Unbelievably, a while ago Audio was selling this book on a discount list. I bought it just to keep in my library if I ever found myself short on lis..Show More »tening material. Now that the sequel has come out, “Fuse,” I decided to give the first book a listen, and maybe it was the discounted price but I was pleasantly surprised. Billed as a YA book, to me, it has more of a sci-fi adventure feel, even though it did have some but not the usual overwhelming amount of teenage romance that is usually associated with such genre, as detonated super-bombs containing nanobot technology changes the face of the world. The post-apocalyptic result is a dystopian society separated into two groups: those affected by the bombs, and those who were protected by a dome. I thought the descriptive graphic writing from Julianna Baggott was exceptional, if not a little dark, as she describes in great detail the twisted and deformed bodies of the survivors living outside of the dome. The title “Pure,” refers to the lucky ones living inside of the dome that remain physically pure. The story follows Pressia, a young teenage girl, as she struggles to survive in this twisted new world, and a young man, Partridge, who is in search of some answers and wants to know how life is beyond the constricted confines of the dome. I thought the ensemble of readers gave the narrative depth, but the audio performance might have been as good with one talented narrator. I’m using a credit for the sequel.
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 ..Show More »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).