Study Guide

Pure Tough-o-Meter

By Julianna Baggott

Tough-o-Meter

(4) Base Camp

The novel is pretty straightforward (despite the warped world it inhabits) and the characters all speak like humans, rather than Shakespearean fools.

But—and this is a big "but" and we cannot lie—the beginning of the novel can be tough to understand. We need to learn a whole slew of terms like the Detonations, the Dome, the Message, Groupies, and Dusts. It's not rocket science though—it's more like the flashcards you make for French 1. Just make your way through the opening, and pretty soon you'll be immersed in their world's language.