Pure, by Juilianna BaggottRead about another book on the list.
In Baggott’s post-apocalyptic tale, after the Detonations, people living outside the Dome became fused to whatever was at hand: doll heads, the engines of cars, the earth itself. There’s some horrific imagery here, if you’re into this sort of thing: a harshly physical horror. They are “wretches,” seen as less than human. Inside the dome are “pures,” one-percenters untouched by the environmental and social destruction. The plot concerns Pressia, a wretch who, at 16, is conscripted into a brutal militia; and Partridge, a young man who is the son of one of the most important people in the Dome. Their trajectories point towards one another: Pressia straining for the shimmering perfection she sees in the Dome, and Partridge seeking escape from the emotional sterility of his life. What they each find on the other side of the glass is not what they’d hoped for.
The Page 69 Test: Pure.