Author: Julianna Baggott
Publication Date: February 8th 2012
Publisher: Headline Publishing
Pages: 480 (Paperback)
Series: Pure #1
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Post Apocalyptic
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. -Goodreads
I really really enjoyed this novel. It has got to be my favourite YA novel of the year and one of the best dystopian novels I've ever read.
I know what you're thinking, not another dystopian novel, but I really suggest you read this one. It just feels different to me, different from the others.
This novel is set in a post apocalyptic world, where we meet our main character Pressia. She is sixteen and lives in an old barbershop with her grandfather. We also meet our other main character Partridge, they live in the same world, but live different lives. Partridge lives in the dome, where selected members of humanity went before the Detonations hit. He is safe, fit and healthy. She fears for her life, as all sixteen year olds have to turn themselves into the military where they are either trained, or used as training for others. When these two meet, ewverything they believe in changes.
First of all plot. The plot of this novel is great. I loved the world that Baggott had created. The disfigurements that everyone has, some that are scary, and some that are sad, and the mystery of what actually happened in the Detonations, all made this an excellent read. The plot was fast moving, and kept me on the edge of my seat, as I was afraid for the characters. There were lots of plot twists, some good and some definitely bad.
The main character Pressia is awesome. She is such a brave and strong character, who knows exactly what she thinks. She also showed signs of fear, showing she is human after all. She is also very proud, and tries to hide her disfigurement, not wanting anyone to pity her. The other main character Partridge, I also really liked him, although he took longer to grow on me, as at the start, he came across to me as spoilt but by the end of the novel, I loved him just as much as Pressia.
I would definitely recommend reading this novel if you love YA and dystopian novels as this is a great novel, and I look forward to the rest of the series.