Review: ‘Fuse’ by Julianna Baggott

Review: ‘Fuse’ by Julianna BaggottFuse by Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure #2
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 19th, 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Pages: 480
Format: ARC
Source: event
We want our son returned. This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time.

To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the earth and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge’s father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back.

At Partridge’s side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in way she never could have imagined. Long ago a plan was hatched that could mean the earth’s ultimate doom. Now only Partridge and Pressia can set things right.

To save millions of innocent lives, Partridge must risk his own by returning to the Dome and facing his most terrifying challenge. And Pressia, armed only with a mysterious Black Box, containing a set of cryptic clues, must travel to the very ends of the earth, to a place where no map can guide her. If they succeed, the world will be saved. But should they fail, humankind will pay a terrible price...

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Imagine a world world people have objects embedded in their bodies. Eyes stuck in the ground, carnivorous vines eating you alive, ick! The setting is so very disturbing. And I couldn’t help but love it. The writing is so vividly descriptive that you literally inhale the pages. I know I did when I read this. This series just gets better and better. There’s a couple of twists and turns in this one and I really just like where Julianna is taking the story. I just want to know more about why it happened.

There’s four point of views, so if you’re not into that then you may have trouble reading it. Although after a while, I got used to the viewpoints and looked forward to reading their stories. All the characters we know and love are back, only this time they might have answers. Even though there’s a fair amount of characters, I still enjoy reading Pressia and El Capitan’s points of view. They held my interest the most. There’s a little romance building and budding between some characters and not to mention some unrequited love happening so even though Fuse is set in a post-apocalyptic world, you can’t forget about the dramatic relationships between the main characters.

Fuse is wonderful addition to the Pure trilogy, and I can’t wait until the final book. Purely addicting and enthralling, I think it has something for everyone. It’s even worth reading just to read about the vivid descriptions!


How many times do I have to tell you that we have to fully understand the past or we’re doomed to repeat it? (36)
You go around seeing beauty in all this wreckage, but when will you see it in yourself? (132)
Why does he have to grab her hand like that? She can stand on her own two feet. She doesn’t need him. (269)
The ground shivers in small, coin-sized spots, each quivering independently of the others until, one by one, eyes erupt from the ground. Hundreds of them. Maybe thousands. It’s as if something planted here has suddenly bloomed, but instead of flowers, there are eyes, each one beating back the dirt with jerking blinks. (271)
They needed to believe that something beautiful might come from all the terror. I understand the impulse to want to believe in something beautiful again—and hold it in your hands like that. (302)
Now I feel like we weren’t made for each other. We’re making each other—into the people we should become. (303)
What if God and the truth are the same thing? What if the truth is at the center of everything? If you believe in that, you believe that the truth will win out, in the end. (345)
I no longer rely on right or wrong. I know doing and not doing. Sometimes you must do. (416)

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  1. Joana

    July 29, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Hi! 🙂
    I read the first one last year, I didn’t love it because I felt the story just started getting exciting on the last chapters. This got me confused about reading the second one or not, because I loved the final of the first, but the first (and middle) chapters were like an introduction to me. What do you think, should I read the second one?
    Btw, I really liked your review, I’m just a little bit scared that on the second it will be the same thing


  2. Haniya

    May 23, 2015 at 3:41 AM

    Oh!! Again an amazing review!! I have been a great fan of your site and you simply rock!! <3
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    • giselle

      May 26, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      Aww thank you Haniya! That’s very kind of you to say

  3. Sophia Rose

    May 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    I remember when this came out and I thought it sounded so creative. I forgot about it. It still sounds good. Nice review, Giselle!

    • giselle

      May 26, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      I really enjoy this series! Need the last book 🙂

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