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Fuse (The Pure Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Length: 481 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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'A great, gorgeous novel, boundless in its imagination. You will be swept away' Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of The Passage 'Discomfiting and unforgettable' The New York Times 'This novel sizzles with invention and viscerally disturbs with its portraits of catastrophe' The Sunday Times 'She has a flair for keeping the pages turning with a combination of short, sharp action beats and drip-fed revelations. Strong stuff, and gripping to boot' SFX magazine

About the Author

Julianna is an award-winning poet, novelist, and young adult writer. For years, she has been thinking about writing a futuristic dystopian novel about a society of haves - the Pure, who escaped the apocalypse and live in an uncontaminated dome-covered city - and have-nots - the wretched survivors who live in the nearly-destroyed outside world.

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  • File Size: 1178 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455503088
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 more than 20 books, including novels for adults, younger readers, and collections of poetry. Her latest novel, HARRIET WOLF'S SEVENTH BOOK OF WONDERS, was published in August 2015. Her novel, PURE, was the first of a trilogy; and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, and received the ALA's Alex Award. For more, go to:

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 College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University and hold the Jenks Chair at The College of the Holy Cross.

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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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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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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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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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