Sunday, 26 August 2012


Pure by Julianna Baggott

After the Detonations, the human race has been divided. The Pures, who live a charmed, safe life inside the Dome, and the Wretches, who didn't get inside. They live on the Outside, a wasteland, and have often disturbing afflictions. One day, the Pures will come to rescue the Wretches, they promised. But then a Pure leaves the Dome and both sides see how the others really live.

Hmm. This book had promise, I thought, but I didn't really enjoy it that much. It jumps around between viewpoints, something which I don't usually like anyway, but sticks mainly with Partridge (Pure) and Pressia (Wretch.) Unfortunately, I didn't really like either of them. I found the minor characters such as Lyda and El Capitan much more interesting, and wish we'd spent more time in their heads.

To say this book is a slow-starter is one hell of an understatement. Seriously, you could've chopped out the first hundred pages and made very little difference to the actual story. The blurb of this book (which is actually on the back of the book and about the right length - exciting, huh?) states: When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

Now, to me, this says that the turning point of the novel - the inciting incident, the part where things might actually become interesting - is when the two characters meet. The problem is, this doesn't happen for over a hundred pages. Seriously. Partridge first sees Pressia on page 118. She sees him a couple of pages before that, but it doesn't count as a meeting. And even after that, it takes a long time to get going.

I didn't like the ending either, but that's becoming the norm for me. Maybe it's me rather than the endings.

Also, that little fireball referencing the Hunger Games on the cover? Yeah, that's not a sticker. That's actually part of the cover. Not impressed.

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