Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Fuse by Julianna Baggott

When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.

Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.

An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fuse continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.

So remember when Pure was this slow burn, world-building book that displayed such a mastery of writing? Yeah, well Fuse is NOT THAT. Okay, it still has beautiful writing, but the whole slow thing, not so much. Fuse starts out, speeds up, then all of sudden kicks into 120 MPH and does not the stop the entire time for 400 pages then you turn the last page and just go ‘WHAT IN THE WHAT WAS THAT?!’. In a good way.

This book’s plot is hard to talk about cause just SO MUCH happens. But the majority of the story happens while Pressia, Bradwell, El Capitan and Helmud try to understand the maddening world of a lunatic (Willux), Partridge realizes he needs to go back into the Dome and all of the hair-pulling repercussions that creates while dear, sweet Lyda goes native. She’d probably make Miss Texas from Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens proud.

As much as I loved it when the gang was all together, I loved (even painfully at times) that they were mostly apart for this book. It gives the chance to see them more as individuals and of course better build up for when they reunite. Well, they better reunite otherwise someone’s getting smashed. It also led to seeing more of this strange and unique world Baggott has so elegantly created.

Finishing this book was one of those moments in which I forgot myself and all of the knowledge of the trilogy world and got super whiny and voice-cracky over the idea of having to wait a year for Burn.

I also highly recommend reading Pure by Julianna Baggott seeing as this is the sequel.

-Reviewed by Jennifer

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