Pure by Julianna Baggott

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Pages: 431
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN13: 9781455503063
Genre: Adult

This copy was sent to me for review from the publisher and did not affect my opinion.

Review by Geraldine

Synopsis (Amazon.com): 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.

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.

My Thoughts (Spoiler-Free):

When I first read the synopsis of Pure, I was expecting yet another one of those dystopians that claim to be just as good as the Hunger Games *rolls eyes* here we go again. I thought I would be reading the same old story with the same old plot and everything...but I was completely wrong. Pure was nothing like any dystopian I've ever read! Apart from that, I thought that this was going to be another book that had a full dose of unnecessary sappy romance...wrong again. Pure just went above and beyond all of my expectations and did not disappoint at all. 

Julianna Baggott's writing style was beyond detailed and took my breath away at times from the way she described scenes to the way she described characters' thoughts and feelings. Oh and when it came to the world building? *drools* just perfect! Normally, when I read a dystopian book, I can easily point out similarities between the book I'm reading and other dystopians I've read before. But all that was different with Pure because I can honestly say that this is one of the most original dystopian books I have ever read!

There were various POVs in Pure and I think that's part of the reason why Pure managed to have my full attention and keep me interested at all times. Apart from Pressia and Partridge, there were other characters (that for spoiler reasons I will not name) but I will say that although they weren't necessarily main characters, they really added some life to the story in general. 

Although there weren't many things that I disliked about this book, I can't deny the fact that I hate cliffhangers and well...this was a cliffhanger. Also, If you are the type of person that doesn't like detailed descriptions at all, then I wouldn't recommend picking up this book because it might come off as boring. Personally, Baggott's descriptions were a breath of fresh air and had me wanting more every time I turned the page.

The thing I loved the most about this book was the fact that it wasn't one of those dystopian books that don't explain the back story very well; it was such a unique story that had descriptions for everything and I mean everything! For me, this was amazing because It gave me the chance to picture scenes and characters from the book in my head perfectly; it was almost like a movie was playing in my head.

I definitely recommend this book; especially for those of you that think that dystopians don't have any depth to them nowadays. I'm telling you...Pure is definitely one of the few rare dystopian reads that you will come across that has depth not only when it comes to the characters but also when it comes to the world building! All in all, I know anyone who gives this book a chance will be instantly captivated!

While I couldn't go into full detail in this review about what real-life event Pure is REALLY based on (due to spoilers); I hope this review has spiked your curiosity enough to pick it up!

Trust me, you will not regret it! 4/5 stars!

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