Book Review- Burn

Thursday, 13 February 2014
Burn (Pure, #3)Title: Burn
Author: Julianna Baggott
Published: February 4th 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 418
Genre: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic,
Series: Pure #3

Rating: 5/5

Inside the Dome, Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His struggle has led him here, intent upon bringing down the Dome from the inside, with the help of a secret resistance force. But things are not as simple from his new position of power and he finds himself tempted by his father's words: perhaps if the world is to survive it needs the Dome - and Partridge - to rule it...
As Partridge's resolve weakens, Pressia and Bradwell continue piecing together the clues left to them from the time before the Detonations. It is their hope that they will be able to heal the Wretches, and free them from their monstrous fusings and the Dome's oppression once and for all. But everything depends, too, on Partridge. Separated by distance and history, can they still trust their friend and ally? Or is the world doomed to an eternity of war and hardship?- Goodreads

This is a review of the final book in a trilogy. Although this is a spoiler free review, feel free to check out my review of the first book (Pure) here.

I received an ARC copy of this novel from Net Galley in return for an honest review.
This is the final book in the Pure trilogy and if you have been reading my posts for any length of time you may be aware that this is my favourite dystopian trilogy I have ever read. 
This was an amazing final novel for the trilogy, it didn't disappoint as some finales tend to do. The author gave the readers an ending with a sense of finality but with enough to keep us thinking. I liked this, it meant that there were still parts for me to mull over, and make my mind up on what happened next.
This novel picks up a little later from where Burn leaves off, this is a spoiler free review so I won't go into any specifics but the action and pace of the plot picks up immediately, with us wondering what's going to happen to the characters in their current situations.
The characters in this novel are some of the most diverse and unique that I have ever had the pleasure to read about. The relationship between Pressia and Bradwell is stretched in this novel after what happened in the end of Burn, (I have never wanted to force a couple to talk about their problems so much!!) but their paths force them to decide what their priorities and plans are. I still absolutely love Pressia, she's so strong and brave, but has a human need for perfection, and her wish to save the Wretches and her secret wish to become Pure made me love her even more. 
Another character that has a special place in my heart is El Capitan and Helmud. I love the combination of the two brothers, how they experience the same things, I always wondered if Helmud feels the same way El Capitan does, It was interesting to see El Capitan come to terms with the person he was in Pure, I wondered when this would happen, and what sort of effect it would have on him.
I also enjoyed seeing the different struggles and problems Partridge and Lyda faced in the dome, it contrasted with what the others were going through outside. Seeing Lyda's descent into something close to madness was heartbreaking, I wanted to see the Lyda from Burn, when she was kick ass. I also missed Partridge, the effect of being leader of the dome seemed to suck so much out of him. He seemed to start to doubt himself and become confused about his feelings and ideas on everything.
The author cleverly uses a changing P.O.V to keep track of the different strands of the story. It meant that I felt equally invested in every character,and caused lots of tension and suspense as you waited to read the conclusion of a certain characters struggle.
Baggott's creativity is some of the most diverse and brilliant I have ever come across. The ideas are unique but work so well and seem possible, this is one of my favourite aspects of the series in general.
I am completely in awe of Baggott's world building through-out this trilogy.The creatures and buildings have become so familiar to me and I will miss the gritty, sand-filled world and the characters that inhabited it now the series's over.


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