Author: Dan Wells
Release Date: February 28th 2012
Rating: 5 Birds
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.
When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.
Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival.
If you’ve spent a lot of time on MMSAI, you will notice that Science Fiction isn’t really reviewed a lot here. Now, it’s not to do with me not liking it at all, but more that I just never get into it enough to really enjoy it consistently, so I spend time reviewing things I have a better track record of liking.
When PARTIALS landed in my lap, I am very thankful I only thought it to be a Dystopian novel, because I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to be a little “judgy” and may have passed over it for having science fiction undertones.
To say I liked PARTIALS, would be an understatement. To say I loved it, would also be an understatement. Here, maybe this will help you understand how much I enjoyed it: When I finished the book, I held it to my chest and stared off into the distance of the backyard and simply said to my husband, “This is the best book I have read in a really, really long time. And, it’s part science fiction!”
In PARTIALS you will travel to 2076, to a desolate, crumbling corner of the United States where the last 1% of the worlds population has gathered to try to survive together. A sinister robot army, crated by the humans, that look and feel and function like humans have wiped out the worlds ability to reproduce with the RM virus. (side note: creating a robot army to fight for you never goes well in books and moves, does it) Without a cure to RM, the human race will cease to exist in only a few dozen years. Faced with extinction and saving her race, Kira will fight to find a cure even if it costs her her life.
I found that I enjoyed all the characters in PARTIALS, taking to each ones little quirks and strengths. This is a bit odd for me, especially when you have such a large cast to get to know. Kira, our protagonist, did get under my skin from time with her constant need to save people even if they were already gone. I shook the book a few times yelling for her to run or just to get over it. Luckily I didn’t read PARTIALS in public or I would have no doubt been committed!
PARTIALS is a non-stop thrill ride, every time you think that nothing else can go wrong, or nothing else could happen….you will turn the page and find yourself in the middle of another problem to solve. Don’t worry, it won’t be the kind of exasperating issues that you find your self saying “just end already”, you will be thankful for every plot twist! I promise. I sat at the edge of my seat, bit my nails, cried, breathed huge sighs of relief, and closed the book begging for more.
Like I said, get this book! Do it now! Don’t be the only person not talking about!!!!
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*Thank you to the wonderful people at HarperCollins for providing MMSAI with an ARC of PARTIALS.