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Fuse (The Pure Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Julianna Baggott
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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 . . .

Editorial Reviews


"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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  • File Size: 638 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star read! April 4, 2013
By Jill
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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
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 Wow!!! June 30, 2014
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This was amazing! Better than Pure, in my opinion, and looking forward to the 3rd and final book in the trilogy, Burn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read June 21, 2014
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I enjoyed the first two books more than Divergent series. I am starting Burn today. There's definitely a movie here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars engrossing May 26, 2014
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Imaginative, captivating, compelling. The characters are endearing on a miserable world situation. Well written and well characterized. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant second installment! May 23, 2014
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One of my favorite things about the first book in this trilogy, Pure, was how excellent the imagery was. This installment maintains that high level of excellent imagery, but it goes a step further by really developing some of the characters.

The storyline continues with Bradwell's intense desire to learn the truth about the past. He is almost obsessed with trying to figure out the purpose of the Black Boxes and piece together the past. Pressia is becoming obsessed with finding her father and understanding more about the person she really is instead of the person she has believed herself to be. Partridge and Lyda are working on giving tools to the wretches to try to take down the Dome, while still being chased by Special Forces. El Capitan is working on building an army to take down the Dome.

The character who changed the most for me was El Capitan. He went from being a hard-edged military man to someone who has feelings and thoughts and a certain softness to him. Pressia has influenced him so much that he has become more of a compassionate person, even in his relationship with his brother, Helmud. I loved reading from his point of view and being inside of his head, watching him struggle with his developing feelings for Pressia and his desire to be a good military man.

I also loved the developing relationship between Pressia and Bradwell. In the first book, their relationship begins to blossom, and in this book, it continues. There are struggles for them but the feelings continue to develop. They both chase answers from the past, and in doing so, they grow closer. They also uncover a lot of the secrets about the Dome and a way that they may be able to reverse the effects of the Detonations.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars purchased trilogy in best condition used then donated to local
whole trilogy was OK .purchased trilogy in best condition used then donated to local library
Published 1 month ago by paula
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
Great trilogy. Well written book.
Published 2 months ago by lauralyn
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting and fast paced read
Great follow up to Pure. Fuse has an exciting plot and nicely integrated dramatic twists and turns to storyline. Read more
Published 3 months ago by tnmng00
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous!
I loved this book, I think it puts forward a completely new and improved version of the dystopian future! A perfectly balanced story full of romance, violence and compassion.
Published 4 months ago by PhilipFCooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
follows Pure -good story in trilogy good reading
Published 4 months ago by judy hinch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A few surprises, and had me on the edge. Couldn't wait to read the last book!
Published 5 months ago by Kaylie Bogert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast And Great
Published 5 months ago by Janet Fitch
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ
LOVED it, it was even better then the first. so creative and the writing is amazing.
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Van Dam
4.0 out of 5 stars Neither Partridge or Pressia would have ever guessed that in a short...
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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 -- Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction, Real Simple, on, 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

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