I rated this book a "3" because I am on the fence about it. I've read several other YA dystopian series and this seems to be just one of a trend and not the best of the trend by any means. While some of the ideas in Pure were fresh and original, I thought the story really dragged in places and didn't always do justice to the ideas behind the story. I almost stopped listening several times because I just didn't feel compelled to find out what happened to the characters - and that is quite a contrast to other books in this genre where I can't stop listening because I want to know what happens next. It was a bumpy ride for me to get to the end of the book. I found the constant switch between different characters and narrators disruptive at times. Even though I knew it was only the first of a series when I started it, I don't know if I'll get the second book or not. I just didn't care that much about the characters or what happens to them. Yawn.
Summary: This is well worth your credit if only for some truly moving moments and a great cast narration.
Details: I won't go into plot synopsis here but I will say that this story is yet another example of our societies somewhat disturbing fascination with post-apocolyptica. It has some stand out ideas which make it innovative and enough humanity is present to make it better than most examples of the genre. You actually end up caring about the characters and the author does a great job of using that to cause you some significant emotional impact at various points in the story.
Also note that this is the first book in a series.
The standout feature of this title is the narration which, as many have noted, was superb.
This is the first book of a series, so beware. It ends with a new phase yet to start, so you can always go to the next installment (when it comes out), or leave after reading this one. I enjoyed listening to this book, and will most likely listen to the next.
It takes place after the organized destruction of the world as we know it. One group destroys the world, to rebuild it, the way they want it to be. The other group is the survivors, that live outside the protected dome, just trying to survive, until they find hope of attaining a new world, as the story unfolds. All and all, this will lead up to a battle, somewhere in the future, for one group to survive.
The most interesting part of this book, is looking into the thoughts of all the participants, and the relationships that form. Several narrators, bring this story to life, and do a very good job.
I like the premise a lot but nobody is happy in this book--nobody. And nobody has a true crazy passion. A lot have curiosity or numbed resistance but even when people succeed in this novel, no joy is felt--and it all translates to the reader so I just did not enjoy this much. I know that sounds silly but it makes it very hard to care about the characters and their actions when even they do not seem to care too much and the book falls apart from there.
The characters could have been developed a lot better and in some cases seem like they were picked out of a stereotype vault.
The writing is OK and has moments of beauty but needs a lot of work. Pace is too slow at times it needs to be fast and then too fast when it needsto be slow and misses opportunities to develop plot and characters more.
With the whole post-nuclear thing, the author did do a great job of painting the world and its people but forgot to paint in any potential joy or hope so eventually you just want to get the hell out of there and leave those depressed mutants behind.
This book was very interesting, it was a little hard at first to get into it. Hard to imagine the world they live in, but the story became very interesting the further I listened. It was captivating and a great listen!
Author's descriptions are vivid and make it easy to imagine living in her world. It will be a long wait until book 2. I loved it.
I really liked the story and concept for this book, but something about it just kept me from getting really into it. I wasn't really on the edge of my seat or dying to read the next book. Maybe it was the narration, especially Pressia's narrator, but it seemed kind of blah and tired a lot of the time, even when big events were happening. Maybe one day I will try the second book but for now, it's not really piquing my interest.
I wasn't sure about this book at the start, but I ended up quite liking it. Set in a dystopian future, the author had quite an interesting plot and lots of neat twists. I enjoyed the complexity of the world that the author created, and how various aspects are slowly described throughout the whole book, rather than just loading down the first few chapters with tons of back story. Unlike lots of young adult novels, this book wasn't just a romance with some plot thrown lightly over it. My biggest issue with the book is how it's written in the present tense, which I just find distracting and odd. Every time I started listening it would take a few minutes before I stopped being distracted by it.
There were some points in the book where the characters made decisions that didn't really make sense to me other than to further the plot. Presia in particular often does/thinks things more useful to the plot than sensible. For example, she spends a lot of time worrying when OSR might be coming for her what will happen to the pet mechanical bug and doesn't seem overly concerned that if/when they get her, they'll make her kill other kids, or be killed herself. That was my biggest criticism.
As for narration, this was my first audio-book with multiple narrators. All the narrators did a good job, I thought. I'll probably get the sequel.
Someone who is tough as nails and never vomits.
It was gross! The mutations of humans made me sick.
I will listen to over and again!
The characters are original and memorizing.
El capitan realizes his brother has real bravery.
I laughed and cried. I balled when they lost the swan.