Pure, a dystopian novel set in the not too distant future, was quite a different read than I was expecting. The world inside Pure is a scary place, fuPure, a dystopian novel set in the not too distant future, was quite a different read than I was expecting. The world inside Pure is a scary place, full of deformities, fear, and struggles. Julianna Baggott has proven herself to be quite the creator of worlds, though sadly this was a world I wasn't too keen on staying inside of.
Overall, it was a good read. In Pure, some sort of detonations (atomic I gathered) ended up ending civilization. Those who were lucky escaped into the Dome and are now living in a utopia (or so they think... aside from the genetic tests done on young men, the brain washing of young women and the utter control of everything...) Then there are those who were unlucky enough to be outside when the detonations happened. The people who are now simply known as the Wretches.
Something was in the detonations. Something that managed to cause people to fuse to whatever they were closest to at the time of the big boom. People are mutants now. Some fused together, some melded with fans, auto parts, toys, animals... Some even became so unlucky that they lost most of their humanity, become Dusts: monsters in the sand.
Yes, this is a scary, scary world. Picturing all of the mutations... imagining what it would be like... that was pretty intense.
Pure ends up bouncing between 4 point of views. Pressia, who has lived outside the Dome and has a doll permanently fused to her hand. Partridge, who has lived inside the Dome but has now escaped, intent on finding his lost mother. The other two POVs were seldom, and honestly: Felt completely unneeded. I feel as if the story could have felt more solid and gripping if those two hadn't been thrown in. If I had been given a choice, I personally would have chosen to stay solely inside Partridge's head the entire read. His was the story I wanted to hear.
Though the world was scary, the overall story fascinating, something about this read fell a little short for me. I am a fast reader: It took me two weeks to read this book. There was a ton of info dumping (via rants), many parts I cannot even remember, along with the unneeded POVs. Because of this, I felt myself dragging to finish this read. I wanted to. But picking it up to read became a chore more than a desire.
Then there was the ending.
Okay, I get that this will most likely be some sort of trilogy. But the way this book ended made me mad. Because... it didn't end. I honestly felt no true resolution. Though I will most likely read the next book whenever it comes out, I felt cheated at the end of this one. Two weeks of reading, and nothing but the frustration that I now have to wait for book two to help me understand most of what I just read.
Like I said: Pure was a good read. There was something about this book that I did love. The creativity Baggott had in forming the people/creatures, the world, all of the in depth histories, left me impressed. I have a feeling many people will enjoy this read. As for me: It will rest on the "that was good" shelf.
(I received this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any way.)...more
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a magical story about fate, love, and battling for it all. Laini Taylor truly has a magic quality with her words, and waDaughter of Smoke and Bone is a magical story about fate, love, and battling for it all. Laini Taylor truly has a magic quality with her words, and was able to weave a story that left me wondering.
The beginning was a bit rocky for me, to be honest. I kept reading though, mainly because others had raved so much about this book. After a bit I finally got into the groove of things, and was pulled in. The main character Karou was very interesting, what with her blue hair, crazy battle skills and the fact that she was raised by chimeras. I couldn't help but wonder what the heck was going on with her, and what secrets her psuedo-father Brimstone, the teeth collector, was keeping from her.
Then you meet Akiva. An angel who at first is set out to stop Brimstone from his magical secrets. That is, until he meets Karou. Then everything changes. There is something about her that he can't resist. And now he finds he cannot bear to leave her. The reason why... is so much more than he expected.
Overall, the story was enchanting. Taylor created a world that was pretty believable, full of mystical creatures, battles of fate, and faithful friends. Many times I literally felt like I was there, in the story instead of reading it.
My issue with this read was that about three quarters of the way though, the story suddenly changed. I get why it did, and it does make sense. Still, I felt disoriented and am still unsure how much I do like that choice. Though everything does connect and make sense in the end (which might I add, leaves you with a complete, total cliff-hanger)... I can't say I fully enjoyed the switch up. I loved the story that was told. I really did. But... See? Even now I am all flustered.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone was a very enjoyable read. I do look forward to the next book in the series, though I might not be clambering to the bookshelves to get it as fast as I had hoped. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick magical outlet from their normal, mundane world....more