The Pure Trilogy

The Pure Trilogy

Grand Central Publishing/Hachette



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A post-apocalyptic, dystopian thriller and love story, which includes the three titles Pure, Fuse, and Burn.


  • New York Times Notable Book.
  • An American Library Association Alex Award Winner
  • Previously in development with Fox2000, Karen Rosenfelt producer.
  • New York Times Editor’s Pick.
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice list of the Best Adult Books for a Young Adult, 2012.
  • A Best Book of 2012 list selection, Suspense Magazine.
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly.
  • Library Journal break-out novel for February 2012.
  • Library Journal’s 25 Top Fiction Titles from January through April 2012.
  • Library Journal, starred review of the audiobook.
  • People magazine pick for “Still Hungry?” suggested reading for those who loved The Hunger Games on a list of 5 books, including Orson Scott Card and Philip Pullman.
  • Indie Next Pick: Great Reads
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  • Starbucks Bookish Digital Book Club Pick
  • Booktopia Buzz Best Cross-Over Title for February
  • An Entertainment Weekly pick for “Find Me a Twilight.”
  • mention in Best Bets
  • A Spring Break Reading pick for The Book’s 20SomethingReads
  • A Pick for “After Harry Potter: Contenders for the Next Page-to-Screen Series”


“Baggott’s postapocalyptic world is realized to stunning cinematic effect… the ‘Mad Max’ landscape creating the backdrop for a succession of violent confrontations in which the stakes are satisfyingly high. What lifts Pure from the glut of blood-spattered young adult fiction is not the story Baggott tells but the exquisite precision of her prose.”
The New York Times Book Review

“… Baggott has done the seemingly impossible and created an original vision of disaster … this novel sizzles with invention …” —The Sunday Times (London)

“Baggott’s highly anticipated postapocalyptic horror novel … is a fascinating mix of stark, oppressive authoritarianism and grotesque anarchy. Baggott mixes brutality, occasional wry humor, and strong dialogue into an exemplar of the subgenre. ”
Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“It’s a concept which jars at first, but then becomes a constant and poignant reminder of a world irretrievably lost….Baggott tells what might have been an overly grim tale with crystalline precision…” —The Guardian (UK)

“A great gorgeous whirlwind of a novel, boundless in its imagination. You will be swept away.” —Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of The Passage

Pure  is not just the most extraordinary coming-of-age novel I’ve ever read, it is also a beautiful and savage metaphorical assessment of how all of us live in this present age. This is an important book by one of our finest writers.” —Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner


“…Pure is a dark adventure that is both startling and addictive at once. Pressia Belze is one part manga heroine and one part post-apocalyptic Alice, stranded in a surreal Wonderland where everyone and everything resonates with what has been lost. Breathtaking and frightening. I couldn’t stop reading Pure.”
—Danielle Trussoni, New York Times bestselling author of Angelology


“A boiling and roiling glorious mosh-pit of a book, full of wonderful weirdness, tenderness, and wild suspense. If Katniss could jump out of her own book and pick a great friend, I think she’d find and excellent candidate in Pressia.”
—Aimee Bender, bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake


“Baggott delves fearlessly into a grotesque and fascinating future populated by strangely endearing victims (and perpetrators) of a wholly unique apocalypse. And trust me, Pure packs one hell of an apocalypse.”
—Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse

“A post-apocalyptic thrill ride, filled with wildly inventive characters … Bursting with imagination and epic adventure.”
—Steven Schneider, producer of the Paranormal Activity Franchise

Pure is testament to the might and beauty of Grimm-dark imagination…. A sublime novel by one of our most important storytellers.” —William Giraldi, author of Busy Monsters

“Julianna Baggott has created a mesmerizing, nightmarish apocalyptic world, populated by denizens who suffer out bleak existence bearing the literal marks of what was closest to them in their previous life…. Sure to haunt the imagination of readers for a long, long time.”
—Matt Bondurant, author of The Wettest County in the World and The Night Swimmer

“Original and masterfully written … startling, harrowing, and touching.”
—Jeff VanderMeer, World Fantasy Award winner and bestselling author of City of Saints and Madmen

“Baggott’s imagery is matchless in this freakish and compelling tale of love and revolution…. Verdict: A sure hit for fans of Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games…. ”
Library Journal, starred review of the audiobook

Pure makes The Hunger Games look like a garden party. ” —

“This is a fabulous, disturbing, gripping, dark adventure.” —Herald Sun (Melbourne)

“Finally — a trilogy that’s got us totally hooked!” —Dolly (Australian monthly magazine)

“…make room on your shelf for Pure…Dark and wildly imaginative,… If you thought Lisbeth Salander [the lead actress Girl with a Dragon Tattoo] was a bizarre-looking heroine, you haven’t seen Pressia yet!” — Entertainment, on their 24-Hour exclusive of the book trailer for Pure

“…[Baggott’s] skills as a poet shine through in some understatedly well-crafted prose – descriptions are sketched with crystalline precision, not floweriness – but she also has a flair for keeping the pages turning with a combination of short, sharp action beats and drip-fed revelations. Strong stuff, and gripping to boot.”—Nic Clarke, SFX (UK)

“[Pure] is a window into an apocalyptic world, never before imagined in literature or film… Pure burns along at a savage pace and the few passages where Baggott allows us to pause become voyeuristic windows into her extraordinarily imagined world. [Baggott’s] … real characters … will haunt you…” —Susan May for Suspense Magazine

“A compelling and almost hypnotic read.” —The British Fantasy Society

“Laden with haunting imagery, powerful prose, and well-written characters, Pure is sure to win the hearts of teenagers and adults alike.” —

“Julianna Baggott’s novel of a post-apocolyptic world is gritty, unadulterated and unapologetic in its treatment of characters. The author does a superb job creating realistic landscapes, and horrible mutations … the quality of the writing will make the reader want to continue to the very end.” — Netgalley

“The world of Julianna Baggott’s soon-to-be-released Pure is amazing. It’s dark and twisted and complex…. Take a look at the trailer for the book, and try not to die of anticipation as you wait for the publication date!”—

“The first in a postapocalyptic trilogy, already being compared to Justin Cronin’s The Passage and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games…I’ve been staying up past midnight to read it.” – Library Journal write-up for 25 Top Fiction Titles from January-April 2012


Fifteen foreign editions as well as an audio version, large-print edition, and a special limited edition: Headline, UK, English-language rights outside of North America; Intrinseca, Brazil, Portuguese-language rights; J’ai Lu, Flammarion, France, French-language rights; Dogan Egmont, Turkey, Turkish-language rights; Neri Pozza, Italy, Italian-language rights; Baumhaus Verlag, Germany, German-language rights; AST, Russia, Russian-language rights; Egmont, Bulgarian-language rights; Egmont, Korean-language rights; Mladinska, Slovene-language rights; Bentang Pustaka, Thai-language rights; Roca, Spanish-language rights; *Chinese-language rights; *Polish-language rights; *Hungarian-language rights.