I am always looking for a YA novel that will blow me away. Something so creative and original that I find myself wishing I would have come up with something so ingenious. I finally found that book in Julianna Baggott‘s PURE.
From the first line I was hooked into Pressia’s post apocalyptic world. How could you not be drawn into a world where your MC has a doll head fused to her hand, a grandfather exists with a fan lodged in his throat, and a love interest lives with birds growing out of his back? The world building is brilliant in PURE, but it pales in comparison to Baggott’s beautiful prose.
The story is simple. The world has been decimated by an atomic bomb. Those like Pressia, who exist outside the protected dome, live a tortured life with objects from the blast fused to their bodies. They survive simply by living on whatever they can find in the ruins. Their lives a marked contrast to those who live in the sterilized dome. Many of whom are like Partridge, a Pure, who is unaware of what is going on outside his confined world. But after a series of events, Partridge knows something is amiss, and he escapes looking for answers.
Once on the outside, Partridge encounters Pressia, and together they journey through the tortured land looking for answers to what really caused the Detonations. Their travels take them down a twisted path that will have readers shocked and surprised with every turn.
The only negative about this book is that at times it is brutally violent. And while it is considered YA due to the MC’s age, there are some violent scenes that had me flinching.
Baggott left the book wide open for a sequel, and I can say without hesitation, that I am looking forward to seeing what new stones she can throw at Partridge and Pressia in Book 2.
Rating: Definitely Worth The Chase