4 stars to Partials by Dan Wells

Published April 25, 2013 by katheryn13

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.

So…I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I had been delaying it for months and finally found the nerve to try it. I hadn’t been sure whether I’d like it, and at first I found it slow to get into. The terminology used, the amount of long words and general “dystopian language” I found tiring. One thing I will get out of the way: The amount of times the author uses “kudzu” annoyed me. I swear to god, I got to the point where if I read it one more time, I’d scream!

Right. What I did like? I liked that what I predicted at the half way point, didn’t happen. I mean…wow. I got to a certain part where Kira is with the Partial and I was like “Oh, I can guess what’s going to happen…” and it didn’t.

It was a little sad that there wasn’t much romance in this story, but I guess with everything else that was going on, it would have seemed a bit redundant and wouldn’t have fit.
The whole back story with the government keeping things secret and in a sense, saying one thing but doing another, was very… interesting. I felt it represented well on how life is now with politicians and what might happen in the future. Especially if something like the RM virus happened…
Kira held a positive stand in this and she fought for what she believed in, which was admirable. It showed, also, that whether you do something you feel is right or not, you’ll have to face the consequences. None of the Senate were willing to risk their “control” over the people, and most of all, they didn’t think a 16 yr old plague baby could handle the job where they couldn’t. She damn well could!
I loved the action, the feeling that no one was safe, that anyone could die at any moment. And some did, I’m afraid. Won’t say who, but it gets kinda sad. And intense. And just…all around great. I can’t wait to read book 2, which I believe is already out.

Definitely worth a read. :)

-Kat

One comment on “4 stars to Partials by Dan Wells

  • This looks right up my alley! Definitely adding this to my TBR!
    Think I will agree with you about the language though, sometimes authors overdo it!
    Thanks :) x

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