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(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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing
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Nancy Fuse is the second book. Burn is the third. I don't see how you could understand Fuse without reading Pure.
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Fuse is the second book. Burn is the third. I don't see how you could understand Fuse without reading Pure.
I believe the main character (Pressia) is 16 or 17 years old. And Partridge is also about that age. A few characters are a bit older. The adults in the story secondary characters.(less)
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Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bookshelf, 2013
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
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
If I take off one star for that ultra-mean cliffhanger, there are still at least five stars left.
I love it.
Ayesha Syed
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia
4.25 stars!!

This series deserves A LOT more praise and recognition tbh.
Carolyn Klassen
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
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
I hate it when authors do a trilogy when it could have been a duo-logy...

Don't get me wrong, there is very important things that happens in the last 100 pages of Fuse, but that could have easily been worked into the last book, I'm very sure.
This book was so close to a DNF for me. It drags on in the beginning for an eternity, and only pic's up around the 60% mark.

I really want to know what happens to all this charters and this epic world Baggott created, but if I have to sit through another dry s
Deborah Schultz
This book was put-downable. I liked the story, but nowhere near how much I liked Pure. I was a little annoyed with the romances, the girls emotions and attitudes were odd - one girl keeps changing her mind about how she feels, and the other knows what she feels but doesn't seem to want to feel anything. This book, I didn't really find Partridge, Bradwell, Pressia, or Lyda compelling. I did however, really love El Capitan and Helmud in this story. They build their relationship, Helmud is develope ...more
Apr 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: other-creatures, 2013
This cover is seriously brilliant. I can't stop staring at it... ...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
Liz Barnsley
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Fuse is the middle book in Baggott’s Pure trilogy, which is a post-apocalyptic exploration of scientific madness, the abuse of power and riches, and the complications of acting as a hero. Fuse concentrates heavily on those living outside of the Dome, a massive structure with its own ecosystem that was designed to survive total destruction–and did. Pressia, its heroine, and Bradwell, her maybe-love interest, lead a small, determined band of “Wretches,” those who survived the blast from outside th ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
The characters in this series are unforgettable. The author did a great job at the details. Just as good as the first and now on to the third book in the series.
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So much happens in this book, and it's just so good! Loved these developments, and following the clues that Art left, and all that, just really great! Really can't wait to read Burn! ...more
Dayanna Toro
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh, Bradwel :(
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received my copy from Headline Publishing through Nudge and rated it 4.5 stars.

In this, the second book in the Pure trilogy, we meet our protagonists where we left them at the end of the first book. Pressia is with Bradwell for whom she is developing feelings she doesn’t recognise or trust and trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s recently found and lost her mother, discovered that her father may still be alive and the existence of her half-brother, Partridge who is a Pure, from the
Natalia Dal Pizzol
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I enjoy Pure, but this book dragged on. It was a boring read, some chapters added nothing at all to the plot. For this reason, I will not continue reading this series (at least for now), and if I ever pick it up again it will be because of El Capitan, the only character I truly liked.
JR. Forasteros
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-dystopian
Although the book was interesting, it got really engaging only in the last 150 pages so it lagged a bit for me in the beginning and felt at times choppy, but that might be because I read the first book a long time ago. There was also a bit too much love-related portions that seemed inappropriate given the gravity of the situation. However, the writing is very easy to get through and paints quite a gory and bleak picture of a post-apocalyptic world.
Elisa Johnston
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Janelle Dazzlepants
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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
Galadriel Thoman
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
*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
A Book Vacation
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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