Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Revisiting: "Pure" by Julianna Baggott- A Teen Review

We're reposting this teen review since the book just hit our shelves: This time we're going to throw it out under the "Alex Award Watch" category: It's an adult book with teen appeal.
Jordan, our favorite dystopia reader, stops by to share his thoughts on this up and coming novel:

Pure by Julianna Baggott

Review - Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, Pure tells the story of Pressia, a girl who lives in a volatile and dangerous city, and of Partridge, called a Pure, because he lives in what is known as the Dome. The Dome is a gigantic floating structure which hovers over the ruins of the city in which Pressia lives in. 
 This Earth in its current state was cause by what is known as the Detonations - massive, explosions of atomic magnitude that occured when both Partridge and Pressia were very young. In this very hostile city, a sort of government/rouge police force known as OSR takes every child when they turn 16, and makes them join OSR. 

Pressia is very near to approaching her 16th Birthday, and is trying to do everything in her power to not be found. Meanwhile, Partridge is starting to realize the Dome is not everything that he has been led to believe. Urged on by memories of his mother (who died in the Detonations), and hints dropped by his World History Professor, Partridge begins plotting to escape from the Dome and to find out the truth. In an interweaving of their two stories, Baggott creates a world strikingly similar to that of Post-Atomic Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, filled with government cover-ups, wild and willful teenagers, genetic modification, and yes, even some brushes at romance. Pure is sure to shock you, as well as make you pine for the next installment in this trilogy.

Liked most - The gritty, and very realistic writing of Baggott. Pure has much more of an adult feel to it than most other YA books, while still embodying that young adult mindset. The world and concepts are also very imaginative and exciting.

Liked least - The only complaint I have about Pure is the romance in the book. I'm all for romance in a YA book, but this seemed to be kind of a secondary thought, and thrown in more last minute just to appeal to more readers.

Would read again? - Absolutely!!

Miscellaneous - It's supposed to be part of a trilogy, so I'm definitely excited for the rest of the books.

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