Pure (Pure, #1)

Pure (#1)
Julianna Baggot
YA Dystopian Fiction
Rating 4

Ah another YA dystopian…but I still manage to find enjoyment in most them and this was no exception.  This had been on my TBR for a very long time, but thanks to Niki and her Your Pick for Nik Book Club, I finally got around to reading it! Make sure you check out her awesome review of the book too on her blog by clicking here.

Pure was a well written dystopian with a pretty unique spin on it…survivors of the explosions which wreaked havoc on the earth were fused to objects, animals, and whatever (I hate using this word, but I really can’t think of anything else!) “things” nearest to them. For example; fans, dolls, cars, asphalt, windowpanes, etc. It gets pretty creative and I thought it was a pretty awesome idea especially since the author made it seem pretty believable. 

While there are these fused survivors fending for themselves out in the dangerous open lands, there are a select community of survivors, or Pures (hence the title), who were able to survive the explosions in a protective dome.  Inside the dome, they escaped the fusions and other harmful after effects while living in a so-called “perfect society”. Like any other dystopian novel, obviously this is not the case, but the sinister twist is quite original in my opinion.

The characters in this story are also pretty awesome.  I particularly enjoyed the main female character Pressia, as she didn’t seem to be too headstrong and so-brave-there-wasn’t-anyway-I-could-relate (cough cough Katniss).  For instance, at one point she admits to enjoying food and clothing given to her even though she knows it’s from people she shouldn’t accept it from and actually wanting more of it.  That, I think, is just honest.  On the other hand, she proved she was capable of making sound decisions on her own and being brave when she needed to be. Relatable.

The plot is great too.  It keeps you guessing all the way through. I was never able to really guess what was going to happen (although some parts you may see coming). But, overall, it was unique and unexpected for me making the story really enjoyable even though it didn’t have that breakneck speed I’m typically used to with other YA dystopians.

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7 Responses so far.

  1. I’m always on the lookout for a new dystopian – this one’s going on my TBR list! Great review!

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  3. Jay says:

    Hi Steph,
    This one sounds really interesting, YA is not my primary genre of reading but, like you, I am finding some of the “YA Dystopian” lit to be irresistible. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention. 🙂
    -Jay

    • Steph says:

      No problem! I was suspicious of this one at first, because there are just so many dystopian novels now…but it was pleasantly surprising. And I’m still not tired of the genre either!

  4. Grace says:

    This looks like a great read! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂