There’s no shortage of dystopian YA novels out there. The subgenre has gone past being a trend, and now it seems to be reaching a saturation point. But even if you’ve read one too many post-apocalyptic teen novels lately, make room on your shelf for Pure by Julianna Baggott, because it’s a good one. Dark and wildly imaginative, it tells the story of Pressia, a 16-year-old girl badly burned from the Detonations, a man-made catastrophe that has changed the course of history. The Detonations have divided the world into two classes of people: Pressia and the other damaged people who live in a dangerous, ash-filled world; and the Pures, who live protected under the Dome.
The film rights have already been claimed by Fox after a heated bidding war, and the book comes out Feb. 8. In the meantime, check out the trailer below. If you thought Lisbeth Salander was a bizarre-looking heroine, you haven’t seen Pressia yet!