Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Author: Julianna Baggott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: February 19, 2013
Book 2 of the Pure Trilogy
We want our son returned.
This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time.
To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the earth, and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge's father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back.
At Partridge's side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in ways she never could have imagined.
This is an interesting series in that the people and the emotions are very real, even though your imagination has to work overtime in parts to "see" what fantastical images are being described.
After the war, people become fused with anything - including dirt (this was the hardest thing for me to wrap my head around). There are nice shiny clean people in the dome that are protected and then.....well, then there's the rest of the world. The fused people decide they need to overthrow the pure people from the dome, for many reasons that make a lot of sense.
There's a lot of humanity in this story and I enjoy that, especially as this is a YA book and I like it when it's not simply filled with random violence and sex. In fact, there's almost no sex whatsoever in this story, and that also makes a treat from the empty titillation factor.
I enjoyed this book and Pure and am looking forward to the concluding book.
Review of Pure can be found HERE