Fuse is the sequel to Pure, and is perhaps even more thrilling than the first book. In it, Partridge, Pressia, Bradwell, El Capitan, and Lyda are rocketed on separate quests to save their incredibly flawed world. More secrets about the evils of the Dome are revealed, and the reader’s hunger for justice grows as it grows within the characters.
There was so much about this book that I loved. One of the things that stuck out the most to me was the development of the relationships between the characters. Pressia and Bradwell learn how to navigate their complicated feelings for one another–their love mixed with the fierce desire to protect one another by denying their mutual feelings. Lyda and Partridge explore the feelings they never got to admit to each other when they were inside the Dome. Even El Capitan and his brother Helmud start to build a relationship–one that consists of more than mutual hatred for their nearly unbearable situation. Helmud begins to show a personality of his own, and as twisted as it is, their relationship is a little bit heartwarming.
The plot was strong in this one. I was constantly kept in the grip of suspense. Because she did such a good job of establishing relationships between the characters, and of establishing the reader’s affections for those relationships, the strain and danger she puts them through is really emotionally taxing on the reader. Partridge and Lyda, especially, separated by forces much more powerful than they are, keep the reader guessing about what will happen to their budding love.
Julianna Baggott has created a very strong second novel for her trilogy. It did not feel like a filler, as second novels often do. I was very impressed with her ability to make it feel like it’s own story. That said, I really cannot wait for the third one to come out, though I know it won’t be for a long time. Her world-building and storytelling are skillful enough that I’m dying to know what happens in the end! Too bad there isn’t even a publication date yet. The good news is that gives you (the people who haven’t picked up and read both of them yet) the time to get caught up and breathlessly await the conclusion to the series!