Tuesday, February 28

Partials by Dan Wells

Partials by Dan Wells
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary:The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

My Thoughts: Okay, so I absolutely loved this book. It was brilliant.

I love dystopian books, I love books where the world could end, where things are rough, where we can see the unimaginable happen without really experiencing it of course.

I was so excited to dive right into Partials. We are introduced to Kira Walker, and her friends. She has a bunch of them but I just wanted to talk about a few who stood out the most for me.

First there is Madison who is Kira's best friend. Than there is Jayden who is Madison's brother. Next up is Marcus who is Kira's boyfriend. There is also Samm, but we don't meet him for a while. Of course, throughout the novel we meet a lot of interesting characters.

The book starts out telling us about the world and what has happened. Kira works in the maternity ward but soon gets transferred to research. This is a world where a weaponized virus has taken hold and people have died. This is because of the Partials. They created the RM and the deadly virus is everywhere. No baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade.

All girls must give birth by the age of 18 but soon Kira is torn because the age is dropped to 16. She is 16 and she knows she's not ready to have a baby just to have the baby die.

Kira is one smart cookie. She is motivated and she decides she will be the one to cure this virus. She will set things right and make sure babies start to survive. If she doesn't than the world will eventually end because everyone will die. If there is no way to reproduce, all human life will seize to exist.

Big shoes to fill right? Kira sets out to go into unknown territory and capture a Partial. This is where she meets Samm. With the helps of her friends, they bring him back and she gets to study him. He's a partial. He can communicate with other partials, they all are linked together. He seems so much like a human.

Kira starts to really bond with him and thinks of him as more than a monster. But of course the Senate won't have this and they plan to kill him once she's done experimenting on him.

All Kira wants is to find the cure, to make the world go on.

But Samm isn't who she thought he was, and she isn't the person she thought herself to be. Things are changing, and changing fast.  Will Kira live long enough to find the cure? Will she be forced into pregnancy and will her life will change all at once? Will the world end with no cure?

Kira is at a battle with herself, her feelings for Marcus, she loves him but can he really ever love her for the person she is?

Partials was a brilliantly crafted book. I loved it. Never a dull moment, always something going on. I loved all the characters, they added spice to it.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series, I'm so pumped up for it. I can't wait until it releases, at least I hope there is another one!  

Overall: Partials was a wonderful novel! I loved the world Wells introduced us too, I loved the plot. I loved the way Samm came off. He was different but in a good way. I loved how smart and dedicated Kira was. She would do anything for her friends, and to find a cure to save Madison's baby.

I loved the relationship with each one of her friends from her boyfriend Marcus to the Partial Samm. Kira was a special girl, caring and secure.

Basically, Partials is definitely a book you should check out soon! I thought it was amazing!

Cover: Love it! It fits so well. I love how we can only see her back and she is looking towards the city. The buildings, the open road, love this cover!

What I'd Give It:


Vivien said...

My feet have just been ITCHING for this book. It really has everything that appeals to me. I absolutely cannot wait. Sounds excellent!

Cass said...

I LOVED this book! Great review

Alexa said...

Lately I've been reading good reviews on this one but no one has yet to think it was amazing. I'm really glad that this one really pushed into that category for you. Now I can't wait for the copy I've got on hold at the library to come in.

Thanks for the great review!

Mandy said...

Ooh, I've been dying to read this book. I love the new Dystopian trend! I'm really glad you liked this. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and dive in!


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