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Grand Central Publishing, Feb 8, 2012 - Fiction - 448 pages
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We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

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I really wanted to give this book five stars because it had amazing world building. I loved the characters, and the author is a great writer. Trust me its harder than u think to write. I've never read a book like this, in this genre, and for me it went a little bit to the unrealistic side when it came to what happened to the people after the detonations. Why did everybody have something foreign on their body? Some people were robotic. I understand she tried doing the whole atomic bomb thing and she nailed it with the world building, absolutely nailed it. The characters however were hard to relate to being so unhuman. Thankfully the main characters werent like that, the doll head fist was weird at first but I loved it towards the end. And the ending was a bit abrupt for me, I know its a trilogy but it sort of just dropped in the middle of nowhere and the ending seemed rushed. But all in all I couldn't put the book down, Maybe that's why the ending felt rushed because I didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the second book.  

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About the author (2012)

JULIANNA BAGGOTT is the author of many books including national bestseller Girl Talk. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday (ed. Billy Collins), The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, and read on NPR's Talk of the Nation. And her books have received critical acclaim from reviewers and fellow authors alike.

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