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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 163 x 234 x 43mm | 658g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 1455503061
  • 9781455503063
  • 431,767

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"What lifts PURE from the glut of blood-spattered young adult fiction is not the story Baggott tells but the exquisite precision of her prose...discomfiting and unforgettable."-The New York Times Sunday Book Review
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"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
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About Julianna Baggott

JULIANNA BAGGOTT is the author of many books including national bestseller "Girl Talk. "Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including "The 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 Review," "Poetry," "Glamour," "Ms. Magazine," and read on NPR's "Talk of the Nation." And her books have received critical acclaim from reviewers and fellow authors alike.
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23,926 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 26% (6,274)
4 36% (8,702)
3 26% (6,157)
2 8% (1,911)
1 4% (882)

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Pure is a post-apocalyptic tale of survival and hope amid destruction and horror. Believe it or not, I like it when I am wrong about a book. To have a book that I have written off as something that I would never enjoy, thank you very much, sneak up on me and become a book that I can't put down and forget, even after the last page.When I read the first wave of reviews, before, during and shortly after Pure's release, I was so sure that this story was simply "not for me". I barely like post-apocalyptic stories, let alone those that feature characters so shocking and horrifying as the victims in this bleak book. But a few months ago, I received an email from a publicist, interested in sending me the new paperback version of the book, and I took a chance. When Pure finally reached the top of my reading pile, I picked it up, gave a weary sigh, and began reading, slightly optimistic, but fairly certain that I would give it up by page one hundred. I was wrong. By page one hundred, I was hooked. I was gripped by this cruel future and its brave inhabitants. I was rooting for the brave Pure boy, Partridge, beautiful and unmarred, but lost and damaged in his own way. I was stunned by the courageous Pressia, a girl with a doll's head for a hand. She is a girl with little to hope for from this world, but her simple hope for a connection to her past made my heart ache. I fell in love with Bradwell, a boy who is physically imperfect in comparison to most heroes, but who was beautiful beyond compare. A boy with wings who has a place in his heart for love. The reality that author Julianna Baggott built in Pure is too much for me to break down in this review. The themes touched included government corruption, science gone mad, nuclear warfare and radiation, and religion...and so much more. The aspect that fascinated me most was the inclusion of the Japanese victims of the atomic bomb, and how the victims of Pure were tied to that. Honestly, I have really struggled with this review. I think I'm in a bit of shock. Pure made me angry, made me cry, gasp, pull my hair, shout at other readers, cover my mouth when I thought I would scream, cringe, and left me with hope. It is not a love story, yet it is a story about love. This is a book that made me feel all the feelings, and I could not put it down. Pure is a book that will not be forgotten.show more
by Andrea Thompson
4.5... Funnily enough, this novel is pure imagination. Summing up this novel is exactly that. Along with the new imaginatvie force we are sucked in from the beginning right until the very end of this gripping tale in a compltely new and unheard of world. At the beginning of the novel we find it hard to get used to the world. It is so strange and unique we need to re-read some sentences to make sure we've read and understood it all properly. Because of this, the start of the novel doesn't quite pull us in as much while we get used to the world. When you come to realise how many different perspectives are used in this novel, you instantly might thinkn that you'd be confused. Maybe even a little overwhelmed. Yet surprisingly, it doesn't. When switching between Pressia and Partridge, we continue the story exactly where we left off, but from another side of things. We see first, how each world is like. Pressia's world outside the Dome, and Partridge's world on the inside. Then, as we switch, the two get closer and closer to each other until, finally, they meet and we get to understand how Partridge sees this new world and how he reacts to it all, as well as how Pressia reacts to Parridge, a pure, as well as how she deals with everything. This brings us so much closer to the two characters that we feel at loss when things get complicated and we start to learn more about their world and its corruptions. From us seeing how much Partridge's life has changed makes us realise exactly the lack of reality that is represented to those inside the Dome. When Pressia tells Partridge of something that he doesn't believe, we sigh and shake our heads, knowing better of the false reality presented. Throughout the novel we ask: What are they trying to hide? What are they covering up? Once Partridge escapes the Dome, his innocence blinds him. He doesn't know what he's in for, as well as the fact that his mother could really be dead. We wonder if he will accept it when the truth is revealed. If it is even true... There are still so many questions left unanswered while going throguh the book. Nothing is all that it seems and we hope that some parts of the truth are revealed to us later on in the novel. So totally in love with Bradwell. "sigh" :D Straight away, I could tell something would happen with him. I knew all along that although the blurb gives the impression, but Pressia and Partridge were not going to be together, in love or falling for each other. Fantastic! Brilliant! Shocking! Heart-Wrenching! Such an explosive ending. Like WOW! That final chapter was... well... it was truly epic! The final chapter putting together everyone's perspective. With much of the truth revealed we stop after that explosive and fast-paced ending and just stop. Think of all that has happened and coming to terms with it all. Did that really just happen? Hearts racing, tears threatening to spill and our bodies relax after sitting on the edge of our seats. Overall, a novel that pulls you in, and makes you question the world around you, that not everything is as it seems.show more
by Gina Scarcella
My Summary: The before was years ago. Pressia can't be sure if the memories she has of the before are her own or the combination of others memories she's heard. She knows the now very well. The death spree, the fused bodies, the lack of food, and the requirement that she turn herself in when she turns sixteen. There's no point, of course. If she does, they will kill her as a live target. So she might as well run. Partridge remembers the before well. He remembers his mother taking him to the beach and the song she sings to him. But that was before and now his mother is gone - lost outside the Dome trying to save others. But when a comment makes him think she may be still alive, he must find her. But how? Once Partridge meets Pressia everything changes. My Thoughts: 4 stars - a great read This book is a puzzle - a masterful puzzle. Nothing is as it seems. What it seems is very disturbing. A dystopia society that is far worse then most I've read, this book creates an incredible class war between those who were protected and those who have suffered through the devastation. The characters are strong and emotionally compelling. The story is twisting and turning. I became friends with Pressia and Partridge. On opposite sides of the class war, they are real and caring despite the cruelty all around them. I found myself routing for them and hoping that they would be successful even as I wondered what success would look like. Who should they trust? Is there a master plan being followed? It's the kind of story where you can look for the clues and piece them together. I like those kind of stories. I like to discover the truth of it and this one was one surprise after another. Nice. If dystopia is your genre, then this is a must read. If you like a little mystery though in, then this is a must read. A masterfully brilliant story that will have you turning the pages quickly to figure out what is really going on.show more
by Valerie Fink
Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to review this book. It took me a while to get into the book, it was a long book (almost 400+ pages) and at times it seemed slow and dragged out to me. There was a lot of science fiction and I think that's what people mean when they say 'it was weird' or 'the weird parts'. While I'm not normally a huge fan of sci-fi, this was different. It was not my favorite dystopian novel, I did enjoy it. In this highly original post-apocalyptic novel the characters were likable and well developed. There was so much details in this book, I think that's why it took so long to get into the book. Even though it was a YA book, I think this is for older teens, this is very dark with violence disturbing elements, and death. It was creepy and compelling at the same time. Film rights for the novel Pure have been acquired by Fox 2000, it should be an interesting movie.show more
by Sarah
"We know you are here, our brothers and sisters. We will, one day, emerge from the Dome to join you in peace. For now, we watch from afar, benevolently." Wow this was one complex and mind popping book. Ten years ago atomic bombs were detonated on Earth; a select few were allowed to escape the detonations by entering a dome. This dome protected those inside and a new self sufficient community was made. Meanwhile those outside the dome "the wretches" were left to survive. Their bodies twisted, scarred and fused to everyday objects. Life is a constant struggle for them. This book did take me a good, and I mean a good few chapters to settle into. I think it is the sheer detail to the story that just boggles the mind. When you learn about each character you really do settle into the story. I thought this book was very good and I loved the way the story panned out, I was taken by surprise in a couple of places, and I really like that in a book. I mean who likes predictable books?!? My favourite character was Pressia Belze, what a lovely gutsy character she was. We meet Pressia around the time of her 16th Birthday. One of her hands is fused into a doll head that she was holding at the time of the detonations. This girl has to grow up so fast to deal with the chaos that erupts when she meets a "pure". I loved the romance between Pressia and Bradwell, it was sweet and just shows that love can occur in the most horrendous places. I do think that books which have an element of things that could be possible and believable certainly make you think more about the world around you. This story could in theory come true in a few decades time. Pretty scary stuff..... Lots of detail and some really good characters. I really liked the way the story was written; it didn't boggle the reader with too much science fact and science talk, but just enough for readers to grasp the enormity of a nuclear holocaust. Story rating: 4/5 - weird and wonderful. A fast paced ride.show more
by Jennifer Juckes
Pure is an amazing story that drew me in right from the first page. There is an element of steampunk in this dystopian tale and I felt the mix worked well. The world-building is well done and I really believed in the dynamics of the land and time the characters were living in. The story moved at a good paced, holding my interest throughout, and I thought the lead characters were well written and showed some growth through the piece. This is a story that is driven more by character than plot for the first half of the book. I found that worked well though as we got a really good look at the world and its inhabitants, setting the scene for the remaining books in the series to be able to concentrate more on the plot aspects. This is officially a YA release, but I think it is one that will appear to the older end of the market and could also be a successful cross-over piece into the adult market too. I am certainly keen to continue reading the series. I received this book as a free e-book ARC from NetGalley.show more
by Nicola Markus
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