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Fuse (Pure #2)

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We want our son returned. This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time.

To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the earth and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at th...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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wow, okay.

so this book and i went on a journey together. let me just say straight-up that pure was one of my favorite reads of last year, and a totally unexpected surprise. at first, i thought "ho-hum, another dystopia marketed to look like a YA book but i will read it because i read books, and i can read it for free, so hooray."

reader, i loved it. and i was so captivated by the premise and the characters and the grippiness of the plot. and i was so over the moon when i got an ARC of this sequel...more
There's a reason we read books. It's so that they will touch us in a way that real life can't. We read and read and read, looking for these books. Trying to find something that affects us, amazes us, challenges us.

Fuse is that book.

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I'm really conflicted on this one. For a solid two-thirds of the book there was a lot about this sequel that just wasn't working for me. I was more than a bit lost in the beginning (after forgetting so many salient plot points from Pure). I just wanted to remember dammit, and feel all the feels I felt reading the first book. So I spent way too much time in the beginning wishing I had done a re-read of Pure before tackling Fuse (which I highly recommend you do).

It's my own fault. Baggott has wri...more
Just as disturbing and highly addicting, Fuse is an excellent sequel to Julianna's compelling dystopian series. If you're known to love unpleasant, often disturbing post-apocalyptic settings, this series is one you should be reading. The world in Pure may just be one of the most freakish worlds I have ever encountered. It's horrifying, yet I can't help but feel a slight thrill the more I read about it. Descriptions of how humans are fused with objects, other humans, or the earth itself is, witho...more
Fuse was so intense so heartbreakingly dreary, hopeless, and yet beautiful I was left at the end of the book with one word on my tongue. *F* *yeah that word* I loved all the off beat characters their crazy horrible fusing, the hideous world and the powers that control it. I even loved it after she ended it with one cruel cliffhanger. It was that good for me. I was on an emotional twirl a whirl along with Cap, Helmud, Partridge, Lyda, Pressia, Bradwell and a little black box. Even the box had...more
Arielle Walker
There's something about these books that really draws you in, a visceral experiencing of the plot that lingers long after you put the books down. This is the kind of sequel that absolutely must not be read without first reading Pure, and is a more than worthy continuation. The world in Fuse has settled into itself. It now feels more familiar than strange, the hybrids and fused humans seem natural after spending so much time with Pressia and Bradwell - and of course El Capitan and his brother - a...more
Dentro de un  Libro
Al igual que el primer libro se haya narrado en presente en tercera persona, lo que es muy original, la trama sigue cuatro puntos de vista, el de Perdiz, el de Pressia, el de Il Capitano y Helmud, y el de Lydia. Cada personaje tiene una personalidad bien definida, por lo que el hecho de que cambie de narrador no resulta confuso en ningún momento.

Los personajes evolucionan mucho a lo largo del libro, lo que resulta muy interesante de leer. Il Capitano y Helmud son dos personajes que cada vez me...more
Amber Skye
Sep 10, 2012 Amber Skye marked it as sequels-i-want
Julianna Baggott has preformed a miracle; Fuse was even better than Pure. This is one of my favourite books ever, and I grew very attached to the people in the book.
Baggott's characters had even more depth than the first book in the series, setting the reader up to fall in love with them. Pressia and Bradwell's relationship becomes more serious; Partridge and Lyda's is challenged. But most endearingly, El Capitan and his permanently fused brother, Helmud grow closer through teamwork and a great...more
Once again, I am left stunned by the Pure series. It is alternately horrific, beautiful, wistful, romantic, and brutally savage. Definitely not my typical read, but I'm so glad that I took the leap. When I read Pure, I was blown away by the author's imagination, and by the fact that the world is based on a premise I find frightening and not out of the realm of possibility. I was drawn to the words that made me see beauty within the horror.

I'm not sure why, but Fuse did not hit me as hard as Pu...more
Liz Wilkins
After a young Wretch is abducted by the Dome and ‘cleansed’ of her fusings and imperfections, she is only able to repeat the Dome’s latest message: ‘We want our son returned. This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time.’ Willux will go to any lengths to get his son Partridge back, including murder.

So FINALLY having been galvanised into action by being granted the joy of the final part of this trilogy “Burn” via netgalley I dived in...more
Apr 30, 2012 Kilikina marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013, other-creatures
This cover is seriously brilliant. I can't stop staring at it...
Fact: Pure was one of the best books I read last year. Fact: Pure has amazing world-building and character development, you won't read anything else quite like it. Fact: Fuse is much, much better than Pure: it's mindblowing-ly awesome.

You probably want to pick up Fuse right after reading Pure, or re-read Pure if you haven't immersed yourself in the world for a while. I struggled a little in the beginning because it took me a few chapters to re-acquaint myself with everyone, where they were, what...more
I literally just finished Fuse about 15 minutes ago, and I’m on such reading high that I couldn’t wait to write my review for it (I apologize in advance for any rambling and excessive gushing)! The second book in the Pure series by Julianna Baggott, Fuse was absolutely AMAZING! In fact, I think it was even more fantastic than Pure was! As the events of the book began to unfold I couldn’t put it down no matter how hard I tried! The savage and astonishing world that Baggott has created drew me fur...more
How does the second book of a trilogy that is already extremely dark manage to turn up the darkness for its Empire Strikes Back cliff hanger? Julianna Baggott manages to find a way to take the gritty, desolate world of fused mutations in the aftermath of nuclear annihilation and drip just enough tender humanity into it to make a grim ending a little sharper. Leaving the reader hungry for the plot turns of the third installment.

It was an unexpected pleasure to return to the characters that were s...more
The Twins Read
Original Rating: 4.5/5

This review can originally be found at The Twins Read .

Holy cow. Whereas I was on the fence about fully recommending Pure to other readers before, Fuse had just made me want to take back all the half-answers I gave, run to the bookstores, and duct tape Pure and Fuse together. (Hehe, "fused" together.)

Fuse reunites us with Pressia, Partridge, and their motley crew. In the midst of all the chaos, Lyda is trying to establish her own identity, but there is one particular perso...more
Cinco estrellas, porque no hay más :D Por favor, que Roca edite pronto la tercera entrega en español, porque esta serie sin duda lo vale.

La segunda entrega, por si alguna duda queda, me ha gustado incluso más que la primera, pues el nivel se mantiene y no decae. Los personajes siguen evolucionando en su complejidad, la trama no se estanca en ningún momento y, lo que es más difícil en estos casos, consigue sorprender e impactar. La historia sigue mezclando lo brutal con lo poético de forma sutil...more
Hola desequilibro emocional.

Soy fan.

Para esta segunda parte, Julianna nos dispara más traumas psicológicos en un mundo consumido por la desesperanza.


El libro

Me parece que a pesar de ser un libro de transición, de nuevo la autora nos lo pone entretenido. Todos van de allá para acá, buscando esto, buscando lo otro, viajes, paisajes y sangre. Siempre en movimiento. Sin embargo, eso no es lo importante en esta parte de la historia.

Tuvimos una introducción y el planteamiento de la trama...more
Yihui Yeo
"Itchy knee. Sun, she go." I am in shock. My brain is literally buzzing from the sheer incredibleness of this book, Christ on a bike.

Julianna Baggott's prose has gotten better since Pure; it feels more natural, more poetic in the sense that the story's begun to really flow. While reading Pure I got the feeling that the conspiracy was a little elaborate for elaborate's sake, but Fuse is a whole other world. Every word in Fuse hits you in the gut, every word calculated. There's no unnecessary embe...more
Well Julianna Baggott, you've done it. You've stepped right on up to the shelf that holds my absolute favorite authors. It's not often that I find a trilogy to fall in love with. It's even less often that I find the middle book of a trilogy to be utterly perfect. Fuse took everything I was pining for at the end of Pure and wove it into something beautiful. Something I wasn't expecting. Something I couldn't stop reading.

I felt at home as I reentered Pressia's shattered world. It was just as I rem...more
If you read my review of Pure, the first book in the Pure Trilogy then you know that I LOVED that book. It was dark, it was twisted, it was sad and beautiful and real. I devoured and adored it.

Sadly, it is often the case in a book series that the sophomore books is lacking, as if the author ran outta steam when writing it. It just does not measure up to its predecessor, which obviously, sucks and Fuse by Juliana Baggott was not one of those books!!

(did i get ya?)

It was flawless.

Truly. I loved t...more
A Book Vacation
To see my full review:

This novel is perhaps a little less disturbing than the first as readers are ready for the extreme images Baggott intricately weaves throughout her story, but it is still a jarring experience. Pressia, with her blinking doll head fused to her hand, the Mothers, with their children fused to different areas of their bodies, El Captain, with his brother fused to his back, and Bradford, with his water birds fused to his shoulders, set the...more
Galadriel Thoman
*Based on a Advance Reader Copy*

Fuse, the second book in the Pure trilogy, manages to escape the (in my opinion) dreaded middle book syndrome of which so many second books succumb. While I was not as completely enamored by Fuse as I was Pure, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and am very much anticipating the third and final volume. I will be reading it again when it is released in order to see if some of my not-so-fond-of moments were taken out in the final draft.

I want to be clear- I love...more
Miss Spookyverse [¬º-°]¬
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Jr Forasteros
Fuse is the second installment in Julianna Baggott’s Pure trilogy, and like any good second installment, the world expands, the stakes get higher and the characters sink to depths that make us fearful for them. In my review of Pure, I highlighted the religious overtones of the book. In Fuse, Baggott continues to weave reflections on faith, fundamentalism and our future into a story where these elements are an organic part of the world.

Fuse isn’t a morality tale about the dangers of religion, but...more
4.5 stars from a very happily surprised reader!

When I read "Pure" last year, I gave it 3 stars and wasn't sure I'd want to continue with the series. I'm so, so glad I decided to read this. It had everything I enjoyed from the first book, and then just got better and better.

We're thrown back into the world of "Pure"- a world that's been ravaged by nuclear detonations, resulting in humans becoming fused with the objects, and sometimes other humans or animals, that were around them when the explosi...more
I just saw this pop up on someone's reviews I'm following and I went immediately to my library and placed a hold on the audio version.

Like many others here, Pure was one of my top favorites from last year and I've been keeping my eyes peeled for the 2nd in this series.

I didn't focus on the YA slotting of Julianna Baggott first in this series; yes, the main characters are young people, but this series deserves recognition beyond the YA moniker.

Though, I have to add, that there does seem to be a l...more
Elisa Johnston
Fuse Review

At a Glance:

It took me a little while to get back into the world of Pure, but once I did I encapsulated myself within it. I loved this book! I read it about a month ago and already want to re-read it!


There was stuff going on constantly. People running for their lives, characters bravely forging ahead in dangerous areas to discover the truth, shooting down dusts (people fused with the ground), tip-toeing within The Dome to stay alive and maybe take it down. So, yes. There was ac...more
Fusión continúa sorprendiendo al lector tanto como su novela anterior. Una trilogía cruda en la que la autora no tiene ninguna delicadeza a la hora de dar muerte, hacer sufrir o mutilar a sus personajes. Algo que la hace destacar claramente de tantas otras novelas juveniles. Cuenta con unos maravillosos protagonistas y una trama trepidante y diferente. Si no llega a ser por lo caótico del comienzo y las varias intentonas que tuve que hacer para poder avanzar de verdad la lectura, el libro hubier...more
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“—Cuando te conocí, pensé que estábamos hecho el uno para el otro, a pesar de que, en algunos sentidos, parecíamos muy distintos y no parábamos de pelearnos. Pero ahora...

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—Ahora no creo que estemos hechos el uno para el otro, sino que nos estamos haciendo el uno al otro, para convertirnos en las personas que seremos. ¿Sabes a lo que me refiero.”
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