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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julianna Baggott Narrator: Casey Holloway, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, Khristine Hva Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pure Trilogy Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Baggott’s highly anticipated postapocalyptic horror novel…is a fascinating mix of stark, oppressive authoritarianism and grotesque anarchy…Baggott mixes brutality, occasional wry humor, and strong dialogue into an exemplar of the subgenre.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “What lifts Pure from the glut of blood-spattered young adult fiction is not the story Baggott tells but the exquisite precision of her prose…discomfiting and unforgettable.”

    New York Times Sunday Book Review

  • “Baggott here offers the first in a postapocalyptic trilogy being compared to Justin Cronin’s The Passage and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games.”

    Library Journal

  • Selected for the March 2012 Indie Next List
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, February 2012
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection: Adult Books for Young Adults
  • Winner of a 2013 YALSA Alex Award
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Science Fiction
  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/11/2014

    " It took me several chapters to get into the story. I like the overall plot, but feel it could have been written with more action. It has a sense of "wandering" to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ummy | 1/17/2014

    " this book is crazy, boring in the beginning but the ending made up for it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sheryl Gerrard | 1/4/2014

    " For anyone who loved the post-apocalyptic other-world-ness of the Justin Cronin's books and the spunky teenage heroine of The Hunger Games, this book is a must read. The sequel is about to be released, so do yourself a favor and read this one now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maureen | 12/25/2013

    " A very creative and though provoking novel. "

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