Review: PARTIALS by Dan Wells

Partials (Partials, #1) 
Dan Wells
472 pages
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

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

    Partials isn’t your typical YA read. But of course, you already knew that. I read mixed early reviews on this giant book of 472 pages. I decided the only way to find out was to read it myself.

   And read I did. Through it all, my thoughts jolted up and down. I liked it now, 50 pages later, I wrinkled my nose, 40 pages later I couldn’t stop reading.

   Yeah, Partials is one of those books. One of those books where you have no idea what you’ll think of it until you finish. For me though, I won’t say I downright loved it, but I can say I really, really, really liked it.

   Like I said, Partials isn’t your typical dose of YA. Dan Wells puts the romance on the sidelines and the action right up in your face. I like that, I really do. But there were times when things just dragged on. Mainly where the medical part came in.

   Kira is a medic, you see. A very smart one. And only days into her internship with the maternity ward of East Meadow’s hospital, she’s made up her mind – she’s going to cure RM.

   Which is easy enough, if you ignore the fact that the world’s top (remaining) researchers have been trying to do just that for the past eleven years. But Kira has more than just sitting and researching in mind.

   This debut isn’t just about searching for the cure under rocks and up in trees. The main character, a strong sixteen year old, is very smart – researching the whole virus thing that’s killing every newborn child. Dan Wells creates a world shockingly realistic – displaying a future more occurable than you would imagine. He tosses in the right amount of humor, details without getting us too drowsy (except for the medical explanations), and action to keep you flipping the pages in time to your racing heart.

   So, pick up Partials or don’t, you ask? Pick it up. Its good. Really, really, really good.

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    Marmaladelibby (aka Ange)

    February 23, 2012

    I agree wholeheartedly. So darn good. And I can't wait to see what happens next!! The action & adventure made me happy. Great review.

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    Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    February 23, 2012

    I'm actually reading this one right now. I'm really really really liking it. I haven't been up and down on it yet and so far, I don't really anticipate being that way.

    Thanks for the thoughts. ;) I'm exciting to finish it and share my own in the next day or two.

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    Rummanah Aasi

    February 23, 2012

    Just by hearing “medical” I know that my eyes would probably skim those parts. There's a reason why I wasn't a science major. ;) I'm looking forward to the adventure and excitement. I'm also kinda glad that the romance is on the sideline as the mission seems much more important.

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    February 23, 2012

    YAYAYAY! I'm so glad you really liked it! Such a good book–I loved Kira and the action and just everything. Yes, the beginning was a bit yawn-y but Hunger Games was the same way. And then it snatches you up and won't let you go. Nice.

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    February 23, 2012

    This one is one that I'm really anticipating! The idea of all newborn children dying is really scary to me – and that's a sign of a good dystopian book! Something that could actually happen and scares the heck out of me!

    I'm glad to hear that you really enjoyed it!

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    February 23, 2012

    While I'm a huge sucker for romance and am a little disappointed it's a background element in this book, it's sometimes nice to be able to focus on a different type of story now and again. Glad to see you enjoyed it Hafsah!

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    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    February 23, 2012

    lovely review, i'd read this if I were into the dystopians

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    February 23, 2012

    I am really interested in this book. I have heard a lot of different things about it, but in general, it seems people like it. I really love dystopians, and the premise sounds great. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the wonderful review!

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    February 23, 2012

    I've heard a few mixed things, too, but lately the reviews for PARTIALS I've read have mostly been quite positive. I really hope that I'm going to get to it soon, especially after reading yet another positive review – yours. ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Fictional Distraction

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    ashelynn hetland

    February 23, 2012

    Oh man I LOVED Partials! <3 Such a fantastic science fiction, and yeah, different from other YAs. Even though I love romance, I liked that it was set aside in this book. A little excited to see what happens in book two, though.

    My review of Partials.

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    Katie @ BlookGirl

    February 23, 2012

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I've read mixed reviews as well and was not sure if this would be one I'd read. I think I'll give it a go, though! :-)

    Happy reading!

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    Candace @ Lovey Dovey Books

    February 25, 2012

    Sounds like it'll be a good read! Sometimes it's nice to read a story and not feel the same way about it as you're reading.

    Thanks for the review!

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    February 25, 2012

    Everyone seems to find the medical aspect boring in this book but I think I would like it. I am going to school for nuclear medicine so I think I might connect with what the MC is trying to do. Plus I have to admit I'm interested in a YA book that is different than everything out there right now.

    Thanks for the awesome review!

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    February 26, 2012

    I loved this book, I'm super excited to read the second book, great review.

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    Denise Z

    March 3, 2012

    I have been watching this one and have it on my wishlist. I am glad you liked it overall cause I really want to LOL

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    Bonnie Regan

    March 30, 2012

    Dystopians are one of my favorite genres ever… this is one I can't miss. :)

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    Erika Anderson

    August 4, 2012

    I really want to read this! Now I really need to read it after reading another positive review!

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    Alyssa Susanna

    August 14, 2012

    I finished this book a couple weeks ago, and loved it! It's been on my TBR list for a reallyyy long time. I never thought I'd get around to reading it. There were definitely some parts of the book that I quickly read, in the attempt to finish the book. At the beginning, I could NOT get into the book. It took me many tries before I actually sat down and read the book cover to cover. But I'm glad I did. It was great. Thanks for the review!!!

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    nurmawati djuhawan

    October 26, 2012

    great review…
    i think i'll buy this book from TBD soon …

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    November 6, 2012

    I'm really intrigued by this book. It was so refreshing in this genre, yet something held me back. Hopefully, more questions are answered in book 2.

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    January 20, 2013

    Thanks for the review. Since I am a nurse, and a labor and delivery nurse too, I would probably really like this one. I also like me some action.

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    January 23, 2013

    I really liked his other series so I will have to try this one. Thanks!

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    nurmawati djuhawan

    February 22, 2013

    i am waiting my partials come from TBD…sounds a great book..
    thx u for the review :)

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    Jennifer Messerschmidt

    February 25, 2013

    Sounds exciting! I love books about trying to find cures. Although I do prefer my romance if the action is really good then it will keep me interested. Kira sounds smart and I heard she kidnaps one of the partial things? don't know what they are called for questioning. That part sounds super intriguing.