PURE centers around the story of Pressia, a 16-year-old survivor with a doll’s head fused into her left hand, and Partridge, an unmarked Pure who has escaped the Dome to find his mother, certain that she has survived the cataclysm.
My Review:Dystopian novels are all the rage of YA of late. So with all these new futuristic worlds it's hard to bring something new to the table. Well Julianna Baggot certainly has created a new and intriguing world unlike any other.
In the after effects of world wide nuclear devastation, no one has escaped the damage and horrors of mutation. People have been fused to metal, glass, objects, animals, and even other people. Whatever they were standing next to or holding when the detonations hit, became a part of them. Unthinkable creatures like Dusts, people who have been fused to the earth, and Groupies, who are groups of three or more people fused together, roam the streets attacking other survivors. The world has become a gruesome and terrifying place, where no one is left unmarked from the horrors committed.
Pressia is just about to turn sixteen, and she fears being taken by the OSR. The head of a doll serves as her hand, and a crescent scar and burns mar the side of her face. She hides her deformities as best as she can, just wanting to be normal. She wishes for a life before the blasts, for a life where she can remember her parents and her childhood. Yet as fate would have it, Pressia’s life turns out to be anything but normal.
Inside the Dome, another teenager is questioning everything he’s been taught. The Dome is sanctuary. The only place free from nuclear devastation. Partridge’s father is one of the most important people inside the Dome. They’ve always been taught that they were just the lucky ones, and the fate of their “brothers and sisters” outside of the Dome was a bad case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Partridge thinks his mother died a martyr, trying to get people to the safety of the Dome when the blasts hit. Yet when his father refers to his mother in the present, he can’t help but wonder if what his father says about that fateful day is true. He’s convinced his mother is still alive and determined to reach the outside and find her. Pressia and Patridge’s stories collide in a devastatingly remarkable story full of horrors that our generation could never imagine.
I absolutely loved this book. It truly took dystopian novels to a new level. Other novels kind of skimp around nuclear war. It’s kind of just an awful subject to deal with, and I really appreciate that the author really dived into the horrible consequences of a nuclear holocaust. The whole society in the Dome is sketchy to begin with, so you know immediately that something is not what it seems. The plot was fantastically done. I was constantly on my toes while reading, never knowing what was going to happen next. I called a few plot twists, but overall I was pretty pleased with where the plot went.
As far as the romance went I thought it was perfect! I absolutely loved Bradwell! He kind of seemed like the guy who was always going on about conspiracy theories, but of course, he was right. He’s smart and tough, and I thought he complimented Pressia very nicely. He definitely had his sweet moments, and that really endeared him to me as well. He really cares for Pressia and they have a nice budding relationship. Of course it doesn’t get to develop much since so much crap is going down, but it really added to the novel. Partridge had a small little romance as well, but it wasn’t as strongly developed. I have a feeling in the next one that it will flesh out more.
To say that I am dying for the next one is an understatement. Pure is truly unlike any other dystopian novel. I’d even go so far as to say that it’ll be the next Hunger Games. It’s dark and gritty, and doesn’t hesitate to show you the atrocities that mankind can commit. Highly original and a very compelling read, Pure will be a huge hit.