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I Belong

Review: Fuse by Julianna Baggott

FuseTitle: Fuse

AuthorJulianna Baggott

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Pure (Book #2)

Publication Date: February 19, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 480 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455503088 (Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455503087 (Hachette)

Reviewed by: Candy


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…

Quick & Dirty: Neither Partridge or Pressia would have ever guessed that in a short period of time their whole worlds would change. Now they must both do everything they can to save both those inside the Dome and more importantly those who were left to die outside it.

Opening Sentence: Lying on a thin coat of snow, she sees gray earth meeting gray sky, and she knows she’s back.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

First off, I must warn people that this is the second book in the series and is a bit hard to get into if you have not read the first one. So I recommend going and reading book one, Pure. That being said, this was a wonderful second part to the series. Partridge and Pressia have both found roles they have to play to protect the Wretches and help save the earth from Partridge’s evil father. Partridge must risk his own life and return to the dome to penetrate the defenses from the inside, while Pressia must solve a puzzle set up even before the detonations. If they fail then Partridge’s father could continue to harm the Wretches for a very long time.

Julianna Baggott does a wonderful job with this second book. I like how the book is broken up so you see things from all five of the main characters points of view. It helps you understand and relate better to each of the characters. Also, it shows you just how much they have evolved and grown from the first book. All of her characters are so well developed and I wanted them to succeed and I felt for them as if I was right there with them.

I love how the girl characters in this book are portrayed. Sometimes they are stronger than the men. A great example is the mothers. Women fused to their children during the Detonations. These women are so fierce that everyone is scared of them. Also, the two main character girls are both very strong in their own ways. Pressia, who finds out her whole life was a lie and that she does not know who she really is, is truly strong. Instead of giving in and breaking down when she loses everything all at once and finds out she has no idea who she really is, keeps going and is persistent to find out the truth and to stop Partridge’s dad from destroying anything or anyone else that she cares about. Then there is Lyda, a Pure who was sent out to the Wretches as bait to get Partridge back, most would have been terrified in her position and would have fainted or just given up instead when given a chance to go back to the safe world she has always known, she says no and stays on the outside to fight alongside the Wretches.

The guys were really strong also. Partridge is a Pure whose father is the head of the Dome and the source of all the evil that has befallen the Wretches. It is up to Partridge to take out the only parent he has left before his father causes any more destruction. Then there is Bradwell, who as a small child found his parents after they had been murdered by Partridge’s father and has lived most of his life along with only the birds fused in his back to keep him company. He tries to help everyone around him and is thought of as a leader. Lastly, there is El Capitan and his brother Helmud who is fused to his back. In the first book they are the leaders of the OSR which forces people to become soldiers or live targets to fight the Dome. After meeting Pressia though that has all changed. El Capitan is nicer and friendlier. His brother Helmud, was thought to be dumb in the first book and could only repeat what his brother said but, it turns out he is actually very smart and very talented and when he is allowed to show it he can be very helpful.

This book was a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. One moment you were sure everything was alright and all would work out and then wham something would happen and you would be on the edge of your seat waiting to see if everything would be ok. I was never bored with this book and I had a hard time putting it down. This is saying a lot because I am not a fan of dystopian style books so the fact that I truly enjoy this series means that it is worth reading. I recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian books, also to those people who enjoy Science Fiction. For those who like Science Fiction the different creatures and how they have mutated because of the Detonations is really something to imagine.

Notable Scene:

Pressia’s ear is pressed to Bradwell’s chest, her head weighty, and she hears his faint heartbeat, like a slow watch wrapped in cotton. His breaths have gone soft. His arm has lost its hold on her and now lies on the ground, limp. She pulls it close to their bodies, sees the imbricate skin of ice that’s formed over it. Her own arm is glittering with snow, a thin new skin of shining gray crystals. She has no voice. Her lashes are dusted with snowflakes, heavy. She wants to close her eyes. She wants the snow to cover the two of them in a gray blanket. She wants to be buried in this lace.

Pure Series:

1. Pure

2. Fuse

3. Burn


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


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