Pure, ended - except everyone is scattered about and dealing with the aftermath in their own way. Pressia, Bradwell, Captain and Helmund are all together, building an army. Pressia can't get the image of her mother out of her head and is dealing with some serious survivor's guilt. Bradwell is working on unlocking the black boxes - certain that they hold the key to the truth. They are conveniently avoiding any topic in which they might discuss the role they play in each other's lives. Partridge and Lyda are technically together, but are being kept separate while under the care and security of the Mothers. Partridge is feeling some major father hate right now, but can't decide on what his role should be in whatever happens next. How is he supposed to lead from within? Willux is not going to wait around - he has the latest and greatest weaponry developed by the Dome ready to do what it takes to get Partridge back - and hopefully the secret formula that will save his life. And what is the Dome going to do? Kill the innocent "wretches" surrounding the Dome, one at a time.
I am still fascinated with this world. There is so much going on here - so many underhanded dealings - it is hard to know who to trust. But this little band of unlikely heroes must figure it out quickly or all is lost. Lyda really shone for me in this book. She is still fighting everything she has been taught, and really learning to trust herself and this entirely new environment. I love the way she loves Partridge, and the way he loves her back. Pressia is still pretty amazing, of course and I really like Bradwell's commitment to finding the truth. And I mostly feel badly for Captain... he has such a good heart that I hope he allows to be seen before it is too late.
I'm really looking forward to reading the last book of this trilogy - Burn. I know how I want this adventure to end, but I have absolutely no idea how it really will finish up and certainly no idea what is going to happen next. Fuse ended in such a cliff hanger that really anything can happen now!
by Julianna Baggott
Grand Central Publishing, 2013