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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Mason and Noah exist in different worlds, but their lives are about to collide.

Mason has a habit of getting into trouble. He's been kicked out of every place he's ever lived in. Moving to the cult-like community of Alteria is definitely a last resort, even if it's better than braving the wastelands outside. But following their strict rules is a hundred times harder when Ma
Published September 8th 2016 by Firefly Press
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Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
You should listen to the voices in your head. At least if you’re at risk of being ‘purged’ because they might just be the key to getting out. You should also listen to the voice (aka me) saying: “Read Purge, it’s intriguing and devious in its storytelling! Definitely a book for those who like twisted mind games.”

Kat Ellis’s newest book is what I call a grow-read. You build up to the twisted finale by following Mason as he adjusts to life on Alteria. The community itself is its own little distort
Ruth Morgan
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stayed up half the night to finish PURGE because I simply couldn't put it down. Hugely inventive and so on my wavelength, I really did enjoy it. ...more
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Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
This one was weird. Bit of an outlier for Kat’s other work. I can see why she originally planned it as a trilogy but can’t in good faith say I’d have stuck around for all of them. I didn’t like/care about the characters and while the way things come together was done well, the build up to that point was not.
Amy Kitcher
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I totally LOVED this! Purge is a post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi novel, set in a future where mankind has all but destroyed Earth. People survive on arks - massive floating communities - whilst engineers race to develop technology that will allow them to flee to New Earth. Mason arrives in Alteria with his sister Ari and a shed load of bad attitude. He meets Eden, and falls for her. The path to love is never smooth, not least of all because Eden's older brother, Lyle, is in charge of signing o ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I've read and loved all three of Kat Ellis's novels that have released so far. Though all have been very different genre-wise, I know I can always rely on her books for strong, unique plots and powerful characters.

Going into Purge, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but that turned out to be a good thing. We follow Mason and Noah as the secrets of their two realities are slowly revealed — Mason in the too-perfect-to-be-true community of Alteria, and Noah in a strange wasteland. I couldn't guess
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book! It had me gripped from the start, I wanted to know more about the world they lived in and how it differed from ours. I was invested in the character's stories and I needed to know what was happening.
I loved the structure of the book with different narratives and how they related to each other. Both Mason and Eden aren't typical YA protags - they have issues and some of them they don't really 'grow' out of, but I won't say more about that for spoilers.
There was always somethi
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a lot more "grown up" than her previous YA books, dealing with drug use and sex. A really enjoyable read, pacey and tense, with humour thrown in appropriately. The double narrative which started early on in the book didn't end as I thought it would, but everything came to a satisfactory end, which was gratifying, as I can't abide books which don't draw the storyline to a tangible ending! A recommended read, whether you read YA as a rule or not. Great characterisation, a well imagined lo ...more
Katy Goodwin
Purge was... interesting. It held my attention okay, and I read it pretty quickly. I’m not exactly sure how to explain it. It just... I don’t know. It’s not my favorite kind of book, I guess.
The characters were pretty good.
My favorite part was the plot twist near the end. That brought this book a whole star up for me and held the momentum throughout the end of the book.
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kat Ellis is a YA author, and has once again produced a little gem! A dystopian world like no other, intertwined with a compelling love story. Brilliant alternative world , well thought out, and the flicking between the different world worked well, and I didn't realise what was really happening until the last quarter of the story. Very enjoyable ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I honestly didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. Kat Ellis is a brilliant writer, with characters that are relatable for audiences. I love how everything ties together at the end, and the moment when you realise the 'structure', so to speak, of the book is absolute brilliant. ...more
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Kat Ellis is the author of YA novels HARROW LAKE, PURGE, BLACKFIN SKY, and BREAKER, and the novella THE TWINS OF BLACKFIN in the THREE STRIKES collection. Her next book, BURDEN FALLS, will be published in the summer of 2021.

You'll usually find Kat up to no good on Twitter, trekking through ruins and cemeteries with her camera, or watching scary films with her husband.

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