Fuse Paperback – 18 Jul 2013
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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)
'Discomfiting and unforgettable' ( The New York Times )
'This novel sizzles with invention and viscerally disturbs with its portraits of catastrophe' ( The Sunday Times )
'She has a flair for keeping the pages turning with a combination of short, sharp action beats and drip-fed revelations. Strong stuff, and gripping to boot' ( SFX magazine )
The second book in the PURE trilogy for fans of THE PASSAGE, THE ROAD and THE HUNGER GAMES.See all Product Description
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That I feel so discomfited signals a degree of disappointment with the book. I really liked Pure. It is dark and dirty; a dystopian vision that works, that goes deeper than just another Hunger Games clone. 'Fuse' however ploughs the furrow left by Kantiss Everdeen. Pure explores some interesting areas, such as the role of technology in human advancement and the futility of hankering for a better time. The concept of being fused to your past was fascinating. Best of all 'Pure' wasn't all about an oppressed group sticking it to their overlords. Which is exactly what 'Fuse' is.
The fragmented heroes in this book are trying to destroy the Dome and bring down its leader, Ellery Willux. The book starts slowly. The bleak existence of those outside the Dome makes for heavy reading, but things do eventually get going. The narrative becomes exciting and there are some great set pieces, but I felt the story became a string of events, with characters arbitrarily being pushed in one direction or another. It's plot development as practised by the writers of Lost.
Too often characters would suddenly acquire significant pieces of information, important landmarks would not be guarded, characters who had been useless, suddenly acquired value. Worse still, Willux, the central villain becomes a caricature of himself.Read more ›
Recommended reading age is thirteen and up. Due to some language, adult moments, and a rather grim setting and situation.
It follows on from Pure (Pure Trilogy). There is no exposition or recap in here at the start. So new readers shouldn't use this as a jumping on point.
Those who have read Pure, read on. Although the lack of a recap or early exposition in this does mean it might take you a short while to get into it, depending on how long it is since you read the first book.
This volume runs for five hundred and fifty pages. It has a prologue, then three parts. Those are divided into chapters, none of which are very long. Each has a different viewpoint character, out of a small group of them. Everything is told in third person present tense.
The prologue is one of those openings that seems a little strange at first read, since it's written in italics and brings in a new character in a strange setting. But hang on in there, as it will all make sense.
Then we're back with Pressia and Partridge and their associates. As they struggle to survive in the world outside the Dome. To find answers. To see what can be done about the Dome. And most importantly, about the Dome leadership's efforts to get Partridge back.
The opening part is one of those where it feels as if you're waiting for something big to happen, but pages do turn rapidly as the writing does keep you going qutie nicely while you wait for big events. The world of the story remains a very convincing and very nightmarish setting.Read more ›
Fuse is the second book in what is set to be a trilogy within the Pure world. Essentially this second installement takes us back to Pressia and Partridge as they try to fix what is inextricably broken - The Dome. Remember that place? Where only the perfect, not the imperfect marked by their scars and fused to various bits and bobs, can live. The Dome where Partridge came from.
My major problem with this book was not the concept. As I've said, I loved Pure and the ideas are phenomenal - some of the questions raised about the meaning of being Pure are riveting. But Fuse was slow and bleak. It took such a long time for me to start getting into the book that, I'm ashamed to admit this, I almost gave up. I'm one of those people that NEVER quits on a book, you just never know if it's going to suddenly surprise you and then you'd just be gutted you never found out how good it really was. But seriously, I had to bribe myself to continue with chocolates and tea. This book has made me fat.
Fortunately, as the story progressed the storytelling did improve and I remembered why I fell in love with this world so much. But I just don't know if I can go through the torture of re-reading Pure and Fuse again for when the final installment comes out...
I really think a lot of readers will be disappointed by this, the real question is whether or not this is just a typical middle book syndrome problem or whether the third one is going to be any better. Look, I've just talked myself into reading the final installment just to make sure haven't I? Guess it wasn't that bad; a shame it took such a long time to take off, but I still have hope.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We've already read this book and loved it, but my daughter really wanted the U.K. edition which has different cover art than what is available in America. Read morePublished 7 months ago by retann
too much "explanation" as "catch-up" from book one which breaks down flow of narrative.Published 15 months ago by lb
Read the first book and was hooked. Ggod follow up novel. Bought it as was billed as "like the Hunger games you'll love this". Read morePublished 16 months ago by peter stone
Loved the book even better than the first part. Great characters, great scenery. Would definitely recommend to read it. Absolutely one of my favorites.Published on 7 Mar. 2014 by Ksenija Trusova
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. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2014 by Liz Barnsley