I follow quite a few YA bloggers on twitter, and over the last few weeks I noticed one book seemed to be mentioned a lot: Pure by Julianna Baggot. In a fit of procrastination, I decided to download it, just to see what all the fuss was about.
My topic in Extension One English is After The Bomb. This basically means for the past year we’ve been reading/watching/analysing nothing but texts composed in the cold war period, a majority of which are about nuclear apocalypse scenarios. So when I started reading Pure and realised that it too fitted into this category (except instead of being set in the past, it was set in the future), I knew exactly what I was getting into.
The basic premise of Pure is this: Some time in the not-so-distant future a chain of nuclear bombs destroy most of the earth. Those who survived are called “wretches”, having merged with whatever they were holding or near at the time of the explosion (the main character, Pressia, has a doll for a hand, others have merged with animals or the ground – it’s all a bit gruesome). But not everyone who survived is a Wretch. There are those who were in “the dome” at the time of the explosion and were left unharmed, known to those on the outside as “Pures”. Partridge is a Pure, but he begins to believe that not everything he’s been told about the explosions is the truth, and maybe his politician father knows more than he is letting on. And so, he decides to leave the safety of the Dome and try to discover what everyone’s been hiding.
I consider myself a bit of an expert on these kind of books (the After The Bomb course will do that to you), and as far as the whole post-nuclear apocalypse genre goes, Pure is quite enjoyable. I felt like some sub-plots were too rushed, and the ending has very obviously been set up for a sequel, but it was a quick and enjoyable read. Some parts are definitely not for the faint-hearted, but overall a good example of the YA Dystopian Novel.
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