From Goodreads: When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.
Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.
An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fuse continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.
This novel is perhaps a little less disturbing than the first as readers are ready for the extreme images Baggott intricately weaves throughout her story, but it is still a jarring experience. Pressia, with her blinking doll head fused to her hand, the Mothers, with their children fused to different areas of their bodies, El Captain, with his brother fused to his back, and Bradford, with his water birds fused to his shoulders, set the stage of this intense novel as these wretches work their hardest to survive and fight back against the violent attacks from the Pures. Fuse is 100% mind blowing and mind boggling, and Baggott never ceases to amaze me as her imagination takes readers into a whole new world filled with death defying technology and mystery.
Perhaps what I love most about the series is the way Baggott delivers her chapters. Each one focuses on a different character, and while all told in third person, it follows them on their own particular journey because, within 450+ pages, there are a lot of characters going off in different directions. It’s not confusing, though. Baggott names her chapters after the characters the chapter will follow, and then entitles it something that relates to the material, as well. And, she always ends chapters at the climax, leaving readers dying to know what’s going to happen next for a certain character, while diving into new information about another we’ve been waiting to hear more about. It’s a great strategy, and I really love it, though I will admit that this is a very long read. It moves fairly quickly, but with all the fused images, and some of the procedures within the novel, I found myself slowing down a bit because it’s a lot to take in all at once.
Partridge is perhaps my favorite, and though a Pure, he is trying to do what is right. However, his luck has run its course, and within the pages of Fuse, some terrible things happen to him that will make readers cringe. Any time one’s freedom and ability to make choices are taken from them, it is an outrage, and watching Partridge endue what he does, without being able to do anything, is very difficult, but the fact that he keeps his head about him as much as possible made me love him all the more. And, with the cliffhanger we are given at the end of Fuse, I am dying to see what happens next. Four stars.
Grand Central Publishing has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read this novel, via Netgalley.