Fuse by Julianna Baggott | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To Fuse by Julianna Baggott?

You know how sometimes a finished series can be out for a long time and you read book one, enjoy it, but kind of get waylaid by other books? Then years go by. All of a sudden, you see the book pop up on Hoopla to borrow as an audiobook. Is this seriously only the story of my life? Anyways, I LOVED Pure when I first read it, years and years ago when it came out. It was weird and different and gritty and interesting. Yet, because I am the worst, I never did get around to reading Fuse basically immediately. Now, nearly four years after release I have FINALLY dived in. Onto Burn which is book three hopefully before another four years passes.

What’s The Story Here?

Fuse by Julianna Baggott essentially picks up where book one, Pure leaves off. So you should read my review of Pure and not spoil yourself if you haven’t already read the first in the series. So, Fuse follows Partridge, Lyda, Pressia, Bradford, and El Capitan. Partridge is going back to the Dome because his Dad is making some threats and killing wretches and has some hostages. Also, Partridge has to uncover some of his dad’s secrets. Pressia, Bradford, and El Capitan are basically traveling together outside the Dome following a Black Box. Lyda is pregnant without knowing how babies are made so there’s that. Yes, this is a book where lots of plot threads are happening and things are going down.

How Did I Like Fuse?

I was actually kind of worried going into Fuse. Given how long it had been since I’ve read book one, I thought I would be totally confused and feel as though I was left in the lurch. However, this book is really easy to follow and I felt like my memory was being refreshed as I read it. I did not feel lost at all while reading. I was pretty invested. Parts of it made me a little nervous though, like for Lyda. Now that I have a child and have been pregnant, scenes with pregnancy and babies hit me just a little bit harder and actually impact me. So, again, I won’t delve into any spoilers. Suffice to say though, I am ready for book three and won’t be waiting too long after finally finishing up this book.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook has MULTIPLE narrators. The narrators are actually good ones too. Khristine Hvam is among them and she’s kind of a superstar. I can’t name off any of the others off the top of my head. However, they do a superb job. This audiobook is nearly 17 hours but it genuinely goes by quickly. If my library had book three, Burn via audio, I would experience it that way. That’s how much I enjoyed the audiobook version. Unfortunately, it does not, at least yet. Maybe Hoopla will get it soon? Either way this series is phenomenal, even years later, it holds up, I think.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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Comments

  1. I have done the same thing. I read Pure back in 2012! I did get a eARC of Fuse, but never got to it. Maybe audio is the way to go. I’m glad there is a good memory “refresh.” Thanks.
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  2. If I ever find the time, I would definitely benefit from organizing my series reads so I can see where I am at with the massive amount of series I am in the middle of (of which I am in the middle).

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