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Fuse: The Pure Trilogy, Book 2

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Post-apocalyptic story has great characters; still gruesome.

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While still incredibly compelling and packed with brutal but fascinating images and concepts, Fuse suffers slightly from being the middle book.

The title of the second book in the Pure trilogy -- FUSE -- refers both to the objects embedded in the characters' bodies (birds, a doll, a pearl necklace, a child, etc.), as well as the developing physical and emotional relationships between Pressia and Bradwell and Partridge and Lyra. Being a dystopian story, these relationships are fraught with doubt, distance, misunderstandings, and mistakes, but they are at the emotional core of this story, overshadowing the characters' various quests to some degree.

The goal of Pressia and Bradwell's quest isn't always clear, though this also makes Fuse less predictable than cookie-cutter dystopian novels. The world these characters inhabit is so strange and yet subtly familiar that readers will be eager to move on to the finale and see the various loose ends tied up.

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