is the OSR and how did they come to be? who picked the 7 best and brightest?) The characters of the book (it is written from 4 different POV's changing with each chapter) were excellently developed with my star being Pressia. The strength inside this girl is admirable, I felt connected with her and felt pain when she felt pain. What is fascinating about the authors writing is how she made me feel the same amount of sorrow for Partridge as I did for Pressia, and they are from two very different worlds. This is a slower book with a high level of attention to detail but it is a fulfilling read. I definitely recommend Pure!
Date published: 2012-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind-blowingly original! Wow. This book is a STUNNER. It's dark and disturbing and creepy-cool, but it's also so darn fascinating! I don't think I've ever read a book like it before, and I don't think I ever will again! Set after the Detonations (which caused mutations that merged inanimate objects to some people's bodies), Pure takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that twists the definition of "dystopian" and molds it into something darker, something terrifying, something that makes me so thankful I don't live there and captivated at the same time. Admittedly, Pure starts out so slowly that I had trouble getting into it at first, but as soon as I was immersed in the world, I was captured like a butterfly in a net! I empathized with Pressia more and more as the story went on — because can you imagine how awful it would be to have a doll face for a hand? — and the other layered characters took my breath away, too! As dark and detailed as it is, Pure may not be for everybody, but I really hope you give it a shot anyways! I didn't expect to love it this much but I did. Julianna Baggot has such beautiful prose, and her imagination makes you wish you'd thought of this yourself. Ominous and dangerous and probably one of the most vivid books I've ever read, Pure is a novel that blew my mind continuously. I'm really excited to see what the next book will bring! BUY or BORROW?: This is a hard question because as much as I adored this book, I know that some people will love it and some people won't. So for now, I'll say pick it up first and buy it after, if that makes sense! ;)
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Enticing Dystopian Novel I've Read to This Date! *Copy provided by publisher for review* Without a doubt, Julianna Baggott's Pure is the most enticing dystopian novel I've read to this date! Admittedly, I've never read Baggott's other titles, but Pure's striking post-apocalyptic synopsis instantly drew me in! Julianna Baggott's Pure starts off with two key point of views, that of Pressia (outside the Dome) and Patridge (inside the Dome). Life outside the Dome is treacherous! After the dreadful detonations years ago, when Pressia was still only a child, the world outside has crumbled to the ground and has been infested by horrendous creatures called Dusts. In addition, the detonations brought on an onslaught of terrible mutations to the survivors, some of which who suffered inanimate objects being permanently molded to their bodies. Pressia is one of these people, with a doll's head on her hand and a mere sock to cover up it's existence. Enter Patridge, a resident living inside the Dome, an isolated community that thrives on education and science, not to mention completely mutation-free. However, not everything is perfect for Patridge in the Dome, he yearns to find his mother and risks leaving the Dome. There, he meets Pressia. Julianna Baggott's dialogue in Pure is unbelievably unique, but regrettably very slow paced. In fact, I had originally picked up the novel to read during the Summer 2011 when it first arrived for review, only to put it back down halfway through and pick it up once again a few weeks before release day. With that said, however, when diving back into Pure, I instantly found myself falling in love with the story once more. Pressia's narrative voice was unbelievably real! She wasn't someone I could connect or identify with, but my sympathy grew the more I learned about her. Patridge was an instant hit for me. For whatever reason, I found myself connecting with him and his pressured lifestyle a lot more then I did with Pressia. Needless to say, Patridge was by far my favorite character. Learning about the Pures and those who live outside of the Dome was some-what of a heartbreaking story. I felt disgusted at times and ashamed of the Dome residents for their lack of humanity and compassion. Moving on, I couldn't help feeling that the novel itself was a major illusion all on it's own. The story felt like it was moving into hundreds of different directions, however as I reached the end it all seemed to mesh together so well, revealing an enticing climax that made me eager for the next installment in the Pure series. It wasn't until I nearly reached about halfway through Julianna Baggott's Pure that I finally realized the meaning behind the front and back cover design. As all readers know, the front of the cover features a flawless blue butterfly in what looks like a dome. In my perspective, I find that it represents the pures within the dome, who are without mutation. On the back of the cover is a butterfly outside of the dome, flying around with trinkets and other things attached to it due to the mutation, which I believe to represent those who live outside the dome and suffered the mutations from the detonations. Isn't it wonderful how publishers/cover artists blend in aspects of the story and represent them on covers? Without a doubt, I have some serious cover love for Pure! In the end, I couldn't help falling for Julianna Baggott's Pure! It's novels that are as beautifully written as Pure that make you realize how "dumbed-down" most young adult novels really are. With that said, Pure will make you think and hope right to the last page.
Date published: 2012-02-07

Editorial Reviews

"A boiling and roiling glorious mosh-pit of a book, full of wonderful weirdness, tenderness, and wild suspense. If Katniss could jump out of her own book and pick a great friend, I think she'd find an excellent candidate in Pressia."
-Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake