Review: ‘Pure’ by Julianna Baggott

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Pure’ by Julianna BaggottPure by Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure #1
Published by Grand Central Publishing on February 8th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
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.

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I don’t think I can look at dolls the same way again!

We start off with Pressia being introduced as a girl who is about to turn 17 who lives in the remains of a barber shop. Her only living family member is her grandfather and together they keep themselves alive by trading possessions for food. She’s not your average survivor though. Her fist is fused with a Doll’s head that fused into her body when the bomb was set off 9 years ago.

This book drew me in with its eccentric take on the post-apocalyptic plot, strong characters and incredible world building setting. Where else would you find every day objects fused into body parts where the people themselves are still breathing? Most authors wrote with a clear purpose: for the character to survive, and to unravel the very hand that controls them. In this case it’s the people in the dome. The Pures. One Pure in fact.

Now I definitely liked Pressia’s strong personality. The fact that she’s half Japanese made me picture her perfectly kicking butt at any monster that she came across. She was definitely not a pushover and was very stubborn and independent much to the annoyance of Patridge.

I quote enjoyed this book even though it had it’s “WTF!” moments, I can’t wait to gobble the next one.



“Ever since I met you, it am seems like I’ve got more to hope for.”—Bradwell (317)





  1. Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature)

    June 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    This was a definitely interesting book. I’m eager to read on to the 2nd book and find out what happens next. And I agree with you about the WTF moments too!
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    • Giselle

      June 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Heheh I love WTF moments..Glad to know I’m not alone. I need the third one too.

  2. Jess, Books and Sensibility

    June 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Yes, yes ! This book has so many WTF moments. It was just so haunting. Are you planning on reading the others.

  3. Alyssa Susanna

    June 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I actually really disliked this book. I just could NOT finish it. I got a few chapters in and called it a day. That was quite some time ago! Perhaps I’ll pick it up again when the series ends.

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  4. Grace Lo

    October 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I’ve only gotten halfway through the book, but I feel like I need to finish it. The image the story paints for the world is desolate, barren, and just enchanting. While I haven’t gotten to the WTF moments yet, I’m hoping that they wouldn’t be as WTF as one’d imagine.

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