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Teenage Musings: Pure by Julianna BaggottPure
Author: Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure #1
Publisher: Headline
Date: June 2012
461 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Dystopian
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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.

Reviewed by: Jack

Pure was an average read. If I had to some it up in one word, that would be it, average. I’ve read many dystopians, and this one doesn’t stand out for me. I took me quite a while to get through this novel, over a week. It was not really a page turner for me at all, but I can see why it’s a pretty popular novel. It’s a big story, an epic plot. Just not really for me, I’m afraid.

I didn’t really have any expectations when I started Pure. I read mixed reviews. Everyone seemed to either love or hate it. I’ve ended up in the middle, not really sure how I feel about it, except that it didn’t blow me away. The beginning was very slow and hard to get into, and that was very irritating, as I like fast-paced novels. And it didn’t even pick up until halfway through the novel. That’s when I knew this wasn’t the story for me. The story was crafted very well, and everything thought out carefully. It almost felt like everything was too thought out. This made Pure a challenging, difficult read instead of being enjoyable. The story was pretty good, but not the most original and not my favourite.

“Beauty, you can find it here if you look hard enough.”

For me, the characters didn’t cut it. I have to admit that they were brilliantly developed, but the problem was that I hated every one of them! I found them all irritating and I never felt connected to them throughout the novel. But that’s just me. I just didn’t like them. But they were pretty good characters, with relatable personalities. And they suited the story pretty well. Just not for me.

“Is it wrong to kill something that wants to kill you?”

There’s no denying that Julianna Baggott is a great writer, but she spent far too much time on world building than on plot development, which was utterly boring. I don’t know how I didn’t skim past the first 100 pages. The writing style was very detailed, but also boring. I still think Baggott is a great author, but I just wish she was more adventurous in her writing.

Overall, Pure wasn’t my favourite read, but I just genuinely think it wasn’t for me. I’m sure a lot of other people love this book, but I just can’t deal with boring writing, and a slow-paced beginning. I still thought it was pretty good, technically. Character development, world building (even though there was too much of it), suspense. It was just an average read, and I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series. Maybe the sequel will be better?

3 Stars

2 Responses to Teenage Musings: Pure by Julianna Baggott

  1. Nikki says:

    Personally I just couldn't get past the total abuse of science! I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to get past the first hundred pages, so I DNF'd at about 18%, I think. For a novel where everything was so meticulously crafted I couldn't believe Baggott resorted to a lot of authorial handwaving when it came to the science of everything. I'm glad you got more enjoyment out of it than I did, but I definitely agree that it's a slog.

  2. I know what you mean about average reads. It seems like more and more lately I read books and I can’t say that I love them and I can’t say that I disliked them. I just kind of kept reading them. There wasn’t really anything bad about them but there wasn’t really anything that made me jump up and down.

    I haven’t seem too many reviews on this one yet.

    Thanks for the great review! 🙂

    and I love your blog design. What did you use to create it?

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