Waiting on Wednesday #1 Pure

Julianna Baggott

Publication Date:
February 2012

Grand Central Publishing

Hardcover, 416 Pages

CDN $28.99


Sixteen-year-old Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about her life during the Before. Like Pressia, most of the survivors have the permanent burns, scars, and objects fused to their bodies. At age 16, 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. Uncertain of her fate, Pressia is on the run.

But there are also those who escaped unmarked. The Pures were safely inside the Dome when the Detonations occurred, and have stayed there ever since. While they are protected and pure, their shelter is a cocoon of intensely rigid social order. Partridge, the son of one of the most influential men in the Dome, longs for his mother, who didn’t make it inside and is presumed dead. When he learns there is a chance she may still be alive, he will risk his life to leave the Dome and find her. And when Pressia and Partridge cross paths, they quickly realize they need each other to accomplish their missions…and to survive.


“A dark adventure that is both startling and addictive….I
couldn’t stop reading PURE.”—Danielle Trussoni, bestselling author of Angelology

“The most extraordinary coming-of-age novel I’ve ever read….An important book, for adults young and old, by one of our finest writers.”—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain


Anything dystopian themed will definitely be gobbled up by me in one sitting. I can’t wait until this one comes out!


  1. Jay @Vailia's Page Turner

    June 30, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    I know you posted this a long time ago, but seeing it reminded me that I have it and still need to read it. Thanks!

  2. Sarah (saz101)

    December 12, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Oh, I really hope you like this one! I’ve decided I’m not the biggest dystopian fan, but I think this one’s gonna be popular…

    And, uh, your blog is GORGEOUS. How did I not notice this before? Ooooh, I’m a web designer, too! I but I feel like a pretty crap one after drooling over your blog XD

  3. Rebecca

    December 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I’ve heard some good things about Pure! I think it’s still on NetGalley:) Great pick. Thanks for stopping by my WOW!

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