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Pure (Pure Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Julianna Baggott
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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Feb 2014 Pure Trilogy

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters. We will, one day, emerge from the Dome to join you in peace. For now, we watch from afar.

Pressia Belze has lived outside of the Dome ever since the detonations. Struggling for survival she dreams of life inside the safety of the Dome with the 'Pure'.

Partridge, himself a Pure, knows that life inside the Dome, under the strict control of the leaders' regime, isn't as perfect as others think.

Bound by a history that neither can clearly remember, Pressia and Partridge are destined to forge a new world.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455526681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455526680
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,072,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julianna is an award-winning poet, novelist, and young adult writer. For years, she has been thinking about writing a futuristic dystopian novel about a society of haves - the Pure, who escaped the apocalypse and live in an uncontaminated dome-covered city - and have-nots - the wretched survivors who live in the nearly-destroyed outside world.

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'A great, gorgeous novel, boundless in its imagination. You will be swept away' (Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of The Passage)

'PURE is a post-apocalyptic thrill ride, filled with wildly inventive characters whose journey of struggle and revolution manifests as a fast-paced narrative full of promise and hope. As visceral and kinetic as it is socially relevant, PURE is bursting with imagination and epic adventure. Baggott is here to stay. And we are all the beneficiaries' (Steven Schneider, producer of Paranormal Activity I and II)

'PURE is a dark adventure that is both startling and addictive at once. Pressia Belze is one part manga heroine and one part post-apocalyptic Alice, stranded in a surreal Wonderland where everyone and everything resonates with what has been lost. Breathtaking and frightening. I couldn't stop reading PURE' (Danielle Trussoni, bestselling author of ANGELOLOGY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A stunning coming of age novel set in a richly imagined post-apocalyptic world. For fans of THE PASSAGE and THE HUNGER GAMES this is a fantastic addition to the growing canon of dystopian fiction

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An original, absorbing and well-written novel 5 Dec 2011
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Wow! Pure is the first modern fantasy novel I've picked up in I don't know how long which has truly gripped me. There seems to be a conveyor belt somewhere routinely churning out awful bland fantasy from writers of very average ability, but I'm delighted to say that Julianna Baggott has broken the mould. Pure is the first book in what promises to be an extremely original, involving and, best of all, well written trilogy for young adults which older readers can also enjoy.

Pure leads us into a dystopian America, shell-shocked by a cataclysm known as the Detonations which has left the survivors genetically mutated and fighting to stay alive in a world choked with ash and inhabited by creatures that can no longer be called human. Only those evacuated to the mysterious Dome were protected from the Detonations and they continue to live in isolation from the devastated world outside, an untarnished people regarded by the survivors with fascination and jealous hatred. The story follows the intertwining lives of individuals from both within and without the Dome as they begin to learn the truth about the world they live in and the complicity of those who run it.

I found Pure instantly engaging and the quality of the writing is apparent from the very first page. The characters are real, you care about them, their universe becomes your universe. There are paragraphs within this book which are written with such beauty and subtlety that they take you by surprise. Pure is full of action and a fair amount of blood, but it never becomes coarse or gratuitous like some out-and-out action flick.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything is Broken 19 Dec 2011
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Dystopian fiction is rarely a barrel of laughs, but 'Pure' is probably just about the darkest, bleakest speculation on humanity's downfall I have read. This is a distressing book in so many ways, not least because the cruelty displayed by some of its characters is all too plausible. It rivals 1984 in its bleak analysis of the human condition.

'Pure' is set after the 'detonations', a cataclysmic chemical and nuclear fire-bombing of the entire planet (we assume). The fortunate ones were sheltered in an impervious dome, the rest were left to fend for themselves with the promise that 'We will one day emerge from the Dome to join you in peace' there is a heavy suggestion that those inside are God's chosen few.

The story begins a decade or so after the detonations, and follows Pressia and Partridge Wilux (who rivals Ender Wiggin for a 'most ridiculous protagonist name' award). Pressia lives outside the Dome in a ruined city with areas such as the Meltlands and the Deadlands. Partridge lives safe inside. Pressia lives with her grandfather, eking out a hand to mouth existence, bartering and trading favours to survive. Partridge is the son of the Dome's designer. All children in the dome are subjected to genetic recoding; enhancements to make them more useful to the rarefied society in which they life. Rather inevitably, Partridge is unhappy with his lot, and devises a way to escape.

The power of 'Pure' is derived from Baggott's evocative descriptions of the world outside of the Dome. Everything is broken; nothing works as it should. Almost nothing can be grown, the ground is so contaminated. The inhabitants themselves are broken, both mentally and physically.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Apocalyptic Dystopic trilogy 8 Dec 2011
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Pure is the start of a dystopic trilogy which tells the tale of resilient young characters fighting against overwhelming odds of survival. Set in a ravaged post apocalyptic world in the far distant future, life on Earth has been decimated by a series of atomic 'Detonations' which has left the majority of survivors 'fused' with inanimate objects and materials to their bodies, thus leaving them grotesquely deformed. Meanwhile the few who survived unscathed, inhabit a controlled environment known as the 'Dome', uncontaminated and sheltered from the wretched landscape in preparation for the 'New Eden'. Those who live in the Dome claim to watch the survivors from afar benevolently in the hope that one day they will emerge and join them in peace.

However as sixteen year old heroine Pressia finds out, the motives of the Dome are far from benevolent. Pressia is what they call a 'wretch', a survivor who is disfigured, a doll's head fused into the place where her hand should be. Without giving too much away Pressia fate leads her to other survivors and Partridge, a 'Pure' who has only ever know of life within the Dome. Partridge, believing his mother could be alive outside, escapes from the Dome and is rescued by Pressia. On the run together, they discover dark secrets and an oppression that threatens to extinguish all hope for the future and their survival.

Pure incorporates a mix of oppressive authoritarianism and grotesque anarchy. This is an absorbing novel with characters who are emotionally complex, coming to terms with the 'Before' and now. The pace is upbeat and the theme of survival, humanity and dignity are always on the forefront, but there is perhaps a message of what it means to be 'Pure', as in pure of heart as opposed to pure in physical form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and gritty
Wonderful story, beautifully written and good format. This book pulls you in without you realizing and forces you to keep reading. Read more
Published 1 month ago by IonaGibert
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but I'm not totally convinced
In 'Pure', people are divided. The pure, unblemished people live inside a dome, shielded from the outside world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Macey89
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Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer 34
2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre
I usually don't have problem suspending disbelief when reading books, but this one was just too far for me, so I finished the book, but only just. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. D. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars meh...
It was ok, earlier reviewers raved about it leaving me expecting more maybe? Would I recommend it? No not really, will I buy the others? No. Just average.....
Published 4 months ago by Jillanovich
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesomely good
I’ll be honest, I picked up Pure in the bookshop based mostly on the fact that the sticker on the front says ‘Love The Hunger Games Love Pure’. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ashleigh Allsopp
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
really enjoyed this book, I was looking for something similar to the hunger games and this came up in my recommendations, didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 7 months ago by laura edinburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK WELL WRITTEN
I purchased this book because of the reviews people had left. After the first chapter I wasn't sure it was the book for me, but after chapters 2 and 3 I was totally gripped and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by rattyratbag
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
An easy read, i felt it was intended for an audience much younger than me however i enjoyed the story. It's really well written.
Published 8 months ago by Anonymous
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow-paced but well-built
Pure was an average read. If I had to some it up in one word, that would be it, average. I’ve read many dystopians, and this one doesn’t stand out for me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jack (The Book Stop)
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