Baggott has crafted a gritty, dirty, painfully real world where survival is a struggle and life is anything but ordinary. Characters are wonderfully scarred both physically and mentally with all the accompanying emotional hangups. Somehow Baggott has created characters who are both more and less human, but who epitomise the human condition. The plot takes a while to develop so it is the characters that truly draw the reader in and sneak themselves into brain and heart. I found myself thinking about Pressia's world often between readings, wondering what life would be like after the bombs drop. Would it be better to die in the blast? Or survive as something far different than you were before? Would your values remain?
This is a cautionary tale, Baggott does not flinch from the horrors of life after atomic/nuclear/biological armaggedon. Recommended for older readers. Unique, haunting and strangely beautiful, I have never read anything quite like Pure.