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Fuse (Pure Trilogy) Hardcover – February 19, 2013

Book 2 of 3 in the Pure Trilogy Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Pure Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455503088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455503087
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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We cannot wait for the 3rd book to come out.
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This book really has it all with great character development, good plot, interesting and thought-provoking themes, and great descriptions of setting.
Tyler
The second book was even better than the first.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 23, 2013
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 By J. M. M. on February 28, 2013
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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 By Jill on April 4, 2013
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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By BookJunkie on September 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Let me just say that I am an oddball in that I usually enjoy the 2nd book in a trilogy more than the first. Usually with the first book, I have to get accustomed to the characters, the plot, and the world of the novel. When I follow up on the second book, I'm already familiar with the characters and their world and so it makes the book even better for me because I feel as if I only get to know more about the characters I love.

I thought the same would happen with "Fuse", I had enjoyed "Pure" so much that I did not see myself liking "Fuse" any less but alas the second installment did not come off as great as the first one did.

First off, towards the end of the book, this novel had major grammatical errors, and I'm not talking about a misplaced comma either, I mean a wrong character name being used, "gis" instead of "his", etc. In other words, glaringly obvious errors.

Again with the multiple point of views, in "Pure" I didn't mind as much because it was all new but in this book, I was literally dreading reading a viewpoint of a character I didn't care about or one who didn't have much going on and felt like a waste of a chapter. I just wanted to get to the good parts where things were happening but I had to read through other minor charcters' chapters and their story arc before I could go back to the main plot of the novel. That was irksome.

The world which I thought was so fascinating in Book One no longer felt as fresh and interesting in this one. Probably because the shock factor wore off.

This book also rambled on about a lot of scientific stuff, which obviously shows the amount of research and thought the author put into this novel, something that I, as a reader, appreciate but I felt it was a tad too much.
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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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