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Fuse (The Pure Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Julianna Baggott
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 . . .


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"Beyond inventive"—Xpresso Reads

" 'Fuse' is the second book in the 'Pure' trilogy and if possible, it's a better book than the first.... Fascinating in detail, imaginative and absorbing. This is a scifi book that grips the heart at the same time it draws the mind in on a symbolic journey through a world nearly descimated by a privileged class. That torn and fused world is on its way to being recaptured by the hope and fortitude of a band of young people with the vision to set things right."—The Bookish Dame Reviews

About the Author

JULIANNA BAGGOTT is the author of sixteen books--published and forthcoming--including national bestseller Girl Talk and Which Brings Me to You (co-written with Steve Almond); three books of poems, and seven novels for young readers, most notably The Anybodies trilogy, under the pen name N.E. Bode. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday (ed. Billy Collins), The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, and read on NPR's Talk of the Nation.

Product Details

  • File Size: 638 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZFYAYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
My high school daughter and I both read and loved the first book, PURE. I say that in spite of the fact that in general dystopian fiction is leaving me cold. I've loved it for the last 5 years or so, but when I've picked up other recent releases, they seem unoriginal.

However, the world that Juliana Baggott created in PURE was definitely original. Her characters and her world stunned me.

In addition to the dystopian fad, there are an abundance of trilogies, especially in YA literature. And in the trilogy, the 2nd book is often the weakest, serving to barely move the plot forward, or leaving the reader in dire straights with an excruciating cliffhanger.

I can honestly say that FUSE is as richly detailed and plotted as the first was. Characters are advanced, more information and understanding is given about their motives and situations, and new plots are revealed.

The ending left me wanting for more, looking forward to the concluding installment, but not in an annoying-cliffhanger sort of way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It IS better than the first February 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I will admit, the first book took me nearly to the end before I got into it. It seemed to veer off on unnecessary tangents and it probably could have been a touch shorter. This book however, is the rare case where the follow up is better than the first. This book really got going, we learned more about the bigger picture, and I grew to LOVE the characters. Lyda was one character that I was really not impressed with in book 1 (so vanilla and her character felt flat) but she's impressed me and become a favorite of mine now. Additionally, it's rare for me to find a character (El Capitan) to be on the "bad" side and then end up on the "good" side! And for an author to pull that off?! Amazing.

If you read the first book and are unsure about reading the second (I know I was because I borrowed the first book, but paid for the second) you will not regret it. This second book really expanded on the story, the characters, the Dome, and even the science part that we got a hint of in the first book.

The ending may also be the best ending I've read in a long time. Endings are hard and most authors are just OK at it. This book NAILED it.

My complaints are small enough not to even knock off stars, so you know they are superficial! I wished she would have expanded more on Illia. She could have added so much to my understanding of the world. Plus, I had so many questions about where she lived and what that village was all about.

Now comes the part where I have to WAIT for the third book. I hate getting into a series that isn't finished. I just end up torturing myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star read! April 4, 2013
By Jill
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all, I loved Pure and couldn't wait to read Fuse. It has been awhile since I read Pure so I decided to read it again before getting into Fuse and I'm so glad I did. I feel there are 2 levels to this book. The first which is the world building and all the wonderful descriptions of the fusings. The second which is the detailed plot of how the world got this way. Before I retead Pure, all I could remember was the first part so I was glad to refresh my memory with all the details of the plot. As many people have said, the second book of a trilogy is often fluff or filler. This is NOT the case with fuse. Here the author wonderfully builds the characters while moving the plot forward. There is a lot that happens in this book, so much that I kept notes and wrote a summary so that I will have all the details before reading the final book.

I absolutely love the El Capitan and Helmud characters. I was so captivated by what Helmud said. What he would repeat and how he repeated it. I loved the dynamic between the two brothers. I loved El Capitan's constant struggle with the burden of his brother. I loved his vulnerability.

I loved how all he characters were developed. I loved the complexity of Bradwell's and Pressia's relationship. I loved Partridge and his struggle to find out who he is and who he wants to become. I loved how Lyda becomes so much stronger despite her naivety.

I have to say I thought Fuse was even better than Pure-and I can't wait to read the final book in the trilogy.
PS I listened to the audio version and loved it-very well done!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good .. more detail.. less shock and awe April 14, 2013
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Let me start by saying I'm dying to read book three... This book started off slower than the first. As in most trilogies, the second one sets more the background and things to keep you wanting to read book three, this one does not dissapoint. WE find out more about the characters, more about the motives, and honestly I felt even more attached to the characters.
Julianna Baggott knows how to pull at the heart strings in a way that is just different than other YA authors. She is detailed but creative in a way I don't feel like skipping paragraphs. As I said earlier.. Come on Book Three!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful February 21, 2013
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I read it all in a single day, voraciously. There is no series like this. A sequel equal to Pure or better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book April 10, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am always searching for a good read. Dystopian and Amish Fiction are my favorites. Yeah I know, kind of the exact opposite, but I think they balance each other and me! This book was super and definitely in my keep pile. Thanks........
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dull.
Was soooo very bored, I could not finish it. Got to page 157. Loved the first book in the series. Oh well.
Published 17 days ago by 224perweek
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book a lot
I liked this book much more than the first one, it had more going on and less explaining what things were. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars a great story
As with any book in the middle of a trilogy, it answers questions but then opens more mysteries to be unresolved before the ending of the book. Loved it. Great writing.
Published 27 days ago by R. Meinershagen
3.0 out of 5 stars More?
I finished this novel expecting it to have more closure. The final chapter did not answer questions, it simply raised more. As it's a trilogy, that's that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Stark
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this trilogy
After a young Wretch is abducted by the Dome and ‘cleansed’ of her fusings and imperfections, she is only able to repeat the Dome’s latest message: ‘We want our son returned. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liz Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book one of my favorite series of books! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone :)
Published 2 months ago by tha-freak
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I just finished reading Fuse last night and I loved it! There's enough action and romance in the book to keep a reader's attention. Read more
Published 3 months ago by meg6784
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Good story line. I liked it a lot it is definitely worth the time to take to read. I recommend it
Published 3 months ago by kim wylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my students and they have loved it
I didn't read this book but bought it for my middle school classroom library after the students who read book one ("Pure") asked for it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathy H-H
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Pressia and her friend's search for answers is at a bit of a snail's pace. I will read the next one though.
Published 4 months ago by Jill
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More About the Author

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author, Julianna Baggott -- who also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher (The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted) and N.E. Bode (The Anybodies) -- has published 17 books, including novels for adults, younger readers, and collections of poetry. Her latest novel, PURE, is the first of a trilogy; film rights have sold to Fox2000 -- www.pure-book.com. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction, Real Simple, on NPR.org, as well as read on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "Here and Now." Her novels have been book-pick selections by People Magazine's summer reading, Washington Post book-of-the-week, a Booksense selection, a Boston Herald Book Club selection, and a Kirkus Best Books of the Year list. Her novels have been published in over 50 overseas editions. She's a professor in the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University and the founder of the nonprofit Kids in Need - Books in Deed. For more, visit www.juliannabaggott.com.

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