Well, gang, you guys did it. Actually, the followers numbers just blew me away yesterday. I thought it would take longer to get to over 100! So you are definitely getting the 100+ followers giveaway, which will starts NOW along with Shawn Keenan's giveaway of The Intern's Tale. Watch for his interview on Monday!
So now for the topic of the day... This is the book I saw Jessi from Reading in the Corner reading when I met her at the Lauren Oliver event months ago. I asked her about it, and she said I had to read it. So I put it on my list and finally got to it. I didn't like it as much as she did, but I can see why she did. I'm going to put some major spoilers in this post (I don't do that in my other public reviews, but there are certain things about this book that I had huge issues with and want to talk about!)
Pure by Julianna Baggott follows several characters, but the main trio is composed of Pressia, Bradwell, and Partridge in their journey in a post-apocalyptic YA tale. The setup is pretty horrific-- we have humans that have been fused to other humans, animals, plants, and inanimate objects. In fact, Pressia has a fused doll's head instead of a hand. Each of these protagonists come from different backgrounds, but band together to figure out the truth behind their world and themselves.
I can see why my friend liked it. The author has great creativity. I cringed at a lot of the descriptions. The characters overall were likeable and compelling, my favorite being the very complex and twisted character of El Capitan. There are moments of beauty in the prose and each chapter feels very complete.
That said, there are a few reasons I decided to give it three stars. First, is my issue with the science. If this was a grotesque fantasy world with no real world reason to back it up, fine. But I can't wrap around an atomic bomb causing everyone to fuse to something else but either completely losing their humanity or staying separate entities, just fused together (for example, a mother fused to the baby, both were alive, separate entities like Siamese twins). I tried to suspend my belief, but I struggled through most of the book because of this. Second, the book dragged a lot. Even though this is a horrific world, and our characters get attacked pretty frequently, the actual plot can be honed down to a few paragraphs. And the plot-- it's unfortunate, but this story is Star Wars in a dystopian YA. I could match up all the characters and plot lines and could sometimes hear the Darth Vader tune in the background. SPOILERS ALERT! So get this as a plot. There is a REALLY evil guy (Darth Vader) who has a son who is good and is the hero of the piece (Luke Skywalker), who goes out exploring and finds a half sister he never had (Leia anyone??) and she falls in love with a guy who sounds suspiciously like Han Solo (except with birds fused to his back).
Overall, because of some great characters and creative world building, I can see how this book appealed to some readers, but unfortunately for me, because of the aforementioned issues, it never completely won me over.
Vote on my Amazon review: Pure by Julianna Baggott
I don't mind some overlap of story lines-- in this day and age, it's really hard to be completely original, but it was just too much for me!
How do you feel about copycat plots?