Book Review: Partials (Partials #1) by Dan Wells
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Holy. Frak. I think that about sums up my reaction after finishing “Partials”.
I’m going to do this review a bit differently:
What did I like about “Partials”?
- The cover is awesome.
- Kira is a fantastic, strong heroine.
- Amazing world building.
- Intriguing, and original, plot.
What didn’t I like about “Partials”??
- Nothing, because I loved every bit of this novel.
If you are a fan of science fiction, awesome storytelling, and strong female main characters – then you need to check out “Partials”. Immediately. This is one of the best – if not the best – post apocalyptic novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.
“Partials” is set in 2076, eleven years after a war with the Partials has nearly wiped out humanity. The youngest person alive is fourteen years old. And although they’ve been trying to rebuild their population, even going as far as to instate the Hope Act, which makes it so that any female over the age of eighteen is required to become pregnant, none of the babies have survived.
Kira, a sixteen year old intern, wants to cure the RM virus responsible for killing the infants. When she learns of her friend Madison’s pregnancy, it drives Kira to search for a cure to the virus on her own. She doesn’t want Madison to experience what the other mothers have; she doesn’t to watch as her friend’s baby is carted off to be buried with the others.
And that is where I stop going into detail, as I don’t want to spoil anything.
Let’s just say that you’ll love Samm.
In all honesty, while it hasn’t topped “Cinder” as my favorite this year, it is definitely one of the best books of 2012. “Partials” has some of the best world building I’ve come across in a novel, something that most other post apocalyptic books seem to lack. And the characters are all very well-developed. I can’t say enough good things about this book, honestly. Just know this: “Partials” will take you on a thrill ride that’ll leave you desperately craving the second book.
Seriously, is it 2013 yet?
Bit of advice: stay away from the audio book. I decided to use my credit at audible for Partials, as I didn’t want to put it down while at work. Big mistake. The audio book nearly put me to sleep – the narrator’s voice managed to turn an awesome story into a snooze fest.
The awesome book trailer: