Fuse - Julianna Baggott There's something about these books that really draws you in, a visceral experiencing of the plot that lingers long after you put the books down. This is the kind of sequel that absolutely must not be read without first reading [b:Pure|9680114|Pure (Pure, #1)|Julianna Baggott|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1302743156s/9680114.jpg|14568028], and is a more than worthy continuation. The world in Fuse has settled into itself. It now feels more familiar than strange, the hybrids and fused humans seem natural after spending so much time with Pressia and Bradwell - and of course El Capitan and his brother - and yet there is still plenty of room left for events that surprise and shock. The mothers are more miliant than ever, a delightfully creepy blend of gentleness and feminist extremism. Their hatred of all men - who they call "Deaths" is a major catalyst here.

There is still a romantic edge, and it feels real and necessary and right, a rare occurence in YA writing and literature. And yes, [b:Fuse|9752754|Fuse (Pure #2)|Julianna Baggott|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1362017479s/9752754.jpg|14642009] is literature in nearly every sense of the word: lit·er·a·ture
1. The body of written works of a language, period, or culture.
2. Written material such as poetry, novels, essays, etc., esp works of imagination characterized by excellence of style and expression and by themes of general or enduring interest
3. Imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value: "Literature must be an analysis of experience and a synthesis of the findings into a unity" (Rebecca West).

Baggot's words are placed with meticulous care; her world is darkly gorgeous, the characters that fill is are equally flawed and wonderful. I literally did not (could not put this down until I had devoured every word, and at 463 pages that is no small undertaking. The next book cannot come soon enough.