Pure by Julianna Baggott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free digital copy through Net Galley.
Pure is dark and disturbing. It takes place 9 years following the detonations which destroyed the Earth, turning it into a place completely unrecognizable. Those who survived have been fused with animals, objects, the Earth itself, and with each other. All except those within the Dome, the Pures.
The first 60% of this reads more like a series of events, rather than a plot driven story, but I really liked that. There's a ton of world building and character development, and it's truly fascinating to learn about this new world that has been created. However, there are time when these descriptions seem to veer off too far, get confusing, and don't seem to add anything of importance.
Overall, this was a great start to a new series. The ending wasn't exactly a happy one, but it definitely leaves a feeling of hope for the following books.