Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pure by Julianna Baggott Review and Giveaway!!

 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.

I’m going to admit that I was a little intimidated by Pure. Partly because of it’s size (400+ pages). When you read this book you have to give it your all. Let me tell you this, I got lost in it’s dark world and I was scared, excited and a bunch of other feelings at the same time. I loved it. This book makes you think: What if something like this happens? Right after I had that though, I wanted to go dig a hole and hide. This is scary you guys!

The writing is beautiful and graphic. When I think of the writing, what first comes to my mind is: Food for your imagination. Does that make any sense? It’s just so descriptive and vivid that you can see every single character in your head. Baggot doesn’t just know how to write and make characters come to life, she also makes the world around them come to life. When I read and I can see in my head what I’m reading like a movie, I know I’ve got an amazing book in my hands.

I don’t want to give anything away but I would love to tell you guys a little bit about the characters in Pure. So, everyone out of the Dome got fused to whatever was close to them when the detonations went off. Take Pressia for example, her hand is fused to a doll head. Isn’t that crazy? How did the author come up with that? The mutilations don’t end there. When I said they got fused to whatever was closed to them I meant ANYTHING! There are the groupies who are fused to other people, there are people who are fused to animals and so on and so forth.

Anyway, Pure is crazy good. If you like dark and awesome this is the book for you.


Here are some awesome drawings by my friend Jocelyn. Both are Pressia and her doll hand. 

Now with the giveaway. Thanks the publisher I'm giving away a copy of Pure! To enter just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. One winner will be chosen on 3/8/12. Sorry US only. 

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1 comment:

  1. OH MY GOSH. This is amazing. So creepy to see Pressia's hand in a photo like this!

    Marlene Detierro (Seward Alaska Fishing)


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