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Monday, November 26, 2012

"Fuse" by Julianna Baggott~"Pure" Trilogy Bk 2


Book 2 of the Pure Trilogy
We want our son returned.
This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time.
To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the earth, and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge's father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back.
At Partridge's side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in ways she never could have imagined. Long ago a plan was hatched that could mean the earth's ultimate doom. Now only Partridge and Pressia can set things right.
To save millions of innocent lives, Partridge must risk his own by returning to the Dome and facing his most terrifying challenge. And Pressia, armed only with a mysterious Black Box containing a set of cryptic clues, must travel to the very ends of the earth, to a place where no map can guide her. If they succeed, the world will be saved. But should they fail, humankind will pay a terrible price . . .

Published by:  Grand Central Publishing
Pages:  Approximately 465
Genre:  YA fiction/Post Apocalypse
Author:  Julianna Baggott
Learn More:  Julianna Baggott
Book Released:  February 2013

Pre-release purchase:  Barnes & Noble   and   Amazon


"Fuse" is the second book in the "Pure" trilogy and if possible, it's a better book than the first.  While I felt the first section of the book was slow on the up-take, it never faltered in terms of catching the reader up on who's who; the background of the troupe of players involved.  Fascinating young people with a gripping goal of fighting the uber powers contained in a Dome set on controlling the Wretches on the land below them after a catastrophe of detonations they caused.

The beauty of this book and the series in my opinion lies in the magnificent imagination of Julianna Baggott to create people fused together with objects and other people and animals.  She also creates new "creatures" that rise from the dust, as well as muck and forests that are just horrific.  And she creates cyber creatures that sit on the edge of believability...mechanical spiders with timed detonations that sink into human skin, for instance.  I just love the bird back of one of  her main characters, Bradwell.  And the doll head fist of Pressia.  These and others are symbolic of their stations in the story.  So many possibilities for symbolism to ferret through in this book and the series so far.  It's flat entertaining, and one of those sets of books to sit down with a group of friends to discuss.

The story itself grows in depth as the young people are called to greater risks when Partridge, the head of the Dome society's son, is forced to go back to the Dome.   All the answers aren't given in this volume, but so much is told that I was kept in suspense with the characters.  I love them all and can't wait to follow them to the end!

This is a book that will stand on its on, but is best read as a part of the series. 

Fascinating in detail, imaginative and absorbing.  This is a scifi book that grips the heart at the same time it draws the mind in on a symbolic journey through a world nearly descimated by a privileged class. That torn and fused world is on its way to being recaptured by the hope and fortitude of a band of young people with the vision to set things right. 

I am captivated...I think you will be, too.

5 stars               Deborah/TheBookishDame



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