Pure – Julianna Baggott


Genre: Dystopian

Reading Level: Medium

Pages: 431

Similar Novels: The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe, The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker, The Killables by Gemma Malley.

An image of the front cover of Pure
An image of the front cover of Pure


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)


Lately, I haven’t had much luck with my reading, because lately, I’ve just been reading books that are… mediocre. Like this one, for example.

The start of my problem with the book is that I think the plot was messy. Instead of having one basic plot going on, the author had several; and not in the interesting way that Card does in Ender’s Game. No – everything is so overcomplicated that after a while, it just becomes interesting.

The character’s were okay, I guess, but some of their thoughts and feelings appeared unrealistic to me – they were forced because the author needed the characters do to this, and it just felt unnatural.

Plus the amount of plot twists the author has fitted into the story become almost comical, and after a while, I honestly wasn’t liking them. It felt as if Baggott had to do everything possible to add on another twist, and after a while, they lost their quirkiness. Sometimes, you thought that the author must have been wondering, “What is the most unlikely thing that could happen in this moment,” and then they made it happen.

I personally did not like this book very much, but I know several people who do, so it might just be depending on your mood/opinions/preferences.

I didn’t like it, but if I had to, I’d recommend this book for teenagers who love dystopian novels.


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