Burn

Burn

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by Julianna Baggott
     
 

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The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with Pure, recommended by People for those who loved The Hunger Games

With his father now dead, Partridge has assumed leadership of the Dome, one of the last few refuges from the ravaged wastelands of the outside world. At first, Partridge is intent on exposing his father's lies, taking

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The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with Pure, recommended by People for those who loved The Hunger Games

With his father now dead, Partridge has assumed leadership of the Dome, one of the last few refuges from the ravaged wastelands of the outside world. At first, Partridge is intent on exposing his father's lies, taking down the rigid order of the Dome, and uniting its citizens with the disfigured Wretches on the outside. But from his new position of power, things are far more complex and potentially dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

On the outside, a band of survivors faces a treacherous journey to Dome. Pressia carries with her the key to salvation. If she can get it to the Dome, the Wretches could one day be healed and everyone might be able to put the horrors of the past behind them. Bradwell, the revolutionary, cannot forgive so easily. Despite Pressia's pleas, he is determined to bring down the Dome and hold its citizens accountable for leaving the rest of the world to burn. El Capitan, the former rebel leader, wants to help Pressia save as many lives as possible—but he's struggling to reconcile his newfound compassion with his vicious past.

As former allies become potential enemies, the fate of the world is more uncertain than ever. Will humanity fall to destruction? Or will a new world rise from the ashes?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
Baggott finishes her Pure trilogy (Pure; Fuse) unevenly, with the generally phenomenal worldbuilding subsumed by a largely predictable and straightforward conclusion. “Pures” live in the Dome, which protects them from a harsh postapocalyptic environment in which “Wretches” are often fused with objects. Young Pure Partridge has taken over leadership of the Dome after killing his father, while his sister, Pressia, works with Bradwell, El Capitan, and Helmud to discover a cure for the fusing. There’s some good stuff early, as Partridge deals with a rebellion and the implications of his newfound knowledge that the Pures are unlikely to survive, but the inevitable trip back by Pressia and her friends is too often tension-free, even when they attempt to rescue their old ally Hastings from monstrous Dusts. Interesting philosophical issues are obscured by predictably heroic casualties and leaden action scenes. There’s still enough meat to at least bring the story to a satisfying ending for longtime readers, but the routine wrap-up undercuts Baggott’s previous vision. (Feb.)
Danielle Trussoni
"PURE is a dark adventure that is both startling and addictive at once...Breathtaking and frightening. I couldn't stop reading PURE."
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"PURE is a dark adventure that is both startling and addictive at once...Breathtaking and frightening. I couldn't stop reading PURE."—Danielle Trussoni, bestselling author of ANGELOLOGY, on Pure
Library Journal
01/01/2014
Pures and Wretches continue to battle for the fate of a devastated world in the final volume in Baggott's trilogy (Pure; Fuse). After the death of his father, Partridge has taken over leadership within the dome where those unaffected by the Detonations lead their privileged lives. But his desire to tear down the lies the Pures have been told means facing off against all those who want to use him as a political puppet. Outside the dome, estranged lovers Pressia and Bradwell race to bring a cure to those fused and mutilated Wretches and bring down the dome. But the couple aren't sure they can still trust Partridge to help them. VERDICT This series conclusion is even darker than usual for dystopian sf, with the agonies of misplaced affections and misunderstood love on top of the grim story line, but those invested in Baggott's characters will want to see how the trilogy ends. [See Prepub Alert, 8/12/13.]
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-21
Fantasist Baggott (Fuse, 2013, etc.) wraps up her post-apocalyptic Pure Trilogy with an installment that will leave fans wanting more. Baggott is a worldbuilder; she imagines settings on a grand scale, and it's not pretty. It's a time after the Detonations, when the One Percenters--well, the well-connected, anyway--get to live under the safety of the Dome while the rest get to live in something that resembles Bartertown in that Mad Max film, save that there are melting faces and nuclear sickness to attend to on top of resource shortages. Inside the Dome lives Partridge, who, part of the resistance to the new order, now finds himself in charge. (There's a neat element of Greek tragedy in that development.) Is he going to continue the Purist apartheid? Once the new boss takes his seat, natch, it's tempting to take up where the old boss left off. Meanwhile, quickly growing up outside is Pressia, a tough and resourceful young woman who, at the head of an interestingly motley band of fighters, is now stuck with a vexing question: Can she trust Partridge to live up to his ideals, or does she have to fight him too? Baggott blends the fantastic with plausible science--not just on the nasty effects of radiation, but also on the mechanics of gene splicing (in this case, to create a herd of attack boars, "engineered to be domesticated like cattle but vicious too"). It's a hallmark of good fantasy writing that all the elements of the imagined world are at once believable and not quite like the world in which we live, and Baggott eminently succeeds. She also writes arrestingly, and if her story drags a little as she ties together the many loose ends, it's worth the longueurs to find sentences such as these: "Pressia steps in through what was once the doorway, her boots crunching the broken glass. Its roof is gone, like a gaping maw over her head. The floor shines with dark puddles of rain." It's no place for a picnic, but we'll hope that Baggott moves on to making another world just as engaging as this one.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455502998
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Series:
Pure Trilogy Series, #3
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
267,363
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JULIANNA BAGGOTT is the author of sixteen books-published and forthcoming-including national bestseller Girl Talk and Which Brings Me to You (co-written with Steve Almond); three books of poems, and seven novels for young readers, most notably The Anybodies trilogy, under the pen name N.E. Bode. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday (ed. Billy Collins), The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, and read on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

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