Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: REALLY LIKED
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.