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Publisher Description

Julianna Baggott presents her beautifully written, riveting, breakout novel, PURE, the first volume in her new post-apocalypse thriller trilogy.

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.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
February 8
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

lightningbault ,

Great book

If you're a fan of hunger games, you'll love this book. Very interesting, can't wait for more!

scottgrigsby ,


Most of the characters in this book -- and the animals -- are deformed, usually in some grotesque and horrible way. Honestly, I found the descriptions nauseating, and I normally have a pretty strong stomach. I had to give up reading it after about 80 pages. The story might be great, but I'll never know because I couldn't get past the nightmarish descriptions of the characters and animals.

PookamooJo ,

Not like Hunger Games

I'm not understanding why people are comparing this novel to the Hunger Games, as it's nothing at all like it- emphatically, nothing like it.
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a fan of post-apacolyptical thrillers and sci-fi/ fantasy, so it really fit the bill for me.
The plot is really interesting, and some of the characters unforgettable. The Captain and his brother really stood out for me, the creepiness factor is excellent in these two, and the strange world the author came up with is really inventive and different.

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