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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: Khristine Hvam, Joshua Swanson, Kevin T. Collins, Casey Holloway Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pure Trilogy Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781611135695
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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 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 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 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 Maureen | 12/25/2013

    " A very creative and though provoking novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Taylor | 12/20/2013

    " Not bad. I think the story got lost in gruesome imagery every now and then. But I will read the next novel to see what happens to a few characters I became invested in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 12/16/2013

    " It was a interesting book and sometimes confusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joella | 12/8/2013

    " Couldn't get into it enough to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 alexandra | 12/2/2013

    " Super interesting book. Many of the usual dytopian devices, but lots of unusual twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 11/22/2013

    " Great start to a new series. This is a very strange read, but interesting and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cfinn | 7/25/2013

    " I was sucked in immediately with this book. I can't wait until the second one comes out! There were a couple parts where it was hard to keep my attention, but I still loved the book and waiting anxiously for February! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/15/2013

    " Not as bloody as the Hunger Games, but just as disturbing in other ways. Overall, I liked the book, but it's not one I will read again. There were parts that were boring and just too strange. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/29/2013

    " The cover is really misleading for this dark and super creepy dystopian. The books was fast paced with a lot of action and great plot twists. I'm starting right in on the second one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 3/25/2013

    " This was darker, deeper, more complex than a lot of YA I've read lately. Interesting and complicated characters plus real danger brings a fresh take to the dystopian genre that has been overdone as of late. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenne | 12/23/2012

    " Amazing! I Loved the story line, and great concept. And I am in to dark book, and this was one :) I have to admit some parts where really disturbing..... I am so excited for the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 8/7/2012

    " With this book you really have to persist with it. It didn't start getting good until further in the book but it definitely something different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 7/21/2012

    " A fascinating book with so much detail and well drawn characters than than the some of the other dystopian novels of today: The Hunger Games or The City of Ember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 6/4/2012

    " This was a good book. I will read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Catalano | 5/8/2012

    " It started out slow, I had to force myself to read it. But! Once Partridge escaped it got amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne | 4/30/2012

    " Absolutely fantastic... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Chappell | 3/1/2012

    " Hard to get into, but once I got about halfway through it really picked up. Will read the next one. :) "

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About the Author
Author Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott is a poet and the author of several novels for adult readers, including Girl Talk, The Madam, and The Miss America Family, as well as Which Brings Me to You, cowritten with Steve Almond. As the pseudonymous N. E. Bode, she has written The Slippery Map, The Anybodies, The Nobodies, and The Somebodies. She lives with her family in Tallahassee, Florida.

About the Narrators

Khristine Hvam has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie for best narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.

Joshua Swanson is an actor and voiceover talent. He’s worked in major motion pictures and television and as a voice talent has worked in all facets of the business. An award-winning audiobook narrator with over sixty titles to his name, Swanson has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, narrator, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light. Collins is the winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Casey Holloway is an actor and voice-over artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. After earning her BFA in theater performance from Columbus State University, she signed on as a company member and tour actor with the Lexington Children’s Theater. She is now a company member with the Sketchworks comedy troupe and is working in film, television, and voice-over. Her audiobook credits include How to Rock Braces and Glasses and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.