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.
Publication date: February 8th 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
The Elliott Review:
The post-apocalyptic world Baggott has created draws the reader in with a sense of dark curiosity. It's a world where humans have fused with whatever was near them when the detonations occurred, eking out a meager, bleak existence while hoping for the day when they can possibly be rescued and taken inside the Dome where the Pures live.
Pressia has vague memories about what life was like before the detonations happened, leaving the doll she was holding forever connected to her wrist. She and her grandfather struggle to survive, and now that Pressia is coming of age, she has to deal with what might happen to her. As she gets to know a passionate young rebel named Bradwell, she feels things and considers ideas that she has never known before.
Partridge lives in a clean, sterile world where everything is very much controlled by those in charge - namely, by his father and others like him. The idea that perhaps his mother is still alive outside of the dome prLopels him to act, to get out, despite his confusing feelings for Lyda.
The way everything in this story is connected keeps the storyline fast-paced and exciting. This is definitely a read that lovers of post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction will gravitate towards.
Young Adult Notes:
Some language, violence, sensitive topics.
Source: Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for making this title available at Netgalley.