3/23/13

Fuse - Julianna Baggot

The first book in this trilogy, Pure, was one of my surprise favourites of 2012.  I remember picking the book up, not sure what to expect, and I was absolutely transfixed by the story.  When I picked up Fuse from the library, I was expecting to be captivated in the same way, but also a little hesitant about whether my sleep-deprived brain could handle a dystopian novel (after my struggles to get through Going Too Far, I was starting to think that I might be on a contemporaries-only binge for a while, at least until Marko starts sleeping through the night).

But Fuse captivated me just as much as Pure did.  And I loved it.

The story line picks up right where Pure left off.  To avoid spoiling anything for anyone who hasn't read Pure yet, I won't talk about the plot at all, but just say that Julianna Baggot's writing sucked me into the story and refused to let me go.  As I said in my bookish resolutions post earlier this year, I wasn't too sure how much reading or blogging time I was going to have with a newborn on my hands, and when I picked up Fuse, I was a little intimidated by its size (400+ pages).  It took me a little longer to read than my usual speed, but I still feel like I flew through the book, reading a page or two whenever I had a spare moment.  Even though that's not my usual style of reading (I'm usually one who prefers to sit down and read for an hour or so at a go), I found that this worked quite well for this book, mainly because Julianna Baggot's writing is so beautiful that you almost have to savour the words for a little while before moving onto the next section.  In fact, I had a Twitter conversation about this aspect of the book: I want to purchase a copy of these books, just so that I can reread them in the future and savour each and every word.  Here's an example:
I feel like we weren't made for each other. We're making each other--into the people we should become.
Fuse is a spell-binding sequel to Pure, and I might have enjoyed Fuse just a tiny bit more than Pure (and I LOVED Pure a heck of a lot).  I'm so excited to see what the conclusion of the trilogy will bring!

6 comments:

  1. I also really loved Pure and can't wait to get my hands of Fuse. Great review! I love the quote that you picked. So awesome.

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  2. Glad you managed to find some time to read! I love those kind of books that are so well written you just want to linger over them a little bit. This is the first I've heard of this series - I haven't read a good dystopian in a while so I'll keep a look out for it!

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    1. It's definitely one of the best dystopians that I've read in a while. Let me know what you think when you do pick it up!

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  3. I didn't like Pure as much as I wanted to :( but it was captivating; I actually liked her spin on the "mutants", and her worldbuilding was something I wanted to read more about. Hopefully there's more of that in the sequels, it might just tempt me to continue with the series ;)

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    1. That's exactly what I did love about it -- it's so DIFFERENT from anything else out there. Another friend liked Fuse better than Pure, so hopefully you will too!

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