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I Belong

Review: Burn by Julianna Baggott


AuthorJulianna Baggott

Genre: YA Dystopian/Science Fiction

Series: Pure (Book #3)

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455502995 (Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455502998 (Hachette)

Reviewed by: Candy


The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with Pure, recommended by People for those who loved The Hunger Games

With his father now dead, Partridge has assumed leadership of the Dome, one of the last few refuges from the ravaged wastelands of the outside world. At first, Partridge is intent on exposing his father’s lies, taking down the rigid order of the Dome, and uniting its citizens with the disfigured Wretches on the outside. But from his new position of power, things are far more complex and potentially dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

On the outside, a band of survivors faces a treacherous journey to Dome. Pressia carries with her the key to salvation. If she can get it to the Dome, the Wretches could one day be healed and everyone might be able to put the horrors of the past behind them. Bradwell, the revolutionary, cannot forgive so easily. Despite Pressia’s pleas, he is determined to bring down the Dome and hold its citizens accountable for leaving the rest of the world to burn. El Capitan, the former rebel leader, wants to help Pressia save as many lives as possible–but he’s struggling to reconcile his newfound compassion with his vicious past.

As former allies become potential enemies, the fate of the world is more uncertain than ever. Will humanity fall to destruction? Or will a new world rise from the ashes?

Quick & Dirty: Partridge is back in the dome to fix things from the inside. At the same time Pressia, Bradwell, and El Capitan must continue to fight to bring about change from the outside. The question is will the pures and the wretches come to an agreement on what is best for all?

Opening Sentence: He knows the ending.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

First off, this is the third and final book of the trilogy and I do recommend if you want to read this series after reading my review that you read the other two first and I do recommend the first two books. Both Pure and Fuse are wonderful works. Partridge has returned to the dome and wants to make things right for those on the outside. Unfortunately, there are many who would rather not see the dome come down and pures and wretches living together. They are so against it that they would do anything to keep them separate including blackmail and even worse. On the outside Pressia must cross an ocean and force her way inside the dome without getting herself killed to do what she can to help the cause.

I hated Partridge in this book. In the first two books he seemed strong and smart. Then in this book he totally regresses into a horrible character. He is whiney and lets others dictate his life. He hurts those who are supposed to mean the most to him and he abandons everything he stood for in the first two books. By the end of this book I wanted to see his downfall because he became just like his father and acted like the wretches were second class citizens who did not deserve any better than what they had.

Pressia on the other hand just keeps getting better. She becomes stronger and she is determined to save those she cares about. Even when she knows that it may mean being hated she would do whatever it takes to save those she loves. This includes a little wretch girl she barely knows. Then when she can’t save or protect those she cares about it hurts her so deeply. Pressia is just a very believable character. She wants to believe that there is good in everyone and that they will all want to do what is right to fix the world. Also, she is brave. Even when there is a situation that could result in her death, Pressia does not give up, instead she fights on and succeeds.

I was very disappointed with this book. I loved the first and second books and thought the third book was going to be just as good. Julianna Baggott had a wonderful idea and could have gone somewhere wonderful with it. Instead she destroyed it all. I guess I just like a happy ending and there was NO happy ending for anyone in this story. They all either died, were betrayed or lost everything that mattered to them. The author could have made it all better and made the wretches and the pures come together instead she tore both worlds apart and everything that Pressia was working for was for naught. I do recommend the first two books but I recommend not reading this one, unless you don’t mind the doom and gloom type endings. Instead I suggest you think of the happy ending it felt like the author was headed for in the first two books.

Notable Scene:

“Here’s the honest truth about my father. He was the mastermind behind the detonations. He was a mass murderer.” Partridge can feel the air in the room tightening, going silent and still. “I’ve been outside the Dome. I’ve met people who know the truth, including my own mother. My father killed her and my brother too. I was a witness.”

The Pure Trilogy:

1. Pure

2. Fuse

3. Burn


FTC Advisory: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of Burn. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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