You can also see my review on my blog at The Bookaholic, http://the-bookaholic.blogspot.comPure was strange and imaginative. I had a hard time getting into the characters, but the story itself was engaging and unusual--oddly descriptive and visual. There is a bit of a slow start in the beginning, and a struggle to understand the world at first, but once I got into it, I found myself breezing through the pages. Excellent world-building. Nicely developed and I felt it was believable, despite the odd details. I would hate for this to occur to our world--and after reading, the idea does scare me. Of course, I don’t like getting all political. Haha.. But Ms. Baggott will really get you to thinking after reading this about the state of the world and crisis events that really can happen. It’s not a pretty picture, that’s for sure.I really loved the poem, it was a bit creepy-- and the whole story in general was a bit Tim Burton-esque with the descriptions. You know how “Ring Around the Rosie” was originally made? I loved how Ms. Baggott created the poem for Pure out of a tragedy, a new creepy rhyme, that children grew up singing in this new world. “Burn a Pure and breath the ash.Take his guts and make a sash.Twist his hair and make a rope.Use his bones to make Pure soap.”What I really liked most that it wasn’t heavy on romance for a YA. This one moreso focuses on the world-building and characters and I believe it’ll appeal to everyone, male and female, especially the older market. 4 stars!