Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: February 8, 2012
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Pure #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
Pressia was once an ordinary girl until the detonations happened and she, along with other survivors, became deformed with her hand fused with a doll's head. She has reached the age where she has to join the militia or become their target. Instead Pressia, with the help of her grandfather, decided to run away (leaving her grandfather and only living relative behind). But unlike Pressia, Partridge was unharmed because he was one of the few who were chosen to live inside the Dome. However, when Partridge finds a clue that his mother could be alive outside the dome, he takes a huge risk to venture out and find her. When the two meet by accident, they soon discover that they are connected in a very big way and are very much in danger.
This book was very exciting, full of action and mystery. I could not put the book down (no matter how tired I was)! There was a new clue that brought some light to Pressia and Partridge's past or a life-or-death situation that I wanted to read to make sure that my characters stay alive. I've never read this type of story before. It's a weird but fascinating world that Baggott created.
I have no real criticisms with this book except that it is book one of a series! I'm glad that their story continues because there were a lot of unanswered questions in the book but it's a bit frustrating because I have to wait until the next book comes out to find out what happens to Pressia and Partridge. I need to know what happens to them now! Haha!
Overall, it was a great book and I hope the author continues the excitement and action in the second book as she did in Pure.