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Engrossing and addictive,
This review is from: Pure (Pure Trilogy 1) (Hardcover)
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There have been a number of post apocalypse novels over the years and this is up there among the better ones.
At the opening of the novel, it is a few days following the "Detonations" and the world is all but obliterated, when those who are left hear a droning in the sky above them. Millions of pieces of paper spin and fall to the ground. Their message is clear, but still puzzling.
"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, benevolently."
Right from the start, we know that there are the haves and the have nots. A not unusual dystopian scenario, but things are far more complicated than that. Pressia and her grandfather are two of the have nots and life is a daily struggle. They exist in a destroyed former barber shop, scratching out a living and trying to stay alive. Pressia is nearing her sixteenth birthday and her grandfather is desperate for her to remain hidden from the OSR, to whom she must turn herself in on the sixteenth date of her birth.
Within the Dome, resides seventeen year old Partridge, who has a charmed existence, well removed from that of Pressia. He is attending a history lesson in a climate controlled classroom, when he is summoned to see his father at the medical centre over which he presides.
But, Pressia and Partridge are inextricably linked and far closer than they seem.
Their story and that of those people they encounter within the pages of this addictive tale, is heartrending at times. However, it is the well researched attention to detail that impresses. The terrible toll the "Detonations" have wrought on the world is painstakingly retold. Those who did not die immediately, have been left disfigured and fused to either each other or pieces of everyday objects, animals or birds. Pressia herself has a doll's head fused to her wrist, a doll she was carrying when the nuclear bombs hit when she was seven years old.
Julianna Baggott has written several books for younger readers and I think this novel would also appeal to readers from mid teens onwards.
I won't recall further details, so as not to spoil things for future readers....but read it you must. You won't regret it.
I can also see it making a great movie.