Tuesday, February 21, 2012

After our two-week book blogging hiatus, we are very happy to be back. Today, we have a special treat for you all...

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:
book cover
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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A big thanks to Julianna Baggott for answering our questions. To learn more about Julianna and her books, check out her website and follow her on Twitter. To find out more about Pure, visit its website.

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16 comments:

  1. Love the interview! I love finding out what authors faves are and its even better when they are from their own book! Thanks!

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  2. Thanks so much for your post and hosting this giveaway!! I've heard so many great things about this book!

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  3. ohh that was a great post. This sounds like a dystopian with a new twist, I cannot wait to read it.

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  4. I would luv to read "Pure." I like Partridge. He's so lonely. I would like to read how his life turns out.

    teakettle58(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I love me some Jon Stewart also Julianna lol

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  6. Thanks for the awesome interview! I'd love to read this book!! I also liked the he random fact, which was pretty random and funny :)

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  7. What am interesting interview! You really captured my attention - I have to read this book!
    mom1248(at)att(dot)net

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! We've heard great things about this book (and from the marvelous Laini Taylor, no less) so it's cool to learn more about the author in her own words. :)

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  9. Thanks for giveaway. I really want to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  10. That butterfly would make an awesome hair clip. *nods*

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  11. I am so desperate to read this book, you have no idea. I have seen it all over the place and am so jealous of all you lucky people who have already read it! Thank you for the opportunity to get my hands on a copy :)

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  12. I saw this on you guys' YouTube channel and immediately came over here to enter. I've been wanting this book for so long! Thank you so much. Loved the interview.

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  13. Omg I had been dying to read this book! the cover is amazing! Thank you!

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  14. I enjoy it when there's an interview that shows who the author is. She's so sweet!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  16. This book sounds amazing, and I'd love to read it. I really like the cover. Thanks for having this giveaway.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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