Reading Level: Young Adult
Size: 480 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: February 19, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the PUre trilogy
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the second book in the Pure Trilogy by Baggott. The third and final book, Burn, doesn’t have a release date yet that I could find. I enjoyed this installment in the series. Baggott has created a highly imaginative and bleak world, with heartfelt characters.
In the last book Partridge escaped the Dome in search of his mother, his girlfriend Lyda also ended up outside the Dome with him. Now Partridge’s father has unleashed a horrible type of explosive spider that is holding Wretches hostage unless Partridge returns to the Dome. Separately Pressia and Bradwell are trying to unlock the secret of the Cure so that they can save both the Wretches and the new young children that are showing up Purified on the streets.
As with the first book this book alternates between the viewpoints of Pressia, Partridge, Lyda, and El Captino/Helmud. In the last book I had a bit of trouble engaging with the characters. In this book we grow to know and understand these characters so much better.
Pressia surprisingly becomes a mental force to be reckoned with. Her and Bradwell work desperately to find the cure and it is Pressia’s quick mind that saves them time and time again. Pressia is slowly growing as a character and learning that sometimes it is okay to care about others.
Lyda also grows a ton in this book. She has been living with the Mothers, and they have started to teach her how to fight and survive on her own. In this book she becomes something of a warrior and really matures a lot.
Patridge is forced to face a lot of awful truths and make a lot of heartbreaking decisions in this book as well. El Captino/Helmud also become much more significant characters and have changed quite a bit.
The elements of having humans fused both to inanimate and other living things is less startling in this book than the last. I still do have some trouble picturing some of the characters. For example I never have a clear picture in my mind of how Bradwell looks with those birds in his back. So that is still a bit of a problem for me.
The world though it incredibly interesting and creative and well done. The majority of the plot is driven by two things; what will Partridge do if he returns to the Dome and will Pressia find the Cure before time runs out.
This book is a long read but a very interesting one. It’s not a fast read by any means, you need to take your time reading it to follow everything that is going on. The POV switches slow the story down some, but are very well done and overall I think they add a lot to the story.
Overall a very good continuation of this series. We really get to know and understand these characters and what drives them a lot better in this book. Things are fast-paced and engaging throughout. I love this crazy and bleak world and can’t wait to see how everything wraps up in the final book. This series is recommended to those you love YA dytopian novels that are a bit crazy 🙂