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Pure

Format:  Hardcover,

434 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Pub

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9781455503063

ISBN-10: 1455503061

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We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

Specifications

Publisher: Grand Central Pub
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9781455503063
ISBN-10: 1455503061
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 434
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.5
Walmart No.: 9781455503063

About the author

Biography of Baggott, Julianna

Julianna Baggott received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994, where she held a Greensboro Scholar Fellowship. In 1998 and 1999, she placed nearly forty poems and short stories in such magazines as Poetry, The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Indiana Review. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Delaware Division of Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale Foundation.

Winner of the Eyster Prize for Fiction in 1998, her manuscript of poems was a 1999 finalist in Breadloaf's first-book prize. She lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband, poet David G. W. Scott, and their three children. Girl Talk is her first novel.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-03-02)

Baggott has written fiction, poetry, and children's books, but nothing she has done can prepare readers for the power and sheer inventiveness that burns straight through this first volume in a dystopia trilogy. The Detonations have left an inhospitable landscape and a group of survivors fused with whatever they were near at the time-animals, friends, children, a fan, the very dust of the earth. At age 16, all survivors must turn themselves in to become either soldiers or live targets for those in charge of this dark and frightening world.

Just 16 and fleeing her fate, doll-fisted Pressia encounters Partridge, one of the Pures who were (suspiciously) safe inside the Dome when the Detonations hit. Pressia and her rebellious, bird-backed friend Bradwell help Partridge as he looks for his mother, who he has just learned might still be alive. What they find is a whole lot more surprising.

Verdict: Not just for fans of fantasy, dystopia fiction, or coming-of-age tales; highly recommended for anyone who wants an absorbing read.

[See Prepub Alert, 9/11/11.] - Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2012-05-01)

In a creepy dystopia future, the detonation of na no technology bombs causes people to fuse with whatever was near them during the explosion-animals, other people, or, sometimes, objects. Since the blast, the unaffected "Pures" live inside the Dome in isolation and under rigid control. In swirling ash and constant fear, the misshapen "Wretches" live outside, eking out meager existences, hiding from the local militia, and plotting to attack the Dome.

Partridge the Pure wants to find his mother and the truth about his past. Pressia the Wretch seeks safety and salvation. When the two meet, they find something else entirely. Baggott's imagery is matchless in this freakish and compelling tale of love and revolution. A full-cast narration (Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, and Casey Holloway) transports the listener thoroughly into Baggott's imaginative and substantial details.

Verdict: A sure hit for fans of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and Stephenie Meyer's The Host.

- Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L.

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Alex Awards, 2013 (United States)
  • Audie Award, 2013 (United States)

Book description

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters...

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers... to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash...

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

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