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Center Point Large Print, 2012 - Fiction - 559 pages
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Pressia barely remembers life before the Detonations. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, as her birthday approaches, she remembers beautiful parks, birthday parties, fathers and mothers. Now, all is ash and dust, scars and damaged bodies -- and at sixteen, the age when all are required to turn themselves over to the militia, Pressia decides to run.

Partridge is a "Pure" -- one of the few who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. The "Pures" are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects them, and Partridge's father is one of their leaders. Despite a relatively easy life, Partridge feels isolated and lonely, and he thinks a great deal about loss. His father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his beloved mother never made it inside the Dome.

So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive on the outside, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome in the hope that he'll find her. The day Pressia meets Partridge is the day their worlds begin to shatter all over again.

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User Review  - SashaM - LibraryThing

Too much detail. Not enough story. Just couldn't care about the characters. The idea of the story has potential but would be much better with tighter editing. Read full review

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User Review  - Karin7 - LibraryThing

Pressia is just about to turn 16 when the novel opens, and is worried that she will be either pressed into military service and forced to kill the innocent at times, or to be one of those considered ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Julianna Baggott received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994, where she held a Greensboro Scholar Fellowship. In 1998 and 1999, she placed nearly forty poems and short stories in such magazines as Poetry, The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Indiana Review. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Delaware Division of Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale Foundation. Winner of the Eyster Prize for Fiction in 1998, her manuscript of poems was a 1999 finalist in Breadloaf's first-book prize. She lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband, poet David G. W. Scott, and their three children. Girl Talk is her first novel.