Burn by Julianna Baggott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This it, I think, the end of the "Pure" series, and it sort-of works as a stand-alone. There is enough exposition in the beginning to help people new to the series work out what happened before, and what's going on now; at times I wondered if I'd read the previous books because of the skillful way that part is done.
Having said that, this version of a dystopia isn't quite my cup of Earl Grey. It's certainly plausible, that there would be an event that would leave people fused to whatever they're holding a the time, and it's equally plausible that some mastermind (evil, of course) would engineer that to help purify the world. We've seen genocides before, right? It's just that, well, for some reason, I didn't care as much as I probably should have cared. That's probably due to the plethora of dystopian books I've been reading the past few years more than anything else, but it's also in part because the characters hadn't grown in ways that made me care more this book than previously.
ARC provided by publisher.