Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review: Partials (Partials Sequence #1) by Dan Wells

Release date: February 28, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Purchased
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Facebook

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only 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 have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of 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 find 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.

So we finally managed to engineer super-soldiers...and then they decide to revolt. 
Go figure. 
And even though they were winning the war, they decided to release a virus that wiped out the vast majority of humanity. The humans who were resistant to the RM virus live together now, but their numbers are dwindling. Babies die within a few days of being born, and time is running out to find a cure.  
Kira is a sixteen year old medic who believes that the cure can be found within the Partials genetic code, and she's determined to find a subject to help her prove her theory. Unfortunately, there is a civil war brewing within her small community, and the government officials are too preoccupied with keeping the peace to listen to her. There's also the small problem of her being too young for anyone to take seriously. Once her best friend becomes pregnant, though, Kira's determination to find a way to save the babies goes into overdrive. With the help of her closest friends she sets out on a dangerous journey that will change everything, especially Kira's understanding of what it means to be human.      

I'd seen some bad reviews of this one, but it looked so darn cool that I finally decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, because it turned out to be a good read. The characters were different than I thought they would be, and I love being surprised by things like that.
For example, I thought I knew how the romance would pan out. You know, the old boyfriend turns bad, and the new guy is a dream? 
Not so much. 
Kira's childhood sweetheart, Marcus, is really funny and laid-back. And even though I didn't feel a passionate burn coming from those two, it still felt like they needed and respected each other. 
Also, I'm a sucker for a guy with a sense of humor
Samm is...well, he's interesting too, but I don't want to give anything away. At any rate, the plot doesn't focus on romantic stuff as much as I thought it would. I think it's because Kira is a pretty of a self-contained character who isn't consumed by thoughts of boys. 
I know, right?! What's wrong with that girl?

I also thought I had the secret twist figured out within the first few chapters. A couple of chapters later, and I just knew I was wrong. Then I was right...then I was wrong again. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, something would pop up and poke holes in my theory.
Good job, Mr. Wells! You had me going in circles right up till the final GOTCHA moment!

I don't recommend this if you're looking for a romance driven book, but if you've been dying to read a dystopian novel about androids taking over the world, then you may want to check this out.


Ning said...

haha great review!! I loved this one, even with the minimal romance! Fragments is just as good and has a lot more things going on. And more Samm!! I swear I'm in love with that robot!


I've got to get it! I was hoping for more Samm in the next one!

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