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Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

In a sentence or so: The world is broken and divided after the detonations. Two teens from opposite sides  of the conflict find themselves reluctantly relying on each other to change the future.

The detonations divided the people into the Pure and the fused. Either you were inside the dome and are living a perfectly controlled life, or you’re scarred and broken and mutated with pieces of whatever you were holding – or wherever you were – permanently fused to you.

Partridge was inside the dome. He’s not mutilated but he does have some serious emotional baggage. His dad was the one responsible for the whole detonation, his mother died in the detonations, and his brother died by suicide inside the dome. After a slip of the tongue from his father, Patridge thinks his mother might not be dead after all and decides to risk life outside the dome.

Pressia was outside the dome. She lives with her grandpa in an old barber shop where he repairs people the best he can and she trades her wire creatures for what they need to survive. She’s desperate to have memories of her parents, yet the ones her grandpa gives her don’t resonate for her. Why can’t she remember her life before the detonations?

Holy world building, Batman! Julianna Baggott creates a world filled with incredible detail, backstory, mystery, and conspiracy theories. Each of her characters had a unique history and specific purpose within the plot. Watching the characters come together throughout the read provided lots of twists and turns while also adding depth.

Ultimately, Pure by Julianna Baggott is a dystopian meets science-fiction with incredible depth and detail. The plot is always moving forward, even if you’re not always sure where you’re heading. Julianna Baggott doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war and what I imagine a dystopian society would include, which was spooky and refreshing. Lots of groundwork takes place in this one which means lots of action should follow in the series!

Does this book sound like it would be up your alley? LUCKY FOR YOU I have a copy to give away, thanks to the awesome peeps over at Grand Central Publishing.

Contest Closed.

Fave quote: "Partridge isn't so sure - to be in a cage or set loose into this world? This is a question that he should be able to answer." (Pg. 213)

Fix er up: While I enjoyed Pure, I did have some issues with the read. The chapters started with a character and a title. I assumed that the character would be the one narrating, but that was not always the case. Sometimes we would get the inner thoughts of the character and sometimes we wouldn’t. It was almost like the chapter was centered around that character…but not quite.

Title: Pure (Pure #1)
Author: Julianna Baggott
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Publishing Info: February 2012, Grand Central Publishing

[FTC Notice: I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Dana at Grand Central Publishing!]

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I started Pure but sorta left it be awhile ago. For some reason I just couldn't get into it. I also felt confused about the narration and titles thing.

    I did love the world-building tho fo sho! Awesome giveaway, dude! Thanks :D

  2. I'm not sure I would like this one. It sounds so... creepy and intense. But in a weird way I'm not sure I'd enjoy.


  3. I read this earlier this year and wasn't really convinced. The writing is unbelievably detailed but after a while, I actually got to the point where there was a bit too much detail and I felt like it made the story drag. With the various characters' mutations, for example, towards the end I was getting a bit weary of the shocking descriptions interrupting the story. That said, I definitely agree that it makes for what I imagine is a more accurate post-apocalyptic setting!

    From other reviews I've read, I kind of get the impression that this is one you either love or hate. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  4. Awesome review!! I've been thinking about giving this one a try so maybe I will!!

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!! I am a new follower :D

  5. Completely and totally agree on the world building with this one!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway, I've been dying to read this one for SO long!
    I'm glad to hear you liked it to. I trust pretty much anything you like :P

    1. I think I liked it... but I'm not totally sure.


  8. Oh, it sounds awesome!! I've been wanting to read this one for a while. Plus, the cover is gorgeous!

    Off to go enter your contest. :)

  9. My heart belongs to this book and this author for making it. I am having a doggone fit for Fused, the next book. I'm not sure why I connected with this book so much. The world-building was so superb as were the characters and the grotesque horrors of the story. I just adored it in some oddball way.

    1. I didn't love it as much as I had hoped. :/

  10. I didn't really connect with any of the characters in this one, and I think for me, that was my biggest problem with it. Otherwise, I agree with you - Julianna took a LOT of care with her world-building, and I liked that. Sadly, it was a "meh" read for me, because I think it was just bogged down with too many different points of view.

    Great review, Lisa! I do feel like PURE has some potential that I hope the sequel follows up on.

    1. I agree that this one was definitely a meh read which was massively disappointing.

  11. I saw this in a Time article a few weeks ago, one that was discussing how repetitive dystopian romances are in teen fiction. But this author seemed to get especially creative with the characters involved in her romance, so I just may give this one a shot.


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