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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 dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash...

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

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"Baggott's highly anticipated postapocalyptic horror novel, a dramatic shift from her lighthearted poetry, women's fiction (as Bridget Asher), and children's books, is a fascinating mix of stark, oppressive authoritarianism and grotesque anarchy. Like most survivors of the Detonations, teen Pressia is disfigured, a doll's head fused into the place where her hand should be. She's better off than people who were merged into each other, with animals, or even with the Earth itself, but she's also at risk of being drafted into the paramilitary Operation Sacred Revolution. The few who survived unscathed — known as 'Pures' — live in the Domes, impenetrable arcologies where the few children are forced into rigid training and genetic enhancement. When Partridge, believing his mother to be alive in the wilderness, escapes from a Dome, he's rescued by Pressia. Along with a conspiracy theorist named Bradwell, they gradually discover dark secrets about events on both sides of the Dome walls. Baggott mixes brutality, occasional wry humor, and strong dialogue into an exemplar of the subgenre. Agent: Sobel Weber Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"A boiling and roiling glorious mosh-pit of a book, full of wonderful weirdness, tenderness, and wild suspense. If Katniss could jump out of her own book and pick a great friend, I think she'd find an excellent candidate in Pressia." Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

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"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

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"A great gorgeous whirlwind of a novel, boundless in its imagination. You will be swept away." Justin Cronin, New York Times-bestselling author of The Passage

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"From the first page on, there are no brakes on this book. It's nearly impossible to stop reading as Baggott delves fearlessly into a grotesque and fascinating future populated by strangely endearing victims (and perpetrators) of a wholly unique apocalypse. And trust me, PURE packs one hell of an apocalypse." Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times-bestselling author of Robopocalypse

About the Author

JULIANNA BAGGOTT is the author of many books including national bestseller Girl Talk. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday (ed. Billy Collins), The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, and read on NPR's Talk of the Nation. And her books have received critical acclaim from reviewers and fellow authors alike.

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Susan Hayden, March 29, 2012 (view all comments by Susan Hayden)
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to book 2. It was refreshing to read an author who knows how to write. The book flowed well, kept you intrigued, had all the aspects of a good read. Although it is said to be a post-apocalyptic horror book, it was not over the top and should be found in the teen/young adult section of any library. The characters were well developed. I found this book to read like a movie script; I could picture each scene easily in my head as I was reading because of the detail given. Highly recommend.
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sarah_sal90, February 6, 2012 (view all comments by sarah_sal90)
Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to review this book.

It took me a while to get into the book, it was a long book (almost 400+ pages) and at times it seemed slow and dragged out to me. There was a lot of science fiction and I think that's what people mean when they say 'it was weird' or 'the weird parts'. While I'm not normally a huge fan of sci-fi, this was different. It was not my favorite dystopian novel, I did enjoy it.

In this highly original post-apocalyptic novel the characters were likable and well developed. There was so much details in this book, I think that's why it took so long to get into the book.

Even though it was a YA book, I think this is for older teens, this is very dark with violence disturbing elements, and death. It was creepy and compelling at the same time.

Film rights for the novel Pure have been acquired by Fox 2000, it should be an interesting movie.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781455503063
Author:
Baggott, Julianna
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Survival; Dystopias; Post-apocalyptic society; Good vs. evil; Revolutions
Series:
The Pure Trilogy
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1.25 in 0.85 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Baggott's highly anticipated postapocalyptic horror novel, a dramatic shift from her lighthearted poetry, women's fiction (as Bridget Asher), and children's books, is a fascinating mix of stark, oppressive authoritarianism and grotesque anarchy. Like most survivors of the Detonations, teen Pressia is disfigured, a doll's head fused into the place where her hand should be. She's better off than people who were merged into each other, with animals, or even with the Earth itself, but she's also at risk of being drafted into the paramilitary Operation Sacred Revolution. The few who survived unscathed — known as 'Pures' — live in the Domes, impenetrable arcologies where the few children are forced into rigid training and genetic enhancement. When Partridge, believing his mother to be alive in the wilderness, escapes from a Dome, he's rescued by Pressia. Along with a conspiracy theorist named Bradwell, they gradually discover dark secrets about events on both sides of the Dome walls. Baggott mixes brutality, occasional wry humor, and strong dialogue into an exemplar of the subgenre. Agent: Sobel Weber Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A boiling and roiling glorious mosh-pit of a book, full of wonderful weirdness, tenderness, and wild suspense. If Katniss could jump out of her own book and pick a great friend, I think she'd find an excellent candidate in Pressia."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A great gorgeous whirlwind of a novel, boundless in its imagination. You will be swept away."
"Review" by , "From the first page on, there are no brakes on this book. It's nearly impossible to stop reading as Baggott delves fearlessly into a grotesque and fascinating future populated by strangely endearing victims (and perpetrators) of a wholly unique apocalypse. And trust me, PURE packs one hell of an apocalypse."
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