review by Maryom
"Pressia Belze has lived outside of the Dome ever since the detonations.
Struggling for survival she dreams of life inside the safety of the Dome
with the 'Pure'. Partridge, himself a Pure, knows that life inside the
Dome, under the strict control of the leaders' regime, isn't as perfect
as others think. Bound by a history that neither can clearly remember,
Pressia and Partridge are destined to forge a new world."
The Detonations changed the world for ever and divided it into two groups - the fortunate Pures who were lucky enough to have secured themselves a place in the protected environment of the Dome - and the Wretches who were caught outside and altered by the blasts - and with this premise, Julianna Baggott creates one of the most amazing post-apocalyptic worlds I've encountered, either in book or film. The background of two differing groups of nuclear-war survivors sets the stage for a totally compelling plot. It's told in the third person but from the point of view of teenagers who are unaware of many of the duplicities of the world they live in - so the reader is introduced first to their comparatively innocent view of the world and discovers the even darker background to events as they do.
From the age of the main characters Pure comes under the YA label, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to sci-fi/dystopian fans of all ages. the only draw-back comes from being first of a trilogy. Many questions are answered by the end of the book but not all and obviously events are not brought to a conclusion. Fortunately, the second part of the trilogy comes out next month (February 2013) so there's not too long to wait.
Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Headline Publishing
Genre - YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian
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