Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott

Burn (Pure, #3)

“Here, on the cliff, he sees the end: He’s lying on the ground amid the ash and dust of his homeland and his chest is ripped open.  The truth lifts from his body like a long white unfurling ribbon, flecked with his blood.
How will it happen?  When?
He only knows that it’s not far off.”

Burn by Julianna Baggot is the third and final installment in the Pure Trilogy.  Following Patridge, El Capitan/ Helmud, Pressia, Bradwell, and Lyda, the conclusion of this story is anything but spectacular.  As rich of a story as we have had thus far for this trilogy, I feel that the end was too rushed or something was missing.  Pressia, Bradwell, and El Capitan need to make it to the Dome and Patridge.  Bradwell is dealing with being healed, and not dying on his own terms; Pressia is dealing with Bradwell not speaking to her; and El Capitan is dealing with having told Pressia his true feelings. 

Lyda and Patridge are inside the Dome.  Patridge has just committed patricide (I like the alliteration with his name and the act!) and now he must run the whole Dome, but what he doesn’t realize is that everyone has their own agenda inside the Dome.  Lyda is being kept away from the public eye and Patridge until PR decides to tell the public.  While she is being kept at a house, Lyda becomes increasingly depressed, especially once Patridge sets the truth free and chaos ensues within the Dome.  Now Patridge must marry Iralene to help the public keep their mind off their guilt, and Lyda has agreed that this is the best move.

Nothing was right about this book's ending.  I felt so bad for Pressia at the end, and frankly I lost all respect for Patridge halfway through.  I don’t believe that the character of the past two books would have decided the fate that he picked for himself.  I think some readers will find the ending to not be to their liking.  I did like the ride for the most part; usually the scenes with El Capitan can be entertaining and surprisingly redeeming.  Lyda had been annoying me since The Mothers’ episode in the last book.  There are plenty of secrets, declarations, and action packed into this last book.  I couldn’t put it down, even if the ending was disagreeable to me.

Thank You Netgalley.  3.5 stars out of 5.


  1. Thank you! I did not enjoy the ending of this book either. I hate when authors kill off characters for no good reason. It was very rushed and failed to really end the story for me.

    1. Thank you for your comment! I think after the Divergent series, I am just leery of authors pulling characters out of the books for no reason.