Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Dani at Pen to Paper.
This week, I'm wishing for a copy of the dystopian novel Pure by Julianna Baggott. The plot reminds me a little of a grown-up version of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld that I enjoyed as a teenager. Here's the Amazon summary:
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.
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.
I didn't really understand the summary until I read the description written by Barnes and Nobles are their website. From what I understand, Pure is a story about a post-apocalyptic world, where society has become divided between those who are damaged - like Pressia - and the Pures, like Patridge, the people who survived unscathed and are now protected from the outside world by the Dome. I'm really interested to see where the story goes when the two of them meet up. Pure got mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I figure I will probably give it a chance as I rarely read this type of novel. It also has a beautiful cover!
Pure by Julianna Baggott will be released February 8th, 2012.