Friday, December 30, 2011

Book Review- Pure by Julianna Baggott

And now for a book review about one of my favorite subjects- end of the world disaster survival. Pure is a YA sci-fi written by Julianna Baggott and published by Grand Central. It is set to hit shelves Feb. 8, 2012.

The Story- The world as we know it ended in a bright flash, sun on sun on sun. Inside the dome, people survived. Outside the dome, people died. Those few that survived outside, did so with terrible deformities and injuries. Almost a decade has passed since the detonations and those who survived are now struggling to live day by day.

Pressia lives outside the dome. When the bombs hit, a baby doll head was fused to her hand, now it is a living part of her. Everyone around her has similar problems. Whatever you were near at the time of the detonations, you are now fused with. People even became parts of rocks, dirt and trees. Pressia is about to turn 16, the age when a person is required to turn themselves over to the OSR and is never heard from again.

Partridge lives inside the dome. He attends classes with other boys and has his genes manipulated as part of weekly tests. His father is a high up scientist in the dome, the one who controls the genetic coding. Due to a slip of the tongue, Partridge learns that his mother might still be alive outside and is determined to find her.

Together outside the dome, Pressia and Partridge team up to search for his mother. The deeper into the search they get, the more horrible are the truths that come out.

My Thoughts- First off, this book is told from the voice of an omnipresent narrator. It felt very confusing at first, characters being referred to by their names and not in the first or third person. There is a small prologue that starts off the story and just from the voice used there, it feels like it is somebody that knows Pressia well, perhaps her grandfather, but then later on, I figured I was wrong and never did figure out who was telling the story.

I have to caution that this book is not for young readers. The author does a wonderful job at descriptions and settings, but the vividness they portray is creepy. The way people are fused to objects kept spinning around in my thoughts, the images are freaky, but the use of them by the author is way cool.

I enjoyed the puzzles in the story too. Several of the subplots end up intertwining and you have to follow clues to figure them out. The ride the author took me on was entertaining and thoughtful. It definitely shows a side to nuclear bombings that I’d never thought of. In fact, the author points out the hope that readers will find their way to non fiction books about the atomic bomb and the horrors that resulted.

The book ends by separating out the youth that will be the main stars of the second book, which will be a fun read. I’m not sure how, but they're going to take on the dome.

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