• Author: Julianna Baggott
  • Artist: Tomislav Tikulin
  • Page Count: 424
  • Pub. Date: October 26, 2014
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-307-8
  • Status: Out of Print

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"PW Star 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."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Pure: The Deluxe Limited Special Edition
by Julianna Baggott

About the Book:
We know you are here, our brothers and sisters...

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.

Note from the Publisher:
The excitement surrounding this new book reminds a lot of people of the excitement for The Passage by Justin Cronin, and our special edition for that book sold out in just FOUR hours! The film rights for Pure have sold to Fox 2000, so it sounds like this is the beginning of a series that people are going to be talking about for years to come. Don't wait to add this special edition to your collection!

Special Features Exclusive to this Collector's Edition:
• epic cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin
• deluxe oversized design
• a full-color signature sheet personally signed by the author
• extremely collectible print run that is a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of copies of the version you'll see in bookstores — and you will NOT see our edition in chain bookstores!

"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

"PW Star 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."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Julianna Baggott's Pure is testament to the might and beauty of Grimm-dark imagination. The devils of the human psyche will not be quelled, and this book, like the best of Poe, intrepidly confronts what our bad clan is capable of, the fragility of all human feeling, and the possibility that hope can redeem the wastelands we've made. 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. The story that emerges from the ashes shines like a jewel on a dark horizon, and this tale about family, the power of faith, and the search for love is sure to haunt the imagination of readers for a long, long time."
— Matt Bondurant, author of The Wettest County in the World

"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, bestselling author of Angelology

"This new novel of Julianna Baggott’s is so bizarre and wonderful and transportingly self-contained and yet so resonantly rich that I truly forgot where I was or who I was. . . . I was profoundly enchanted. . . . 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, for adults young and old, by one of our finest writers."
— Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

"Original and masterfully written, Pure features great characters and a story that is, from page to page, startling, harrowing, and touching. I recommend it wholeheartedly."
— Jeff VanderMeer, World Fantasy Award winner and bestselling author of City of Saints and Madmen

"Pure is a post-apocalyptic thrill ride, filled with wildly inventive characters whose journey of struggle and revolution manifests as a fast-paced narrative full of promise and hope. As visceral and kinetic as it is socially relevant, Pure is bursting with imagination and epic adventure. Baggott is here to stay. And we are all the beneficiaries."
— Steven Schneider, producer of major motion pictures Paranormal Activity I and II

Julianna Baggott is the author of many books and her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry 2000, 180 More Extraordinary Poems for Everyday (ed. Billy Collins), The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry, Glamour, Ms. Magazine, and has been read on NPR's Talk of the Nation. Her books have received critical acclaim from reviewers and fellow authors alike.

Published in two states:
• Deluxe Oversized Hardcover Limited Edition of 698 signed and hand-numbered copies bound in full-cloth, Smyth sewn, and featuring a full-color signature sheet ($60)
• Deluxe Hardcover Lettered Edition of 52 signed and hand-lettered copies bound in leather, Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker, raised hubs on the spine, custom gilded page edges dipped by hand, a full-color signature sheet, unique hot foil front cover stamping artwork, and full color illustrated endpapers not appearing in any other edition ($250)

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