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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
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
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Nsuku Nkuna This book was truly amazing, I haven't finished the trilogy but I plan on finding other two books. The author did a truly amazing job
This book was truly amazing, I haven't finished the trilogy but I plan on finding other two books. The author did a truly amazing job
Rebecca Norris Like reading level? High School
Topic wise...upper high school and adult. I've read the whole trilogy and the topics and plots get a little mature. Unw…more
Like reading level? High School
Topic wise...upper high school and adult. I've read the whole trilogy and the topics and plots get a little mature. Unwanted pregnancy, somewhat graphic deaths, etc.
A high middle schooler could read it but I wouldn't recommend it unless they're relatively mature
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Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
pure makes the 100 notable books list, even though it is a pretty perfunctory list this year. but this one's inclusion was a pleasant surprise.

Before the Detonations, there were many survivalists living off the grid in those woods. One neighbor, an old man who'd been in a war or two, taught El Capitan how to hide his guns and ammo. El Capitan did everything Old Man Zander told him to. He bought 40 PVC pipe with end caps, six inches in diameter, and some
Emily May
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it

3 generous stars for excellent world-building and interesting ideas but no more because of the novel's density and lack of actual plot.

When I recieved this ARC, I immediately discovered some very interesting facts from the back of the book. This is taken directly from the back cover:

• Won by GCP during a heated two-day auction
• International language rights sold overnight in nine countries
• Film rights sold to Fox 2000 Pictures with Karen Rosenfelt, lead producer of the Twilight saga

Christopher Moore
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pure was a nice surprise and a great break from the current trend of dystopian societies that have been portrayed lately in YA literature. The post-nuked world that Baggott describes outside of the dome city is bizarre and dark, rick, and surreal, with people fused with objects they were near when the bombs went off. The result is on of the most imaginative and, at times, disturbing cast of characters I've encountered since China Mieville's early novels.

I'm sure others will summarize the action
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

When I was a teenager I uncovered a photo album in my grandparent’s house, tucked into the back of a cabinet, dusty and long neglected under stacks of hoarded papers. The album was full of pictures taken in Japan, where my grandfather had been stationed after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WWII. It was like looking at stills from a black and white horror film – destruction on a scale I had never seen before, fragments of the devastat
Eve Davids
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Some books try too much. Pure is that book. It tries to be chilling and gritty and blah blah. It's just plain weird. On the ARC there is some publisher heavy weight telling you this is going to be the next Hunger Games. Yeah. Choke me.
(Read the comment session for more ....)

This book wont really appeal to teens, for several reasons I cant be bothered to list. The science in it, is called fantasy.

The good part? The main character isnt too bad. The girl. The boys are sort of meh. And the writing
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Pure was deliciously dark and twisted, but to me, it just wasn’t good enough.

Three women step out – all fused – a tangle of cloth hiding their engorged middle. Parts of each face seem to be shiny and stiff as if fused with plastic. Groupies, that’s what they’re called. One of the women has sloped shoulders, a curved spine. There are many arms, some pale and freckled, the others dark.

It took me about 120 pages to really get into this book – much more than it should have, of course. I always
This book is dark. It is disturbing. It is ruthless in places and feels dangerous in others. Despite the fact that Pure has been released by its publisher as Adult fiction, it has been quickly embraced as YA. Though I feel as such, it should maybe come with some sort of disclaimer. Fans of popularized YA dystopias choosing Pure for the same satisfying adrenaline injection packaged in a safe, sanitized story with a sweet romantic subplot are likely going to be put off (even repulsed) over what th ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
A doll-face for a hand! Babies protruding from necks! Do I have your attention yet? Ok, this book is harsh! The world is one of THE most disturbing dystopian world I've ever read. It's cruel, it's very bizarre, and it's strangely fascinating. Some things are definitely hard to swallow, but a merciless world such as this - that is built with excellence, might I add- makes for a spine-chilling read that you will not soon forget!

Pressia lives in the aftermath of an atomic bomb that almost destroyed
Wow. I don't even...

I mean, there's just so much to...

I don't even know where to begin, seriously.

I guess I'll just start by saying this book is so...gross. That's it, this book is gross. And frightening. It's everything Anna Dressed in Blood wishes it was—disgusting and terrifying. I mean, homicidal ghosts? Pshh. That's child's play. But post-apocalyptic life with all the food shortages, diseases, no order, no normalcy, mutants—like really nasty looking mutant-y mutants—and horrible ways to
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Catie by: Emily May
3 1/2 stars

I’ve definitely read my way around this premise before, in a few of its different iterations. “Dome” fiction and movies have been around for at least a century, and in the past decade alone we’ve had Under the Dome, The Sky Inside, Gone, Inside/Out, Incarceron…and I’m sure that I’ve missed a few. There’s even a list here on goodreads called, “Help! I’m stuck in a Dome!”

I’ve even toured Biosphere 2 in Arizona. For whatever reason, this idea of surviving in a hermetically sealed and ha
A wonderful, cruel and excruciatingly beautiful, almost poetic piece of steampunk-dystopia.
Kara Babcock
So what if someone set us up the bomb, or several bombs, and instead of nuclear winter and all the survivors dying of cancer, they got fused to each other and bits of glass and animals and broken doll heads? Pure is a horror story about atomic detonations gone wrong. Yeah—if that isn’t a terrifying thought, I don’t know what is. Julianna Baggott postulates a post-apocalyptic world that is the fevered vision of a madman in a dome. And that’s where it all starts falling apart.

I’m so over dystopian
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aly (Fantasy4eva) by: Nomes
Rating: 3.5

This is a bit of a tricky book for me. Originally, I struggled with it, and I contemplated setting this one aside. I'm glad I went ahead with it anyway. It may have not really kicked in for me until the second half but I do think it was worth it.

The premise is truly frightening and the book can be disturbing at parts. You know, it's hardly gory or anything of the sort, but some of the things they have to go through and the way these innocent people have suffered is pretty traumatising
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is going to sound mean, but it occurs to me that someone could make a ton of money if they wrote the following kind of series: in a dystopian world where pockets of humanity struggle to survive, clans of vampires and packs of werewolves come to humanity’s aid to band together against the zombie hordes, led by a tyrannical leader in a totalitarian state. Amidst the chaos, a young girl learns to become a woman, and finds love.

Certainly, the author would need to be talented, there would be ed
Stacey (prettybooks)

Pure would win an award for one of the most imaginative post-apocalyptic worlds I’ve come across. At first, the characters are seemingly in a usual end-of-the-world situation: a cataclysmic event has caused everything to be destroyed; people are left with nothing – no food, no comfortable shelter, just injured bodies and loved ones who have died. But there’s a twist. A horrifying, brilliant twist. I really wish I could mention it in this review – and I was originally going to – but I th
The first thing you must know when you read Pure, by Julianna Baggott: You must abandon all your hard-earned knowledge of science and your common sense.

Okay, I admit the author has some original ideas going for her, but as soon as the first chapter, I found myself unable to suppress my disbelief when I was told after being exposed to a massive, destructive explosion which destroyed the world as we knew it, the main girl was merged together with a plastic doll, and her grandfather has a fan merge
Sarah (saz101)
Ten years ago, atomic bombs destroyed the world, leaving two groups of survivors: those maimed, burned, and horrifically deformed by the fire and radiation; and ‘Pures’—a lucky and select group who escaped the explosions unharmed, safely tucked away in a massive glass bubble called The Dome.

Pressia survived the explosions outside. Life is hard, food is scarce, and Pressia is nearing her sixteenth birthday—the time when she will be drafted for military service with OSR. She’ll be forced to kill,
May 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book was excruciatingly torturous to read. I took forever to finish this book. In fact, it took me over a month to read this whole thing and I wanted to drop it more than a dozen times but I just had to persevere because I’ve become lazy and have dropped too many books recently. If you know me, you know that I read at a fairly rapid rate, finishing a book (if I don’t jump around) in about two or three days if time allows. Well, the length of time is explanatory itself.

Pure was just so dull
4.5 stars

This was gripping and intense and quietly horrifying. Also, beautifully written and fully realised. If dystopia's your thing, you should prioritise checking this out, hey. Full review to come.
Katerina  Kondrenko
9 out of 10

ревью на русском/review in russian

I like gutting books, dismantle stories, taking my time, listening to my feelings. But not this time.
I feel too much. It's like being drummed to death from within. You know?

I agree. I don’t have to delve into my feelings. Reading this book, I wasn't worried about having nothing to say about it in the end. On the contrary, I was careful not to spill those emotions that were born as the story progressed and instantly turned into words. A
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's taken a while for me to work out the words to write this review, and to be honest I still don't have them, but as I read this a while ago now I thought it best to get some words down at least.

When I read Angelfall I remember thinking the weirdness was just... too weird. Something about it felt forced and odd, to me, but I couldn't quite put a finger on what the "right" kind of weirdness would be. Now I know - this book.

The suspense of disbelief is definitely required a little here, but it
First Line: “There was a low droning overhead a week after the Detonations; time was hard to track.”

Cover Story: Paperweight.

I’d put this paperweight on my desk. It would look snazzy. As a book cover, though, I don’t know; the butterfly and dome both figure into the story, but the image isn’t as evocative as it should be for a purely symbolic cover. I don’t think it accurately conveys the tone of the book. (Maybe that is the point but I often pick up a book based on the cover, and I think this o
4.5 stars.

Pure is a gritty, intense, gruesome, disturbing, gripping and incredibly original post-apocalyptic / dystopian novel.

Set in a world 10 years after what could only be described as a nuclear holocaust, the Detonations, the reader is quickly made aware that there are two distinct groups of people. The first are the Pures, a 'superior' group of healthy, well cared for individuals with (seemingly) no imperfections. The Pures are people who were either inside a structure called the Dome, des
Cathy Day
This book "crosses over" between literary and genre in a way that Hunger Games does not (although I certainly liked Hunger Games). What qualities push a book from genre towards "literary?" In this case, it's 1.) the cultural commentary, the idea, the speculative nature of the premise and subject matter; Pure is more overtly political than Hunger Games, and this appeals to me as an adult reader and what dissatisfied me about H.G. And, 2.) Pure is better on the on the sentence level, more psycholo ...more
Diana Stormblessed
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have never had a harder book to review. While reading this book, knowing I was going to review it, I would fluctuate between 2 and 4 stars depending on where I was in the book. I guess its just so different than what I had expected. The best way I can describe this book is a mix between The Road (except instead of zombies eating people, its post-nuclear mutants eating people) and Under the Never Sky (where its the people in a dome vs the savages outside it, except this would be less YA and wit ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
PURE has the distinction of being one of the most hyped books of early 2012. Film rights, a massive auction and a huge advance to the author, a great deal of talk from every corner of the publishing community. As a book that straddles the line between YA and traditional adult fiction, PURE has a lot going for it on paper. And the idea for the book itself is wonderful. I read the synopsis and knew immediately that I needed to read the book. But the moment I turned on my kindle and started reading ...more
I won Pure as a giveaway from Goodreads First Reads. Pure is a dystopian novel about the world after an atomic bomb has been dropped. A select group of people were saved from the disastrous effects and live in a highly protected dome. The survivors outside the dome are gruesomely deformed; fused to whatever they were touching when the bomb hit. The main character Pressia has a doll head fused to her hand; others have it worse and are fused to birds, siblings, or even the ground.

I couldn't finis
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: This book takes you to a dark ravaged existence after a nuclear apocalypse. 

Pressia adjusts the ratty sock that covers the doll head fused to her hand, as she hurries down the dark alley, anxious to get home to her ailing grandfather.  She glances up at the darkened sky.  Everywhere there is swirling ash and dust. It is a landscape devoid of color, everything is black, grey and dirty. The world is one of decay, ash, scars and death.  Pressia, is among the many survivors,
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted @ The Night Bookmobile

Pure is one of the most original post-apocalyptic stories I’ve come across. Patridge’s world inside the dome reflects a more familiar setting, the sort of dystopia story we are used to, with residents of the dome living under a strict new set of rules put in place by the new leaders, to supposedly protect them from repeating their tragic history. The citizens of the dome listen to only sanctioned songs, dine on soytex pills for their meals, and only those
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you liked THE HUNGER GAMES, you'll love PURE. The best dystopia I've ever read. We know there will be two more books in the series plus a movie. My concern is I won't live long enough to see it all come to fruition.
I admire Julianna Baggott and her talent, no matter which name she uses to publish. (Bridget Asher, N.E. Bode)

In PURE the devastation was far reaching, causing melding of bodies or objects with bodies. Our heroine, Pressia, has a doll head for her left hand. A mother has a child mo
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