Genres: Dystopia, Sci-Fi,
Release Date: 29/03/2012
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For fans of The Hunger Games, Battlestar Galactica, and Blade Runner
comes the first book in the Partials Sequence, a fast-paced,
action-packed, and riveting sci-fi teen series, by acclaimed author Dan
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with
Partials - engineered organic beings identical to humans - has decimated the
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. But sixteen-year-old Kira
is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what
is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans
and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war's
origin that she never knew to ask.
Partials has some of the
best world building I have ever read. Dan Wells was able to describe a
vast, desolate America easily and descriptively, just as well as
describing the small community that Kira lives in On top of that, Kira's
smart and knows her medical stuff which isn't glossed over - everything
is detailed but I never felt confused or stupid about the science side
of things and kept up easily.
I really loved Kira, she's become one of my all time favourite female leads. She's very intelligent, pursuing a medical career at the age of 16 but she's also very determined and resourceful. She thinks of new ways that might lead to curing the virus that's killing of the last of humanity babies fairly quickly, and stops at nothing once she puts her mind to it, no matter how worn out she is or how much pain she's in.
The love aspect in this book is very refreshing. Kira does have a boyfriend, Marcus, but unlike most girls in books, she doesn't spend all her time thinking about him when she has more important things to do, like saving the human race. I did twitch a bit when she noted that the Partial was attractive, but there were only hints of something there, no real romance. It was so nice to see that take a back seat!
There's some great characters in here, with really varied personalities. Marcus really kept me laughing throughout the book, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in the next book. Xochi was also pretty funny, in a grim, determined Zuzanna (DoSaB) way. Then there's characters that I didn't see enough of in this and hoping to get to know in the next book - Madison and Samm. Did I mention that the reasoning behind Samm's name is seriously cute?
My only problem with this book was that it ended - and on a cliffhanger! I can't order the sequels for 5 days and then I'll have to wait for them to arrive, the waiting is going to kill me, I just know it. The have very high hopes for the next books so I'm really hoping they're just as good as this one.