Thursday, March 1, 2012

MFA Greensboro Alum Julianna Baggott Reviewed and Interviewed about 'Pure'

Review of Pure and Interview with Julianna Baggott


The big trend in fiction, particularly, the young adult market is in
dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories. Just look at the popularity of The Hunger Games
and its upcoming movie release. If you're not familiar with them,
dystopian and post-apocalyptic novels are filled with despair, political
warnings, a controlling totalitarian government, and viruses... well,
you get the idea. Yet through all the darkness which haunts these
stories, there's light just beyond the horizon.

The most appealing aspect of these stories is that the creative
characters and landscapes leap off the page and most importantly, how
these stories make us think.

About her YA novel, Pure, Julianna Baggott says:

I think it's larger than YA, and it makes complete sense
that both readers and writers would have an eye on the apocalyptic
themes. The teen years are by definitions somewhat apocalyptic, and with
the current economy, talk of nuclear weapons, environmental disaster...
well, we're looking for stories where characters dig deep, who endure.
Dystopian fiction is often about hope.

From the first page to the last I was hooked by Pure's vivid and visually stunning world. If you're a fan of books like The Hunger Games, The Handmaid's Tale and 1984, you'll get a kick out of Pure. Not only is it imaginative and clever, it's filled with frightening possibilities. Pure is science fiction at its finest.

Pure tells the story of two very different people, Pressia
and Partridge, who live in a post-apocalyptic environment -- one ravaged
by fire, disease, natural disasters, and war. It's a world where the
remaining inhabitants, either live in the ruins or in a secure dome.

Prior to the opening, a nuclear war known as the Detonations has
killed millions of people and severely maimed others. The extreme heat
from the blast causes people to be fused with whatever object they were
holding or near to at the time. For instance, Pressia was holding a
doll. Her hand remains a baby doll. Her grandfather has a small fan
fused to his throat.

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