When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.
Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.
Pure was one of my BEA scores from 2011, super insanely advance (got it in May, it didn't release until Feb), highly hyped, and pitched just so to have me salivating from the moment it hit my hands. Far from disappointing that insane level of expectation, it managed to exceed all my hopes, so you can imagine the look on my face when I pulled book two out of my bag o'books at the Ontario Book Blogging meet up. No? Well let me help you out with that, it looked something like this:
I'd be lying if I didn't admit the start of Fuse worried me a bit. Things had shifted just enough from the end of Pure to leave me unsure of my footing, and it took me easily 20 or 40 pages to feel in tune with the characters again. But once I did Fuse took off just as boldly and with the same level of intensity as Pure.
I was particularly impressed that Baggott's world, no longer new to me, continued to be riveting in all it's strange nuances. The many varied mutations, fusings and other effects from the detonations are endlessly fascinating on many different levels. I commented to the hubby at one point that her research on Hiroshima and the atomic bomb makes me want to chat with her about how much is from research and actual possibility and how much is creative liberty. As much as I love historical non-fiction, I have to say Hiroshima is a subject I'm wary of reading about. It's a horror I'm not sure I ever want to put too much detail to.
The other aspect of the mutations I find endlessly riveting is how carefully she dissects what it has done to the characters, their lives and their personalities. How El Capitan and Helmud resent each other, love each other, depend on the other, and intermittently want the other one dead, the moments of clarity when you realize what Helmud is really capable of, it's one of the most interesting dichotomies of any relationship I've ever read about. There's a shocking moment at the end of Fuse which makes it look like this element will be even more central in the final part of the series, Burn.
The story took several incredibly unexpected twists, ones I never would have considered Baggott introducing. They were equally page turning and Ohh, and Ahh inspiring. I wanted nothing more than to tell the hubby all about it, but this is a series he's going to love, so I bit my tongue and wished for someone else to finish the damn book already so I could run at the mouth.
A fantastic middle book, compelling, equally as thought provoking and page turning as the first, and with several cliff hangers that promise Burn will be nothing short of epic. At two books in, the Pure trilogy is shaping up to be one of the strongest dystopians I've ever read. Seriously, if you haven't read Pure yet, then get on board, because I promise you, you'll want Fuse the minute it releases.
Fuse, book 2 of the Pure trilogy, by Julianna Baggott
Published by Grand Central Publishing, February 19th, 2013
My copy acquired at the Ontario Book Blogger meet up