Hardcover: 431 Pages
Series: Pure #1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Following the detonations, the world irrevocably changed and two kinds of people were left: the pure ones and wretches.
The pure are the ones who got to the Dome before the radiation and explosions happened and they’re normal people.
Wretches are the ones who got hit by the blast and didn’t die. Instead they transformed; forever altered, fused to whatever objects and/or life forms where close to them at the moment of the detonation.
As such, some have fused with the earth and the blasted buildings, some have glass forever embedded into their skin.
Our heroine, Pressia, has the head of a doll instead of a hand. Also, all children born after the Detonations are mutated as well.
Think…Total Recall mutants.
The world is one incredibly sad and dark and bleak.
Now, I’m sure, this story sounded awesome as an idea. However, once on paper, not so much.
Even though the writing is good and very descriptive, with a helluva lot of visuals for the mutations and this post-apocalyptic world, that’s about as much as I liked in Pure.
The characters seemed flat to me and I couldn’t relate to either one. Pressia came across as way too jaded and judgemental, even for someone in her position, and I didn’t enjoy that.
Bradwell, the conspiracy freak, didn’t sound like a teenager or even young adult.
The plot moved far too slow for the potentially great story this could’ve been and it picked up far too late into the book.
Actually, let me back up here for a second. The plot..was literally unbelievable for me.
Partridge wants to find his mother and with the help of the others, uncovers huge secrets along the way.
What jump-starts this voyage though and what keeps it going in a fairly logical way are unbelievable and far-fetched coincidences.
That didn’t sit well with me either.
Long conversations about war and a lot of technical terms also make it hard to keep reading.
I’m surprised this book is labeled as Young Adult lit, since the only YA element is the characters ages. I think it’s far, far too heavy for a 14-year-old for example.
Hit and miss. I guess this just wasn’t for me. Shame, I really wanted to like it after reading the blurbs.