Burn by Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure #3
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release: February 4, 2014
Hardcover: 432 Pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon
The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with Pure, recommended by People for those who loved The Hunger Games With his father now dead, Partridge has assumed leadership of the Dome, one of the last few refuges from the ravaged wastelands of the outside world. At first, Partridge is intent on exposing his father's lies, taking down the rigid order of the Dome, and uniting its citizens with the disfigured Wretches on the outside. But from his new position of power, things are far more complex and potentially dangerous than he could have ever imagined. On the outside, a band of survivors faces a treacherous journey to Dome. Pressia carries with her the key to salvation. If she can get it to the Dome, the Wretches could one day be healed and everyone might be able to put the horrors of the past behind them. Bradwell, the revolutionary, cannot forgive so easily. Despite Pressia's pleas, he is determined to bring down the Dome and hold its citizens accountable for leaving the rest of the world to burn. El Capitan, the former rebel leader, wants to help Pressia save as many lives as possible--but he's struggling to reconcile his newfound compassion with his vicious past. As former allies become potential enemies, the fate of the world is more uncertain than ever. Will humanity fall to destruction? Or will a new world rise from the ashes?(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:
1. What was your favorite part? Least favorite part?
Julia: My favorite part of the book is probably El Capitan. He has made such a major transformation over the entire book and he just makes the most sense to me. The ending was my least favorite part... Almost every part inside of the dome was my least favorite part! Partridge doesn't act as intelligent as I thought he would.
Shannon: I liked El Capitan too. His relationship with his brother, Helmud is my favorite. The author does an amazing job showing that. You don't quite know what Helmud is thinking, but he is usually the most honest. My least favorite part was whatever the heck was going on with Partridge in the dome. I just don't get it. I was pretty confused by the whole thing.
2. Some characters have quite a story arc. Which one did you like the best? Which one did you like the least?
Julia: Geesh, I pretty much answered this in the first question- whoops! El Capitan and Helmund are my favorites to follow. Partridge is my least favorite because he is so frustrating! How do you not see that there isn't ANYONE being honest with you!?
Shannon: Yes, El Capitan and Helmud are my favorites too! El Capitan probably has the biggest arc, having started the series as a "bad guy" to ultimately finding redemption for his past crimes. I also like the relationship that develops between El Capitan and Helmud. El Capitan feels burdened (quite literally) by his brother who is fused to his back. But by the end of this book, he realizes how much Helmud really means to him. My least favorite, again, was Partridge. I feel like he took a giant step backwards. He was so naive and trusting and some times I wanted to just scream at him.
3. How did you feel about the ending? Were you satisfied?
Julia: I'm not satisfied. The ending left me confused and left too many things unresolved. It does not feel like an end to a trilogy, that's for sure. I can't really give out my thought process because that would require majoring spoiling. It just fell flat, it was a dud! I loved the entire book up until how it all ended. I'm still confused.
Shannon: I really don't know what to think about the ending. It was certainly adrupt and left a lot hanging in the balance. I would have loved some kind of epilogue to give us some glimpse of what happened after. I thought most of the book was incredibly solid, but the ending deflated it a bit.
4. How does this book compare to the others in the series?
Julia: The first two books are so much better than this one. I mean, don't get me wrong, this is still a good book- but compared to the first two, this one just didn't do as much for me.
Shannon: I would agree this wasn't my favorite out of the three. I just found too many storylines to be frustrating and the ending so anticlimatic. But there were some parts that were extremely compelling, but it didn't leave me with the same feelings as the other two.
5. What do you think about this series overall?
Julia: This series is so underrated and I wish more people would read it...It has so much going for it! It has that creepy vibe that I love. It is raw and real and not pretty. If the apocalypse did happen- this is it.
Shannon: This is really a great series! Yes, it is dystopian, but it has so many unique things going for it. It definitely has a creepy factor which I love. But also, Baggott writing is quite beautiful. I think "raw and real" describe it really well. I don't want my disappointment over the ending of this book put anyone off from this series because I think the good definitely outweighs the bad here.
6. Who would you recommend this book to?
Julia: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves when a book knows how to creep them out! Anyone who loves the young adult genre and enjoys a good dystopian... Read this even if you think you're burned out on dystopia!!
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