"Pure" by Julianna Baggott is a dystopian novel about a future almost too horrible to imagine. A series of "detonations" has killed most of the population and disfigured those who lived.
When the detonations happened, items near people were fused to their bodies, causing death or disfigurement. Pressia, one of the protagonists in the story, had her doll fused to her hand. While she can still feel her hand inside the doll, they are joined and cannot be separated.
Bradwell, another character who survived the detonations, has birds fused to his back. They flutter beneath his shirt and live attached to him. Those who survived the detonations all carry scars and fusions to prove who they are.
On the other hand, there are those who were in the Dome when the detonations occurred. Those people, the Pures, are unscarred and unscathed. They live breathing purified air, eathing purified food, and calling those outside the Dome "wretches."
The story is told from two points of view, that of Pressia, a "wretch", and Partridge, who escapes from the Dome and is a Pure. The story is told in third person narration which at times leaves the reader feeling detached and removed from the characters in the story.
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