Friday, June 29, 2012

Pure by Julianna Baggott (Audiobook Review)

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by Julianna Baggott
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Series: Pure Series, book 1
Copyright: 2012 Hachette Audio
Duration: 14 hours 9 minutes unabridged
Genres: post apocalypse, science fiction
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
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PUBLISHER’S 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.

©2012 Julianna Baggott (P)2012 Hachette Audio

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Pure is a post-apocalyptic novel with a slightly different twist. What if someone deliberately precipitated a nuclear war simply to rid the planet of some of its less desirable inhabitants, therefore giving the chosen few, the Pure, a fresh start? It’s a disturbing thought, but Julianna Baggott explores that notion in a very thorough and convincing manner.

Partridge is one of those chosen few. His father is an important man in the current regime and so his family’s place inside the protective dome was secure. Partridge, and other kids like him, was brought up to believe that everyone had a chance to enter the dome before the flash, but some people just chose not to out of sheer pride or stubbornness. His schooling has taught him that those inside the dome will someday be the benefactors of mankind and will one day venture out to bring help to the poor wretches outside. He was also brought up to believe that his mother was caught outside the dome when the flash went off and didn’t make it back in time but over the years he has noticed a few inconsistencies in the story and he is now beginning to believe that she may still be alive. And if they lied to him about his mother, what else might he have been misinformed about?

Pressia lives outside the dome. Like everyone else outside the dome, Pressia still bears the marks of the catastrophe. When the flash went off, people’s bodies were fused with whatever objects happened to be nearby: glass and debris in most cases. Some got it worse and were fused with animals or the very dirt and stones of the ground or even other people. Pressia, and everyone else outside the dome, has lived her life with no hope. Even the militia, which is training to someday storm the dome and take over, offers little in that regard. Those inside the dome are considered enemies. There are some big surprises in store for Pressia when Partridge escapes the dome in search of his mother.

Julianna Baggott just did everything right in the first novel of her Pure trilogy. Her landscapes stand out in sharp focus, her characters are interesting and believable, and her plot is nothing less than spellbinding. I love post-apocalyptic fiction, and Pure is one of the best I’ve read. And to think, this is only the first book in a trilogy! The second book, Fuse, will be released in 2013 and I will be waiting anxiously.

Pure is told from the perspectives of four main characters, and each perspective is read by a different narrator. Pressia is read by Khristine Hvam, who is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, and Partridge is read by Joshua Swanson, another favorite in the young adult genre. The other two characters are El Capitan and Lyda, read by Kevin T Collins and Casey Holloway. These two are new to me but they did a good job with their respective characters. Overall, the narration was good and I always enjoy this kind of multicast performance.

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Special thanks to Hachette Audio for this review copy. Audiobook review by Steven Brandt. This audiobook review is based on the unabridged audiobook. Come back soon for more audiobook reviews from Audiobook-Heaven.

1 comment:

Marlene Detierro said...

It was a slow start for me, but I ended up loving this book. It is gritty, graphic, and horrifying throughout, but one of the most beautiful reads that I have had the pleasure of experiencing.

Marlene Detierro (Seward Fishing)