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Fuse | [Julianna Baggott]

Fuse

To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the Earth, and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge's father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back. At Partridge's side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in ways she never could have imagined.
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Publisher's Summary

We want our son returned.

This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time.

To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the Earth, and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge's father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back.

At Partridge's side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in ways she never could have imagined. Long ago a plan was hatched that could mean the Earth's ultimate doom. Now only Partridge and Pressia can set things right.

To save millions of innocent lives, Partridge must risk his own by returning to the Dome and facing his most terrifying challenge. And Pressia, armed only with a mysterious Black Box containing a set of cryptic clues, must travel to the very ends of the Earth, to a place where no map can guide her. If they succeed, the world will be saved. But should they fail, humankind will pay a terrible price....

Book 2 of the Pure Trilogy.

©2013 Julianna Baggott (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Karen Huntington, AR, United States 02-28-13
    Karen Huntington, AR, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "ichi - ni - san - shi - go"

    Pressia, Bradwell, Lyda, Partridge,and El Capitan, are all once again on a mission to bring down the Dome. If you have read the first book, then you will definitely enjoy this one! This is full of adventure, romance,sadness and has excellent narration! This will keep you on the edge until the very end – however it will keep you hanging. If you don’t like to wait for the ending, then I recommend waiting until the next and final book comes out before you start this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marsallai Oroville, WA, United States 06-11-13
    Marsallai Oroville, WA, United States 06-11-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fuse the most enjoyable?

    ......I love this series...I think it is so much more original and interesting then most dystopian society books, lately. I am just fascinated and horrified, by the way the nuclear blasts changed the world and the people. Well, at least the unprotected ...


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    absolutely!The way the author can find beauty in the ghastly...is worth the listen....It will not disappoint!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The main characters are intricate and the way the author "writes them" to us, you truly care about them....its very cool.But there is something about "El Capitan" and his brother...I dont want to give anything away....you just need to listen....these books are like nothing else you've listened to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the books from start to finish. But I enjoyed the way the people were described, finding how their deformities can be lovely. And their will to survive, under such dire conditions....It also has a lot of symbolism, I think.... The way the individual fusions are "carried", some literally, by each character...have meaning to each of them....


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy post-apocalyptic, dystopian and a bit of gruesome...your set!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coftse 03-07-13
    Coftse 03-07-13 Member Since 2011

    I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)

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    "Can not wait for book 3"

    Loved the story, and very excited for the final installment! Good visualization for the wretches and cant wait to see how it all ties together,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noell SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-28-13
    Noell SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, mysteries, and poetry- just a few of my favorite genres.

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    "Fused to my iPod..."
    Would you listen to Fuse again? Why?

    Heck, yes. I love Julianna Baggott's Pure trilogy and the characters are complex and well written. However I do not care much for Willux's friends, the Mothers, or even Partridge's girlfriend Lyda (mostly because I find her to be a bit selfish and weak). I guess that one of the things I admire about Baggott- she really knows how to create people that you love to hate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuse?

    There were three or four moments that really stood out to me for being very horrific, romantic, and/or realistic in their details.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many stories read by Kristine Hvam and I love the stories and the way she gives the character's their own voice. With this story, however, the many POVs is more interesting and gives the characters their own personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope The Mothers die, especially the Head Mother and that El Capitan finds love. Cannot wait until the final book comes out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Part Two: Returning to the dome"
    What made the experience of listening to Fuse the most enjoyable?

    The different characters and how they fit into the story.


    What other book might you compare Fuse to and why?

    None that I can think of.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The four narrators do an excellent job giving individuality to each character in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an interesting read. I enjoyed this book after taking a break from reading Pure. Someone said this was just a connection piece of work that tied books 1 and 3 together. I think Book 2 can stand on its own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Sacramento, CA, United States 07-27-13
    Casey Sacramento, CA, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2010

    Avid reader, goodreads-er, & instagrammer who always has an audiobook in the background (or foreground) of her life.

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    Any additional comments?

    I ADORE this series and I highly recommend it.

    3 of the narrators were excellent - 1 was not. Her voice was very stiff and didn't flow together.

    I might have been happier reading this in print, but I definitely recommend the audio over not reading it at all.

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    Think about this 04-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Leaves you hanging"

    I really liked the first book "Pure". This one however, just didn't seem to spark my interest like the first, and leaves you hanging, with multiple open story lines. It's a rather lengthy book, that in my opinion doesn't progress the series very far, and might be best to wait on the final book, to listen to the whole thing at once.
    The narration can be tedious at times with the way each narrator has a main voice, but also does the rest of the characters. This can get confusing at times. Would have been much better, if each narrator would have just been the voice of one or two characters, and have synchronized their reading.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Medford, OR, United States 03-15-13
    Melissa Medford, OR, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Fantastic Story"

    I really enjoyed the story, and adore the characters and the writing. It is quite a fascinating plot.

    My one complaint is Casey Holloway, as a narrator in this one, she was far too robotic, the way she read was choppy and lacking inflection. I had a hard time paying attention to the parts she read because I was so bothered by her(though it wasn't like that in Pure).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Fiks 05-19-13
    Mr. Fiks 05-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Gamer, father of gamers, married to a gal that puts up with us. I work a solo job and use Audible to make my day go easier.

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    "A mess"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is one of the most confusing and messy books I've tried in the audible format. I could not finish it because if felt like such a mish-mash of scifi/romance/dystopian end that it just turned me off. This book had potential, but did it's best not to reveal a thing besides a pair of romances denied that it was just not interesting and I had to stop listening and trade it in.


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 02-21-13
    Lisa 02-21-13

    I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!

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    "Interesting post apocalyptic series"
    What made the experience of listening to Fuse the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed having different narrators for the main characters view points


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuse?

    When Pressia "cures" Bradwell in the final chapters of the book. I cannot wait for the next book to find out the effects of the cure.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I would identify with Pressia the most, although El Capitans character grows well in this book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The fusion of beings is quite gruesome, especially " the Mothers"


    Any additional comments?

    The only part of the book I did not like was the singing, I suppose it would be fine written but singing in an audio book makes me cringe. Thankfully it tapers off as the book continues.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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