Pure by Julianna Baggott.
Book Summary: 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.
Liana's Summary: Pressia is on the run from the OSR. They're going to take her. Patridge can never confide in his father. He never listens to him. Lyda is trying to get Patridge to want her. But it seems that he doesn't love her. When Pressia meets Patridge, everything is exploded into chaos.
This book. I sort of liked it and I sort of didn't. But as you can see, liked it more than disliked it. (; Four stars!
I've been wanting to read this book for quite a while, first of all, because the cover is GORGEOUS (Simple covers tend to be gorgeous) and the title is so creative and the summary is so DYSTOPIAN I immediately fell in love with it. But inside I knew not to expect too much because I actually judged this book by its cover and I didn't know what to expect at all.
In the end, I was pretty satisfied!
There are like, a lot of POVs. 3-4. All in third person. But it kind of helps that it's in third person because if it was in 1st person I would be so lost at the alternating character voices.
I picked this book as one of the books I was going to read this week because I just had this dystopia streak- yeah, visiting my favorite genre and staying for quite a while. I can never get tired of it like I get tired of contemporary romance because each dystopian world is different. I just read ONE contemporary and I couldn't stay away from the dystopia. So I read this.
Anyways, as the cover says. People who are not part-cyborg are 'Pure'. Well, not necessarily cyborg, anyways. They're just humans that lost body parts and need replacements for arms legs and such. For example, the main character, Pressia, has a doll-head hand. It's kind of creeps. But then again she can't help it. It all reminds me of Marissa Meyer's Cinder since Cinder has a fake foot. (Ridiculously cool, right?)
Anyways, most books just show the 'propaganda' of one side, completely alienating the other side. But this book is from both Pure and un-pure point of view. So basically they're nothing shocking when an un-pure meets a Pure or a Pure meets an un-pure. Like, "OMG! IT'S A PURE! ALIEN!" But then the un-pures were really acting like that, LOL. The point is, the reader wasn't, because they've already been introduced.
The cover. The gorgeous, gorgeous cover. Mhm. That cover. It's a butterfly toy. (I hate butterflies. They're so freaking creepy.) I think it's a sort of snowglobe thing that when you twist the handle the butterfly flaps its wings. Great cover. It's gorgeous, but I still hate butterflies. How ironic.
I took longer than I thought I would (2 days for 400 pages. Seriously?) and halfway through I got really tired and the plot just didn't suck me in that much. But the latter half- oh, that's a totally different story. I LOVED THE LATTER HALF. THE LATTER HALF SAVED THIS BOOK'S RATING. It's where all the action, suspense, and traces of romance APPEAR. Wow.
The beginning is just not cute. But then 1/3 through it STARTED to suck me in because Pressia and Patridge met. And then it lost me again.. and then I got sucked in after.
One of the characters that had a point of view, Lyda, was this girl that was trying to suck up to Patridge. Honestly, I could have cared less about her chapters. I still don't like her. But I guess other people are obliged to like her because of what she did. But I still don't like her.
Patridge is such an interesting name. It's a nickname for Ripkard and they don't even sound alike. Wow. AND HE'S NOT EVEN HOT. But then I love his character. He's all very tolerant and determined and everything and still tolerant after people treat him like that just because he's Pure and they cut off his finger and even after that-- yeah. Basically my point is expressed.
The romance is just wow. No. I don't like it. It's really really really really really really really really really slow and I expected Patridge and Pressia to get together but.... no.
Anyways, that's all I really have to say. The amount of dystopia in this book is flipping amazing.
The ending is pretty cool. Liked it.
"...on the left side, over his heart.."
Hearts are in the middle of your chest, for goodness sake.
"She likes his face, a survivor's face, a sharp jaw.."
"What are you doing that for?"
(I love Dean omg)
"People call me Patridge."
"The dirt," he says, his voice strangely peaceful.
"What about it?" she asks.
(I love Niall too)
"The sound--almost a pop--"
"For some reason, she likes it."
Being called a bastard? Uh huh.
"Maybe they just didn't have anywhere they needed to go."
Gosh I love this quote so much.
"Did he have a thing for you?"
Ermagerd, LOL. Nope. She wishes.
" She almost starts to cry..."
What a braaaaaat.
"Go collect my fine wife."
One does not simply say that.
"He kisses her on the lips,..."
"I'm El Capitan."
"I'd like to kill one Pure before I die."
"Impossible. He was always old. He was born old."
Just like Dumbledore.
Anyways, that's it! What did you think of this review?(;