We are back with an interview with author Julianna Baggott and a giveaway of her new book, Pure! It recently came out earlier this month and it's been getting quite a bit of buzz. But before we start the interview, here's the synopsis of Pure:
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.
Hi Ms. Baggott! Tell us a random thing about yourself.
I am the approximate height of former President James Madison -- a mere 5'4"
4 things readers will learn from reading Pure.
There's beauty in ash. The desire to create is an enduring human one. Post-apocalypse, people still fall in love. Dystopian fiction is as much about hope as anything else.
3 things that make you laugh out loud or make you happy.
Jon Stewart, the novelist Rainbow Rowell, my kids/husband doing impersonations
2 favorite characters to write in Pure and why?
I can't pick the two most obvious, Partridge and Pressia -- so I'll go with Lyda and El Capitan, who surprise endlessly.
1 favorite scene in Pure.
I can't say more than that it involves Helmud. If you've read that far, you'll know.
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