by Julianna Baggott
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 12, 2013)
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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.At a Glance:
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.
It took me a little while to get back into the world of Pure, but once I did I encapsulated myself within it. I loved this book! I read it about a month ago and already want to re-read it!
There was stuff going on constantly. People running for their lives, characters bravely forging ahead in dangerous areas to discover the truth, shooting down dusts (people fused with the ground), tip-toeing within The Dome to stay alive and maybe take it down. So, yes. There was action!
Ah, the love. The thing I always hate about a second or third book is somehow the author has to manage the relationships she formed in the book before, in a way that that still is compelling and providing enough tension and excitement in the relationships that they can still hook the romance lovers.
This is pretty hard to do. Especially in a way that doesn’t push away the romance-haters. Still, I feel like Julianna Baggott did a great job at making all of us happy.
She added in new people as relationship possibilities, separated one of the couples, and overall just threw in a lot of challenges so that the game of romance was interesting.
And no, I am not telling you who ends up with who. Pretty sure there is a whole new book coming to determine & change that up, regardless.
Like Pure, there wasn’t just one main character. Pressa and Partridge, who are step-brother and sister, are generally the main characters. But El Capitan and Lydia were also getting their own chapters too, so I can’t say they were really that secondary.
We dove deeper into each of these character’s stories: Pressa, as she uses her mechanical skills to save lives and deal with her own internal battle with how to best help others and herself.
Partridge, trying to solve the mystery of what is hiding in his little room within the Dome, what is truth and what isn’t, and what he should do about his father before his father can do anything to him.
El Capitan, as his hard exterior cracks apart and he transforms into a kind leader that is worthy of love.
Lydia, as she has to decide whether to follow her own will, Partridge’s hopes, or the Mothers’ truth in the face of her own internal changes.
Favorite Supporting Character:
I really like Bradwell, the manly, determined, and smart guy with the birds in his back. I can’t help but fall for him. Although he is there is almost all the scenes with Pressa, he didn’t play much of a role apart from her in Fuse. He is such a good challenger and balance for Pressa, who wants everything she missed out on by growing up outside the Dome. He makes her think and be honest with herself.
And, who could not love Bradwell’s robot, Finnigan? He is a black informational box come alive who literally the key to solving one of the main mysteries in Fuse, of how to cure people and take down the Dome. He is such a noble little guy.
Something I loved:
Of course, I like that the story takes place outside of what used to be DC. Considering this is where I live, I appreciate references to the familiar landmarks.
But there was so much in this book I love. In case you couldn’t tell, I love the characters, their development and the plot.
I love so many things, some of which maybe I shouldn’t. Like the ghastly girls or the sick cruelty of the spiders. But then there were cool things, such as Hastings, Helmund and El Capitan being friends, and Lydia has strength.
It blows my mind that Baggott somehow managed to weave in fused plants that ate people and a journey overseas without it seeming too far fetched. The creativity in Fuse was genius! The world was so real that I can’t help but breathe a prayer of relief that I don’t live in it.
Something I hated:
The only downfall of this book is that it was complicated at the beginning. I had only read Pure about three months before Fuse, so I thought I would be fine. Still, even if you figure out where you left off in Pure, it is hard to get back into the world. Considering, it was a slow start and I had to force myself to push into it.
I thought maybe I was the only one, but Andye had told me the same, and then those who had read it online were also agreeing that it was a hard start.
I would recommend re-reading Pure right beforehand or just skimming the first chapters of Fuse.
Would I recommend it?
Even so, myself and everyone else who have read it say YES! READ READ READ it! It was better than Pure, and so far it is my favorite book of the year!
There was some cussing and a non-graphic scene of sex in the book.
By Elisa (@AverageAdvocate) at www.AverageAdvocate.com
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