Pure by Julianna Baggot Review

This book drew me in with its eccentric take on the post-apocalyptic plot, strong characters and incredible world building setting.

Pure by Julianna Baggot

Julianna Baggott

Publication Date:
February 8, 2012

Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group

Hardcover, 448 pages

Price: CND $28.99




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.



We start off with Pressia being introduced as a girl who is about to turn 17 who lives in the remains of a barber shop. Her only living family member is her grandfather and together they keep themselves alive by trading possessions for food. She’s not your average survivor though. Her fist is fused with a Doll’s head that fused into her body when the bomb was set off years ago.

This book drew me in with its eccentric take on the post-apocalyptic plot, strong characters and incredible world building setting. Where else would you find every day objects fused into body parts where the people themselves are still breathing? Most authors wrote with a clear purpose: for the character to survive, and to unravel the very hand that controls them. In this case it’s the people in the dome. The Pures. One Pure in fact. Can I say I felt disgusted with the way the story was unfolding on why the Pures are in the dome while the others are outside? How can you justify the reasoning behind what they had done? Agh. The brutality was quite horrifying to me, but it did make for such a dramatic debut novel.

Now I definitely liked Pressia’s strong personality. The fact that she’s half Japanese made me picture her perfectly kicking butt at any monster that she came across. She was definitely not a pushover and was very stubborn and independent much to the annoyance of Patridge.

I quote enjoyed this book even though it had it’s “WTF!” moments, I can’t wait to gobble the next one.


“Ever since I met you, it am seems like I’ve got more to hope for.”—Bradwell (317)

Define These Words

Pendantic adjective

  1. ostentatious in one’s learning.
  2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.


Rating 4/5


“This was like something from the nature channel: wolves trying to mark their territory.”—Skye (68)

“They were so different. Light and dark. Peace and chaos. If I had a choice, I didn’t know which I would choose.”—Skye (275)