by Dan Wells
Part of the Partials series
The only hope for humanity isn't human. In a world where people have been all but wiped out by a virus created by part-human cyborgs called 'Partials', and where no baby survives longer than three days, a teenage girl makes it her mission to find a cure, and save her best friend's unborn child.
But finding a cure means capturing a Partial...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 482 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 29/03/2012
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780007465224
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Review by nlsobon
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.
Review by MaryinHB
MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITLike many dystopians thrillers for young adults these days, this one brings in all of the big guns. Genetically manufactured robots(?) known as Partials are human like with emotions and have taken over earth since they bring with them a virus that decimates the population along with death to the point there are very few of either existing since the Partials have a built in expiration date. The humans can't maintain their population since only a few of them are immune to the virus and babies die within days of birth from it. So Kira, a sixteen year old medic in training is on the trail for a cure. With the capture of Samm, a partial, she begins to come closer and closer to a cure but lacks a bit of research. Her lab is blown up and a riot is started as a cover to save Samm from certain death although she doesn't know it, she is part of the Partials plan for their own cure. Whew! This really reminded my of Frankenstein, when the monster discovers he has feelings and the townspeople revolt against the creation of artificial life. It brings into question, the exact meaning of life. So if lab created life has all of the qualities of humans, what makes them not human? The plot moved along these lines but at times it was a bit plodding. I wish it had moved a bit faster but I will definitely want to read the next in the series just to find out what happens next. The end of the book has Kira questioning herself and her own humanity, so I really want to see where this goes. I like both of the main characters, the secondary characters were pretty forgettable though. Each side has their own nasty and unlikable leader and I am still not certain which is good or evil, so that in itself will be interesting to find out.
Review by DarkFaerieTales
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: With the last of the human race trapped on Long Island and rapidly going extinct, Wells explores the lengths society will go to for survival and control. This post-apocalypse sci-fi is a face paced read with an engaging heroine. Opening Sentence: Newborn #485GA18M died June 30, 2076, at 6:07 in the morning. The Review: Eleven years after the RM virus was released, what’s left of humanity is trapped on Long Island. Trapped, because leaving the island puts them into enemy territory–enemies they created. The Partials are super-soldiers, genetically engineered killing machines, that were created by the US company ParaGen to help fight the Isolation War against China. But when the war ended we had no use for super-soldiers. Humanity treated them as less than human, almost like slaves. So they rebelled. They fought back and no amount of infantry could have stopped them. Not that they gave humanity much of a chance. Once they released the RM virus, humans dropped like flies. RM destroyed society. It’s what caused the Break, the division between the war and everything after. People who live in East Meadow have the security of the Defense Grid and the Senate who keep them protected from the Partials, but the Voice has begun attacking. The Voice is a faction of radicals, but their main goal is actually something a lot of people want. An end to the Hope Act. The Hope Act is, essentially, government institutionalized rape. At the age of 18 women are required by law to become pregnant. To try and keep the human race going. The women average about a baby a year, but the required age keeps dropping. Because the babies aren’t living longer than a few days. The RM from the Partials War is killing them no matter how quarantined they keep the mother and child. Our heroine is Kira, a sixteen year old medic intern in the maternity ward. She thought that being in maternity would be where she could do the most good, but watching babies die as she records their heart rate isn’t how she plans to save the world. The hospital barely has enough solar panels to run their monitors and equipment, much less any of the older, more advanced pre-Break equipment. Not that they could use the old technology anyway. The people who built it, or even just knew how to run it, had died already. Even the elevators are shut down. So Kira changes to her specialty: virology. While running tests on some blood work–donated more or less graciously by her boyfriend Marcus–Kira begins to understand just what RM has done to humanity. But the only way she can think to move the research in RM forward is by doing something dangerous, if not deadly. Because no one’s seen a Partial in eleven years. At least, no one who’s lived to tell about it. And getting a sample from the Partials, the cause of the RM and the only research avenue left to explore might do more than get Kira and her friends killed. She could very easily be responsible for the next Partial War. Wells has spun a deep post-apocalypse that rides on the idea of the United State’s indisputable desire to maintain its role in the world as a superpower. These Partials are both more and less than human. Wells does a great job exploring how much power is too much, both politically and physically. He has created adults out of those that should have been children, if children still existed, and he did it with such clarity that you never for a second doubt the relationships he’s built. If there were aspects of the plot that seemed predictable, then this books strongest point is having so many aspects working together that by the time one plot reaches its conclusion, you’ve forgotten what the ending would be. He has worked so many variables into this story, beginning with politics and rights, while ending in romantic relationships. This story was a great start a series that I can’t wait to read more of! Notable Scene: “It’s what I told you before–the top minds left in the world have been studying RM for eleven years. They’ve looked at everything.” “But there has to be something else,” said Kira, flipping furiously through the list. “Live studies, dead studies, blood scrubbers, dialysis, breath masks. There are even animal studies in here. Kira, they’ve studied literally everything they could possibly get their hands on.” She kept flipping through study after study, variable after variable. And as she reached the end of the list, something dawned on her. There was one test subject not included anywhere in the database. A subject no one had seen in eleven years. Kira paused, staring at the screen, feeling dirty and uncomfortable as the virus stared darkly back. If they wanted to understand that virus, why not go to the source? If they wanted to see what true immunity looked like, why not look at test subjects who were truly immune? If they wanted to study RM, what better way than by studying a Partial? The Partials Series: 1. Partials 2. Fragments FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Partials. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.