March 17, 2012

Review - Partials (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.

Trying to save her best friend from loosing her baby to an omnipresent deathly virus, Kira sets out to seek answers and a cure by finding those thought responsible for all this - the Partials. Yet it soon turns out that not all is as it seems, on both sides, humans and Partials.
With a gripping plot, which personally I haven't seen in a similar variation in any other book in the latest flood of YA dystopian novels, Partials by Dan Wells was like being sucked into the middle of an action movie. Twists and turns along the way, some a bit foreseeable, though that might have just been me, there was one particular thing that honestly surprised me. For once an author didn't rely on some love triangle to keep the story's momentum, and I applaud this decision. Still I would have expected the somewhat troubled relationship between Kira and Marcus to be a bit more emotional and less mellow, just the same I think it's a shame that the partial boy Samm didn't get explored further in his uniqueness. Maybe the sequel will make me happy in that regard.
Last but not least, fiction might not always be realistic, but if a girl solves within days what plenty of doctors couldn't in a decade, one should think that the medical terms had received a more serious approach instead of the "kiddie talk".
In short: Fast paced and action packed this book has great movie potential!

3/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. You've hit the nail on the head with YA dystopian fiction. Teenagers seem to be awfully good at solving world problems ;)

    1. That's what it's all about in YA fiction. If at least the terminology was more grown-up too.

  2. AAAh,I see it bothered you too, all that kiddie talk ;) I agree though - great movie potential!

    1. With some books I often come to think they are only ok as books, but would be awesome as movies. Weird, I know!