Cherry's Review: Fuse by Julianna Baggott [Guest Review]

book cover Hardcover: 463 pages 
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
 Release Date: February 19, 2013
ISBN: 9781455503087
 
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Fuse #2
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
 

When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.
Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.
An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fuse continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.


Cherry's Review:
I couldn't believe that it was almost a year ago that I read Pure** and could hardly put it down. The plot was exciting and fast-paced, and the characters were fun to learn about. I was so annoyed that the book ended so quickly, and I couldn't wait to continue Pressia and Partridge's stories in Fuse.

However, after reading Fuse, I have mixed feelings about Baggott's second book. I had a really hard time trying to get through the first half of the book. There were a lot more characters that I had to get to know and a lot of details in this story that were, at times, uncessary. I still remembered what happened in the first book, but I felt like I had to reread it in order to understand the first couple of chapters of Fuse. It was also really hard to understand Pressia and Bradwell's interpretations of the clues that were left for them. I felt like no regular person would've been able to figure them out, even though it was explained in the story. It was more scientific than it needed to be.

I really struggled to finish the first half of the book, but I'm glad that I did.

The second part of the book was very exciting. There were a lot of twists to the story that renewed my excitement for the series. I had to reread several passages because I was caught off-guard and I was surprised by some of the things that I read in the story. In Pure, my favorite characters were Pressia and Partridge because of their interesting history and relationship. But in Fuse Helmund and El Capitan became my new favorite characters because their relationship with each other was funny and, at times, touching, in the craziest times. I just wish that the unnecessary details (and some unnecessary scenes) were cut out so that the excitement for the book could be continuous. Either way, I can't wait for the third and final book.

**Read Cherry review of Pure (Pure #1) here.

1 comment

  1. Hm. Glad you enjoyed it. Based on reviews (including yours!) this series didn't sound like our cup of tea. (We're so burned out on dystopian...) But we know it's got a strong fan base, and we loved the Real Fauxtographer's interpretation of PURE: http://www.therealfauxtographer.com/2012/05/pure.html

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