Interview + Giveaway: Burn By Julianna Baggott

One of my favorite crossover series is the Pure series by Julianna Baggott.  I was absolutely riveted by this post-apocalyptic word and the conclusion, BURN,  is coming out on February 4th!  I have Julianna on the blog today answering a few questions about writing the series. Go here to add the series on Goodreads.

Here’s a little bit about BURN

burnInside the Dome, Patridge has taken his father’s place as leader of the Pures. His struggle has led him here, intent upon bringing down the Dome from the inside, with the help of a secret resistance force. But things are not as simple from his new position of power and he finds himself tempted by his father’s words: perhaps if the world is to survive it needs the Dome – and Partridge – to rule it… As Partridge’s resolve weakens, Pressia and Bradwell continue piecing together the clues left to them from the time before the Detonations. It is their hope that they will be able to heal the Wretches, and free them from their monstrous fusings and the Dome’s oppression once and for all. But everything depends, too, on Partridge. Separated by distance and history, can they still trust their friend and ally? Or is the world doomed to an eternity of war and hardship? – Goodreads










What is the hardest part about writing a conclusion to a series?

Saying good-bye and how you do it. It’s personal, deeply. It’s the end of years of work. It’s the largest scale work I’ve ever written and therefore ever had to say good-bye to. The ending, it might surprise you, is a little bit of a relief but it’s also a personal ending.

Plus, what to tie up. What to allow to be messy — like life as it trudges on.


If you look on Goodreads, it’s full of a lot of people who are very anxious to read BURN.  Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect from book 3? 

Well, as with the first two, it’s no lulling lullaby. The stakes are raised. Alliances are rickety. Some snap.

There was a lot of traveling in book 2.  When you’re writing, how do you keep everyone’s geographic location straight?  Do you use maps?

I rely on a lot of help. Geography isn’t my strong suit.

If you had to choose between living in the dome or on the outside, which would you choose?

I feel like that’s a decision we each make it tiny ways every single day of our lives.

What are you working on now?

THE BLOOMED LIFE OF HARRIET WOLF comes out next spring … I’m in editorial mode…


Julianna Baggott Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. She has published nineteen books over the last twelve years. Film rights for her forthcoming novel PURE, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and ALA Alex Award-winner, have been acquired by Fox 2000. The third book in the trilogy, BURN, will be released in 2014. There are over seventy-five foreign editions of her novels to date.  
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Thank You, Julianna!

The kind people at Grand Central are letting me give away THREE finished hardcovers of BURN!  This series is one of my favorites and you do not want to miss out!  You must be 13+ to enter.  It’s open t residents of the US and Canada only.  Good Luck!

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16 responses to “Interview + Giveaway: Burn By Julianna Baggott

  1. Carl

    I’d probably give in to the safety of living inside the dome. Sounds like things are changing there anyway. Thanks.

  2. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book of this series, but I was interested enough to see where it went so I picked up Fuse. I loved it. I kinda want to reread Pure to see if my opinion changes since I liked the second book so much. I’m excited to see how it’s all going to end. I think I would choose to live outside. A dome would be too confining for me. I would crave freedom every single day.

  3. Hillary R.

    That’s a hard question to answer only because there would have to be a good reason to live in one or the other. I think I’d live in a dome if the outside was too bad to live in, but at the same time if it weren’t too bad than I’d want freedom from the outside. Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

  4. I still really need to catch up on this series! I can imagine it’s very bittersweet to say goodbye to a series you’ve worked on for so long. I don’t know how authors do it. Lovely interview!

  5. Danielle D

    Thanks for this chance – I’ve heard great things about this series (and not just in this blog post 😉 )!

  6. Jaime Lester

    I don’t know! It depends I suppose. If I lived inside, I would be able to help bring it down from the inside, and help free the people. But I could do the same from the outside, face the dangers, and be freer! Tough choices! Thank you so much for the giveaway. I am such a huge fan of the covers for this series.

  7. Chenise J.

    I have the first book but unfortunately haven’t read it yet, but this is a series that I’m really intrigued about. The premise seems so unique! I want to say that I’d rather live inside the dome but being a dystopia there’s probably something super corrupt going on inside there.

  8. January

    I’m not sure! I haven’t read the first book yet, but winning the third is a great excuse to buy the first two! 😀

  9. Zairah Divino

    Tough question. I would like inside if the leaders aren’t so selfish like Partridge’s father. I like it on the outside too just for the experience. lol.

    *fingers (and toes) crossed*

  10. Heather

    I’m so excited for the end of this trilogy! Even though I haven’t gotten to the second book yet, I’m fascinated by this post-apocalyptic world and the beautiful, gruesome horrors of it. I’m honestly torn as to whether I’d choose to be a done-dweller and have an easier life, or remain on the outside just to see all the unbelievable things Julianna Baggott has dreamed up. But considering that I have a feeling this story won’t have an easy ending, maybe it’s for the best that I don’t have to make a decision either way.

  11. Tammy

    I’ve seen this series at my library. I’m going to check it out. Maybe outside the dome since opression does not sound fun but I’ll read and get back to you.

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