‘Swirling ash – it’s not all bad. In fact, it can be beautiful, the lit swirl. She doesn’t want to see beauty in it, but she does. She finds little moments of beauty everywhere – even in ugliness.’
When the detonations went off, it left everything and everyone outside the dome genetically mutated. Those inside the dome were spared, sealing themselves off from the outside world, they became the Pures.
Outside the dome, short of food and shelter in an ash-filled world, Pressia Belze is struggling to stay alive. Simultaneously, inside the dome, Partridge Willux is on a mission to find the truth; what really lies beyond the dome? And what caused the detonations in the first place?
A fantastic new dystopian novel from Julianna Baggott; an author who until now, has written under the pen names: Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode
Pure was originally intended to be a YA novel, but at the last-minute it was changed to adult fiction. Honestly I feel it is very much a crossover novel; entertaining for both younger and older readers.
There is a little bit of blood and gore, but not too much. I loved that her characters were imperfect in a physical way – Pressia with her doll’s head fist, and Bradwell with his bird-infused back – because it really gave a little something extra to the novel.
I am a big fan of Julianna’s writing, her scenes depict a macabre beauty mixed with a desolate and desperate landscape for the story to play out in. It is a more complex and thought-out dystopia than something like Divergent (hence it appeals to an adult audience as well), and you will be engrossed from beginning to end. I’m looking forward to the sequel!
Suitable for age 14+
Original Book Girl