Review: "Fuse" (Pure #2) by Julianna Baggott

9200000008950402Author: Julianna Baggott
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-fi
Publication: Headline
Release Date: February 2013
Pages: 560
Spoilers: Yes, but marked

 

I finished reading Fuse last night, and I was blown away by how amazing it was. It was truly brilliant and the characters had even more depth than they had in the first book. Tho I think the characters were a bit to normal with the fact that Willux had blown up their families, it was probably because that wasn’t the main point in the book.

For me, it was hard to get into the book. That probably had personal reasons, but once I was through the firs part of the book, I found myself thinking about it during the day more and more; that’s good right?! I totally forgot the bounds between the characters, but that got clearing during reading the book. I was enjoying it a lot. It was fun and it had more action than the first book.

This is what Goodreads said:

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 way 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…

[SPOILER ALERT]

Whatever I thought was going to happen, didn’t happen. I was SO blown away. Pressia, Bradwall and El Capitan/Helmud flying away in an aircraft was the last thing I imagined to happen. And Patridge losing his memory: like WHY WHY WHY? I felt even more sorry for Iraline, tho I was a bit scared of her in the beginning. I think she’s one of those persons who are sacrificing themselves without anybody noticing. She’s so sweet but also brilliant. And evil. Sometimes evil.

I think Willux has such a complex mind, I just can’t imagine how hard it must have been for Patridge to live with the fact that his father is a murderer and has probably caused the Detonations. WOW. Yep. I know. And Willux was dying (I saw that coming) so he offered Patridge to be in charge. And, ofcourse, he needed to sacrifice his memory. WHICH. I. HATED. But the thing that scared me the most, what even made me shiver, was that Willux planned on putting his brains in Patridge’s body to say alive ‘forever’. GOD I was terrified. Julianna, dear, how did you come up with this idea?

And Pressia, on the other hand, leaving her world behind, flying away with Bradwell and El Capitan was so weird. She walked into another world when she landed. El Capitan/Helmud almost died, and all of the sudden, she has to decide how to keep Bradwell alive. And these last few pages were horrifying. GOD. I can’t wait for “Burn”. The third book.

I loved Fuse so much, I just can’t put it to words. The first part of the book was relatively slow compared to the last part of the book, but once I’d gotten through it, the roller coaster began. “Fuse” has more romance than “Pure” but is also a bit more confusing. I love love loved it!

Julianna, this is another masterpiece!

Check out her website by clicking HERE and buy Fuse at Amazon by clicking HERE.

(Note: I have the UK paperback versions of the books, because I like the UK cover more than the US cover. I live in Europe, so basically I can order whatever version I want. Even though Amazon sells both UK and US versions, I linked you to the US version because the UK version is hard to buy at Amazon [only used books].)

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