Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Fuse - Julianna Baggott (2013)

3 stars

After I read Pure I was so excited to read this book and to see what would unfold after everyone had joined together with a common goal, but I was disappointed by this book and it's lack of overall plot acceleration.

This book is told from the same four perspectives as the last book; Pressia, El Capitan, Partidge, and Lyda. I really hope that in the next book I can read from Bradwell's perspective for a change and also to discover more of his feeling and personality. I can understand why nothing much reallly happened in this book because Pure had most of the initial events of a revolution and obviously the last book in the trilogy needs to have the final conflict and resolution so I think that's why it took me so long to read. My favourite character was Helmud, he was so much more than anyone gave hin credit for and I loved how his brilliance shone through subtlely until the very end when El Capitan finally acknowledged him and his validity as a person. I definitely didn't enjoy this book as much as the first but I know that it had a lot of important stuff that I need to know for the next book which I hope is more interesting or at least moves a bit faster than this one.

This book starts with Lyda and Partridge being taken care of by the mothers and Pressia, Bradwell and El Capitan looking after wounded and training new soldiers at OSR headquarters. The dome sends out robotic spiders that latch on to people and blow up and they won't deactivate them until Partridge returns to the dome. Before he returns, he and Lyda have sex and she tells him she's not going back to the dome with him. Once in the dome Partridge learns that his father will give him leadership if he erases his memory of his time outside the dome. Once he does that Iralene helps him remember everything he's forgotten and then he slips his father a poison pill and kills him. Pressia and Bradwell use the black box from Ingership's house to learn where the formula that regenerates cells without the side effects is kept and on the way there they tell each other that they love each other, El Capitan also confesses his love for Pressia but then realizes she'll always love Bradwell. When Pressia goes to retrieve the formula, Bartrand Kelly, one of the seven, sees her there but she runs from him and when she returns to El Capitan and Bradwell she sees Bradwell dying. She shows him the two vials of serum she still has and says she can save him but he tells her he wants to die pure. She decides to instead insert the serum into the birds on his back because if they live he lives. However once she does that the cell acceleration does it's job and even though Bradwell wakes, he has six black wings coming out of his back.