Thursday, 5 April 2012

Review: Partials by Dan Wells

Title: Partials
Author: Dan Wells
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Genre: Dystopia
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: USA:Feb 28th 2012|UK:29th March 2012

Tell Me About It
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.
[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
From the minute I started Partials I was hooked, my tweet says it all.  It is very rare that I find myself really enjoying a book so much from the beginning, but Partials has managed to do just that.  I have just finished reading Partials, and it's not a small read either, but I loved it so much and I am so glad that there is another book in the works.

Partials is set in the future, where after a war and the Partials rebelled, all babies born after the Break do not make it past 3 days of age.  No amount of testing and research has found a cure until Kira captures a Partial and studies it, but only when she is captured herself does she find a cure.  But it's not going to be easy to get back home again with the cure.  Partials are spoken about in the first few chapters, but it's not until we delve deeper in the book that we are actually given more information about what the Partials actually are and we get to learn about the reason for their existence and why they are to be blamed for the human race slowly dying.

I really can't say enough about how much I really enjoyed Partials.  I loved the banter between the characters, especially between Jayden and Marcus which got me a few funny looks when I laughed out loud at them.  I love the variety of characters that are involved with the story, but mainly Kira's close friends.  Each one had their own distinct personality and even though there are a lot of characters in the book it was easy to pick them out.  There was one person that I was not too keen on, it is Kira's friend, Madison.  Knowing what was happening to babies with no hope in sight, she got pregnant for herself, which in the state of the world was selfish of her to make this decision.
Kira is an excellent example of a strong female role model, she fights for what she believes is right and not what she is told to fight for.  She sticks by her friends, and even though she makes decisions that affect them, she is making the decisions for their benefit and not her own, which we get to see as the plot progresses.  Yes she makes bad decisions or wrong choices, but she is only ever making these choice for the benefit of her friends and their families and this and more make her a strong protagonist in Partials.

From start to finish I could not put Partials down, and the twist near the end was great, I just need the next instalment now please.  The world that Dan Wells has built has so much detail and imagery to it.  The characters are well developed but realistic with real problems and decisions and consequences from these.  Even if you don't like Dystopian novels you should still pick up a copy of Partials.

There was one part in Partials that I really enjoyed so I am going to quote it below.
".....I can drug him so hard he'll think he's flying home on a magical gumdrop rainbow.  You could get high off his farts."


  1. Lol, I love the quote you placed. It is hilarious. I really want to pick this book up now. I have no idea it was about babies dying after being alive for three days. That is sad.

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much. Haven't read my eARC of it yet, but I'll definitely need to get to it sometime soon. It sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing. :)



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