Fuse & Burn by Julianna Baggott

 

9752754Title: Fuse
Author: Julianna Baggott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: February 2013
Overall: 4 out of 5 

We want our son returned. This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time.

 

To be a Pure is to be perfect, untouched by Detonations that scarred the earth and sheltered inside the paradise that is the Dome. But Partridge escaped to the outside world, where Wretches struggle to survive amid smoke and ash. Now, at the command of Partridge’s father, the Dome is unleashing nightmare after nightmare upon the Wretches in an effort to get him back.

 

At Partridge’s side is a small band of those united against the Dome: Lyda, the warrior; Bradwell, the revolutionary; El Capitan, the guard; and Pressia, the young woman whose mysterious past ties her to Partridge in way she never could have imagined. Long ago a plan was hatched that could mean the earth’s ultimate doom. Now only Partridge and Pressia can set things right.

 

To save millions of innocent lives, Partridge must risk his own by returning to the Dome and facing his most terrifying challenge. And Pressia, armed only with a mysterious Black Box, containing a set of cryptic clues, must travel to the very ends of the earth, to a place where no map can guide her. If they succeed, the world will be saved. But should they fail, humankind will pay a terrible price…

 review

 

Fuse was definitely a good followup to the first book, Pure. I really liked the character development in this book. We did have multiple POV’s in this book, and while in the first one the changes didn’t bother me it did detract from this book for me. There were 4 total, but I will touch on each of them even though it was a bit much for me.

 

Pressia was totally awesome in this book, and while her hot and cold behavior towards Bradwell did bother me it also felt realistic. I don’t know that in her position loving someone is a good idea. The romantic side of me says of course love is worth it, but the pragmatic side says survival is all that matters. I also liked how Pressia grew in this installment, she really started to come into her own. She began to figure out what she wanted, and what she was willing to give up. I also liked that we got see Pressia’s brilliance come out. She started to figure out the mystery that surrounds the Dome and what they want by herself. It’s easy to see Bradwell is not the only highly intelligent member of their group.

 

Partridge was a difficult character for me to get into once he leaves Lyda and the rest of the group behind. I just don’t feel much sympathy for Partridge, and while I think he wants to do the right thing, I also think he wants to do the easy thing. I did like that he was able to deceive his father, even if it was with the help of Iralene. Iralene ended up being a character that I found intriguing, and I wish we knew more about her story. In the end though, I just felt like Partridge regressed. Instead of growing like other characters he really just became dependent on those around him.

 

Lyda was the hardest POV of view for me to read, and I will be honest I did end up skimming/skipping large sections of her POV. I did like that she ended up being her own person, and able to tell Partridge that she was not going to just follow him.There was nothing wrong with Lyda in general, but it just felt like she wasn’t contributing to the overall story. In this book it just felt like she was there because of her romantic entanglement to Partridge. I also could have done without a few of things that happened towards the end of the book. I just felt like Lyda’s POV was the least important.

 

On the other hand even though it wasn’t important I LOVED El Capitan’s POV. Part of it is because his character growth from Pure to the end of Fuse was amazing. Especially with his brother Helmud. I loved these two together, and there were even laugh out loud moments, which in a series so incredibly dark is always amazing. I truly felt for El Capitan in this book, he definitely realizes a few things about himself, Pressia and Bradwell. It was heartbreaking, because while I adore his character there is no way he is going to get the happy ending that he deserves. El Capitan knows this and is resigned to it, but he is still a wonderful person in spite of that.

 

Julianna Baggott does a fantastic job of creating this world, and it is dark, complex, and wonderful. Her writing draws you in, and makes you think. There is mystery and intrigue everywhere, but yet every character is multi-faceted. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars simply because the multiple POV did detract from the storyline, but this is frequently my complaint and probably will not ruin the book for any readers who don’t mind it.

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4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

 

9752790
Title:
Burn
Author: Julianna Baggott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Format: Hardcover
Publication Date: February 2014
Overall: 4 out of 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?

review

Burn was a mixed bag of emotions for me, and it’s difficult to explain why. There are many things that I loved about this book. Julianna Baggott’s writing is always amazing, and drew me in from the beginning. I think the biggest problem was I started to dislike some of the characters. We are left with 4 POV’s again, and again it bothered me.

 

Firstly, Pressia’s POV was still my favorite. I felt like she wasn’t afraid to look at herself and see herself honestly. Pressia wanted to be braver, but she also didn’t mind telling people what she wanted. She did question her own motives, but she because she was so thoughtful she was able to see that her motives were two-sided. She knew she was being selfish, but she also knew she wanted to save lives. She wasn’t upset or willing to change her mind, even though those two things meant that she disagreed with Bradwell and El Capitan. I liked that Pressia wanted to keep believing in Partridge, even as he proved her wrong. Pressia is the one who I felt bad for, because in the end she got nothing that she wanted or worked for.

 

Partridge. Oh, Partridge. I wanted to slap him in the face so many times in this book. This is where I get my mixed bag of emotions. I HATED Partridge in this book. He was weak, whining little boy. He didn’t work for anything he wanted, and he was willing to do whatever was easiest. I saw this coming in the last book, but it made me so angry. Partridge knew what it was to be outside the Dome, and yet his only concern was his own comfort. He tried to justify it, but I never believed it. I hated that he turned into that, especially because he was presented with so many opportunities, and he even had the presence of mind to question his actions. Yet he never changed his path, he always took the easy road even in the end.

 

I actually liked Lyda more in this book, her POV still seemed meaningless because it didn’t really add much to the story. I did like how she still wanted to be a warrior, and took steps to protect herself and her baby. Lyda made some easy choices, and some difficult ones. I felt like she was more realistic than Partridge in her choices, because she really picked which battles she wanted to fight.

 

El Capitan really took a backseat in this book to everything else going on, but he was still one of my favorites. He is such a tortured soul, and I love watching him grow and gain self-respect. There were mistakes that he made such as getting drunk and fighting with Bradwell, but there are also things I admired like his ability to take responsibility for his actions before he met Pressia. El Capitan and Helmud add an awesome dimension to this book, and I love how much they’ve grown since the first book.

 

I also thought that Burn made a great point, in the book both women were not afraid to stand up to their men. Pressia loved Bradwell, but she wasn’t afraid to tell him that she disagreed with this plan. Poor Lyda gave up everything from Partridge, but wasn’t afraid to walk away when it wasn’t working. The Mothers also give a dimension to this aspect, but they are far more scary.

 

The ending did leave me wanting more, but I am glad it wasn’t a happily ever after. I do wish some characters would have gotten a different ending, but I can’t say that I’m surprised or angry. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars because Partridge’s regression and the multiple POV really irritated me in this book.

 

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  4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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Happy Reading!

Kasey