“Pure” by Julianna Baggott~Fabulous Post-Apocalypse Warning!



We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost—how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked: Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss—maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette
Pages: 431
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Author: Julianna Baggott
Find the author here: Baggott Website


Fox 2000 has acquired film rights to PURE, Baggott’s post-apocalyptic novel!!!!!!
What people are saying about PURE …

“Baggott’s postapocalyptic world is realized to stunning cinematic effect…”
–– The New York Times Book Review

“… gorgeous … You will be swept away.”
— Justin Cronin, New York Times Bestselling author of The Passage

“… extraordinary … an important book … by one of our finest writers.”
— Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“… startling and addictive … Breathtaking and frightening, I couldn’t stop reading PURE.”
— Danielle Trussoni, New York Times bestselling author of Angelology

“… glorious … full of wonderful weirdness, tenderness, and wild suspense. If Katniss could jump out of her own book and pick a great friend, I think she’d find an excellent candidate in Pressia.”
— Aimee Bender, New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake


Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. She has published seventeen books over the last ten years. Film rights for her forthcoming novel PURE have been acquired by Fox 2000. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, written under pen name Asher, was published in spring 2011. There are approximately 50 foreign editions of her novels to date.

Julianna began publishing when she was twenty-two and sold her first novel while still in her twenties. After receiving her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she published her first novel, Girl Talk, which was a national bestseller and was quickly followed by Boston Globe bestseller The Miss America Family, and then Boston Herald Book Club selection, The Madam, an historical novel based on the life of her grandmother. She co-wrote Which Brings Me to You with Steve Almond, A Best Book of 2006 (Kirkus Reveiws) optioned by producer Richard Brown and adapted by Keith Bunin with Matthew Warchus set to direct.

Her Bridget Asher novels include The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, The Pretend Wife, My Husband’s Sweethearts. More info can be found at her Bridget Asher blog.

She also writes bestselling novels for younger readers under the pen name N.E. Bode as well as under Julianna Baggott. The Anybodies trilogy was a People Magazine pick alongside David Sedaris and Bill Clinton, a Washington Post Book of the Week, a Girl’s Life Top Ten, a Booksense selection, and was in development at Nickelodeon/Paramount; The Slippery Map (fall 2007), and the prequel to Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007), a movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman. For two years, Bode was a recurring personality on XM Sirius Radio.

Julianna’s Boston Red Sox novel The Prince of Fenway Park (HarperCollins), was published in spring 2009. It is on the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards List for 2011-2012.
The Ever Breath (Random House) was published in December, 2009.

Baggott also has a highly acclaimed career as a poet, having published three collections of poetry and having been published in the best literary publications in the country, including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry in 2001, 2011 and 2012.

Baggott’s work has appeared in over a hundred publications, including the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Glamour, Ms., Real Simple, and read on NPR’s Here and Now, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. Her essays, stories, and poems are highly anthologized.

She is an associate professor at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts.

In 2006, Baggott and her husband co-founded the nonprofit organization Kids in Need – Books in Deed, that focuses on literacy and getting free books to underprivileged children in the state of Florida.

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Well certainly, this is one of the best written post-apocalypse novels to arrive on the bookshelves ever. Julianna Baggott is a seasoned writer with a vivid imagination. She is a genius of an author with incredible vision. Her imagery is stark and unique. This is a book that rushes up to grasp your attention at the most worrisome levels. What would happen if there were a “detonation” of epic proportions that left mankind changed into hybrids of the rarest sorts? I was blown away by this book! Consider what would happen if an elite group decided to rid the world of over-population…
This is in the headlines today, if one is interested enough to pursue the question.

Not only has Ms Baggott created a world of believable inhabitants mutated in extraordinary ways: half mechanicals/humans blasted in the detonation and melded with animals, birds, tools and toys; but, she’s created a world of ash and destruction inhabited by survivors barely holding on to their humanity. Memories are fragile and fragmented, relationships are shallow, and elders are few and far between. This is so well-conceived. Horrifyingly realistic.

Baggott’s characters; Pressia, Bradwell and Partridge are symbolic of the survivors we might hope to find in such a post-apocayptic world. Brave and strong of heart and mind…fighting against the status quo, wise beyond their years. Even the anti-hero, El Capitan is a victim of his times and somewhat sympathetic. Her rendering of such well-wrought peoples (others not mentioned here) adds depth in a way that made me devour this book like few others.

This novel would be perfect for college studies. Rich in detail, beautifully written, strong in characterization and symbolism for today’s world. It’s a warning of a world gone haywire. It’s a hope for survival. A unique and worthy read.

5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame

Happily there is a sequel coming soon! It’s called “Fuse” and will be debuting on February 19th, 2013!

Here’s a quick synopsis: An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, “Fuse” continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures–and change the fate of the world.



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“Ashen Winter” by Mike Mullin~YA Fiction Super Volcano Eruption!

Where will you be when Yellowstone National Park’s super volcano erupts? It will.  It’s just a matter of when. Mike Mullin has written two very impressive YA fiction novels about the inevitable eruption in the United States’s Mid-West that cripples and virtually destroys the country. His first book in the series, “Ashfall” and this one, “Ashen Winter” tells the story of a teenaged couple who learns to survive, along with others in a world completely rewritten by the volcano’s devastation. It’s a story of humanity’s survival…of the end of Eden and the loss of innocence coupled with the struggle for sanity and hope, literally, amidst the ashes.  As always, it’s love that’s found to be the highest order of all things.
Mullin shows the evils of mankind in their most blatant…the “what ifs” at their worst. And, he shows the courage of women and men under duress, as well. Many times I found myself holding my breath, and then cheering for Darla, the stronger-than-the-men young woman, who is a genius at almost everything she puts her hand to including mechanics! Often, I clenched my teeth and shook my head in frustration at the stops and starts, the things and people that held back Alex, the teenager from whose eyes and ears we first experienced the disaster.  The characters running amok in these books are worthy of zombie-land!  The main characters, however, are salt-of-the-earth types who we can easily recognize among our friends and family.  The struggle to survive is the driving force of their lives.
This is a novel that’s not easy to read in terms of it’s plausibility. It’s not easy to “hear.” The Super Volcano eruption could happen. It might happen in our time..any day. What’s for sure is that this is a set of books that would do well to be taught in public and private high schools throughout the United States! Forewarned is to be a little better prepared. Because if it ever happens…all bets are off and it’s literally every single woman for herself.
5 stars blazing for this fabulous book!!


Published by:  Tanglewood Press

Author:  Mike Mullin

Pages:    594

Author’s website:  http://www.mikemullinauthor.com


It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.
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About Mike Mullin :
Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mullin’s first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mullin has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at Central Library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant. He has worked in his mother’s business, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, for more than twenty years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer, school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant. Mullin wrote his first novel in elementary school — Captain Poopy’s Sewer Adventures. He’s been writing more or less nonstop ever since, but fortunately for his readers, Ashfall will be his first published novel. Mullin holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Visit http://www.mikemullinauthor.com for more info about the author and Ashfall and its sequel, Ashen Winter.