Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review (or why I didn't finish) - Pure (Pure #1) by Julianna Baggott

Pure (Pure, #1)Title: Pure
Author: Julianna Baggott
Series: 1st
Pages: 448
Published: February 8th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing 
ISBN: 9781455503063
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Description: 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.

I Give This
DNF (Did Not Finish)

I was really excited to read this book.  It sounded right up my alley.  I've had a new attraction to the dystopian genre and this one fit the bill.

Sadly, I just could not get into this story.  I so rarely give up on something (one all of last year).  But, I struggled just getting though a few pages.  I didn't connect with the characters at all.  I had a hard time understanding the world they lived in.  When I realized I was only 30% into the story and had been reading it for 5 days, I made myself give up.  There's to many great books out there to make myself finish a book I don't connect with. 


  1. I'm really looking forward to this book. I'm sorry you didn't like it. Was the story terrible or it had an annoying main character?

  2. Oh, no. Good for you for not making yourself keep reading. I've seen more negative reviews than positive on this one.


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